Originally Posted by Bassett
I was in a store years ago. After a while, I came to realize there was a man standing nearby wearing a veil. He just stood there for a long time. I noticed him. He looked back at me through the veil, as if being noticed was why he was there. Yes, it was Michael Jackson.
I was playing pickup basketball and this tall, athletic black man was on our team. He dominated every game, shooting from outside, taking it to the basket, rebounding, defense... He looked very familiar, and I concluded he was an NBA point guard. (NBA players occasionally played at this gym.) As we walked off the court together, I looked at him, and he just looked back with this look on his face that said, "Yeah, it's really me. In the flesh." All the other players on the court came up to him, shook his hand and said to him, "Love your work, Man." I wondered, does Scottie Pippen walk up to Michael Jordan and say, "Love your work, Man." He looked back at me with a look that said, "Yeah, it's really me. In the flesh." Then someone said, "Congratulations on your Oscar." I thought to myself, What NBA player won an Oscar? He just looked back at me with a look that said, "It's me. It's really me. In the flesh." Then I realized he was Denzel Washington. He just looked back at me with that look that said, "Yeah, this is your lucky day. 'Cause it's really me. Denzel Washington. In the flesh."
I had a temp job delivering office supplies at MGM's office building in Beverly HIlls. I was riding up the elevator with a young junior-executive type with a briefcase and dockers and a crew-cut. We made small talk until we arrived at the 9th floor, where the top executives were. I went my way to deliver post-it notes and pencils to the secretaries and he went into a meeting room with a bunch of bigwigs. When I came back through the lobby, all the women rushed up to me and gasped, "What was he like?" I said, "Who?" They sighed and said, "Tom Cruise!"
Another time, in the same store in which I encountered Michael Jackson, there was a man walking all over the store talking very loudly to various clerks. Like Michael Jackson, he didn't buy anything. He just walked all over the store, talking loudly, making everyone notice him. Alec Baldwin, dressed entirely in black, but no veil.
I was coming out of a doctor's office when a horde of people came racing past me, knocking me down. One of them looked down at me and explained, "It's Britney!" Further down the sidewalk I could hear them snapping their cameras and calling out, "Britney! Britney!"