As I was doing that, I could see someone walking by. I looked up and then went back to what I was doing. Then, my brain said, “look up idiot, it’s John!” I did a double take and looked back up and sure enough, it was him. He smiled at me and said “Hey” and I replied and he put his hand on my shoulder as he walked by! I swear, I could not wipe the stupid grin off my face that whole day.
When I showed up on set early Wednesday morning, I was amazed at what I was going to be doing. We spent about two hours setting up the shot with us as the actors. It was pretty neat to see how everything works. All of the “first” team got there about a couple hours in. The first team included Maya, John, Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan.
During one of the rehearsals, John couldn’t hold it in. It was great! I couldn’t see the faces Jim was making but they were making John laugh. He was trying to hold it in and covered his mouth (much like we’ve seen in the gag reel) and he was turning beet red. It was also a real treat to watch Allison Janney act. She was hilarious and kept changing up some of the lines in each take. It’s pretty cool because I got to watch all of the scenes and got to sit in the actor’s area and not the extra’s area … and I didn’t have to be sneaky about it. I even got the sides for the day which will be a cool little souvenir.
I had a good time getting to talk to some of the actors. Jim Gaffigan came over to where I was sitting and chatted with us. He was really funny. He knew I wasn’t there the last couple days they had been filming and was razzing me. And I don’t know why but I loved hearing Sam Mendes talk.
I must say, that the highlight of my week was getting to talk to John. It was quite an adrenaline rush! I saw him alone during one of the breaks and I went over and talked to him for a good 15 min about Phoenix, basketball, and just random stuff. I told him I was a big fan of the show and left it at that. I didn’t want to freak him out with how many times I’ve seen each episode. He kept thanking me for doing this (what??) and we just chatted for awhile before they started filming again.
After lunch, I was coming out of the bathroom and was going back to set and who happens to pass? Yup, John. He caught up to me and walked with me to set. I told him I played basketball and I had to ask him about the him-losing-to-Clooney thing. I was joking with him as he was trying to explain himself. I was making fun of him for awhile and telling him I could probably beat him. He’s a really funny guy. Then later on, when we were switching from second team (that was us) to first team, whenever he would pass by me he would give me a high five.
All-in-all, it was a really exciting and fun experience that all culminated to this great day. It was really neat to see all that goes into getting a movie made and I really enjoyed geeking out with some of The Office crew. Of course, getting to work with John didn’t hurt either and it was fun having Mexicanity and my Northern Attack friends cheering me on as this was happening. It was cool. I don’t know. It was just a really good week.