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My trip to see Tom on the red carpet [Sep. 7th, 2013|07:48 pm]
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Tom's new movie Parkland was playing at the Toronto International Film Fest last night. I wasn't able to get tickets but decided to go down and stake out the red carpet. This would not normally be my sort of thing - I don't mind crowds when they're organized, as at Cons, but am not fond of crowds in general.

But of course, I make exceptions for Michael and...
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When I arrived, the crowd was still waiting for Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth to walk the carpet for their movie. I found a place behind some Colin Firth fan-ladies (all in their 50's & 60's) because I assumed they'd leave after Colin did. They were pleasant but there was a professional paparazzi standing with us who I did not like. A teenage girl got very excited for actor Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and was calling for him to come over. The Pap told her to stop because he wanted a pathway clear for Kidman. Well, the Colin Firth fan ladies were NOT having that and started to shout "Jeremy!" too.

When Firth arrived, he did not walk our section of the carpet & I was astonished how bitter a few people got about that, taking it really personally. "I don't like him now." Really?

I made it to the fence & held my spot for the next 2 hours, as the Tom/Zac Efron fans arrived for Parkland, I liked the teenaged fans better - they were sweet & enthusiastic - and the paparazzi left so that was nice. But was amused how excited they got by anyone walking down the red carpet. When this lady came out, the kid next to me practically burst himself calling for her to come over. "PHOTO! PLEASEEEEEE!" So she came over. Afterwards I asked if he knew who she was. Kid: "No. Who is she?!" (It was Bitsie Tulloch form "Grimm.")
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Colin Hanks posed for the professional photographers but didn't walk around. The crowd growled a bit but you figure, someone who grew up with a famous dad has had enough of paps & autograph seekers to last a lifetime.
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Tom arrived in the second last limo and walked around for quite a long time. I was impressed with Mr. Reclusive! He looked a little bemused "Really? All this?" but he gave the fans what they wanted. The lighting was terrible & most of my pics were blurry or show the back of his head. But he towered over everyone so was easy to spot.
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The crowd was shouting "TOMTOMTOM!" This vid gives a taste of the frenzy. I like the boy who says "We love you!" with such fervour at 2.19. Link Vid via tariel22

This is the best picture I managed. He looked great in that suit.
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Once Tom went in, I was ready to go. But I was unable to extricate myself because the next car pulled up and the crowd surged forward "ZACZACZAC!" I thought the fence was going to come down. It wasn't an aggressive crowd - lots of "excuse me" and "I'm sorry" - just a tidal wave of fan excitement. The guards had to run forward to hold up the barricade. The kid next to me burst himself screaming "ZAC!" and got a photo, while Mr. Efron, unknowingly, stepped on my foot.

ZE looks like he has a mohawk in this photo because the crowd behind was pressing on me and literally vibrating with excitement, hence wobbly camera.
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I did manage to get free while Zac was still roaming. But the fans behind me were too polite to let me out at first. "Are you sure?" He might come back here." I had to repeat several times I was fine & please go ahead, take my spot, get your best picture. Didn't want to be rude & say I was only there for Tom.

The shrieks were still echoing for the next 3 blocks as I walked to the train.

In conclusion: I would only do a red carpet again for Tom or Michael. Even though the crowd was well-behaved, I wasn't really comfortable in that environment. If the red carpet is like the jungle, Cons are like petting zoos. And Michael is always willing to be petted. (Metaphorically!) I wish Tom would do a Con.

Last weekend, I went canoeing & we kept disturbing this same heron. He'd fly away and land a little ways up the river, we'd paddle up and startle him again. He was pretty & leggy & shy: Tom in bird form.
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Ottawa has a collection of bad-ass sculptures. I like sculptures that look like they belong in Dr. Who:
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2013-09-08 12:07 am (UTC)
I'm just glad that you got to see Mr Pretty in the flesh. He really is impossible to describe, and as impossible as this sounds, even great pictures don't quite do him justice. I'm so happy to hear that he was lovely to the fans.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 12:40 am (UTC)
I feel very fortunate that I got my quick glimpse! Gratified that the crowd roared so loud for him, and proud of Tom for being such a doll to the fans.

There's been some smart thinking behind Parkland: a serious JFK movie draws a mob of excited fans; Tom gets to show the industry types at the TIFF that he can generate a very devoted audience. It was a good move for him.

I do get frustrated at the dumb questions reporters ask him. If he did a Con, I really think fans would give him better, more thoughtful questions.

He really is impossible to describe, and as impossible as this sounds, even great pictures don't quite do him justice.
After Tom, Zac seemed pint-sized! Those shoulders....and such a beautiful smile.
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[User Picture]From: malugargula
2013-09-08 12:54 am (UTC)
That's awesome! Thanks for sharing
:)
IMO Tom is so much hotter now than is SV. Why doesn't he go to Cons?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 02:26 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I guess Tom is shy to do Cons but I wish he would - fans would love him and if Michael was there too, he would deal with any awkward questions!
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[User Picture]From: roxymissrose
2013-09-08 02:17 am (UTC)
I was all "oooooo Thomas, ach, lucky thing, seeing him live", and enjoying the rest of the pics, the heron pic was *lovely* and suddenly it's all "AAAAAAAAH SPIDEEEEEEEERR!!!!"

So, thanks for jump-starting my heart. :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 02:28 am (UTC)
Sorry! I think the statue has that same shock effect in real life - you round a corner and there it is.

Re. Thomas...like Apollo descended from Olympus for an evening and walked among the puny humans.
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[User Picture]From: suzycat
2013-09-08 02:23 am (UTC)
Well done! I'm laughing at the Efron fans being all BZUH that you would want to leave him to them.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 02:30 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm laughing at the Efron fans being all BZUH that you would want to leave him to them.
Their concern was touching given that I'm about 20 years out of his fan demographic!
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[User Picture]From: phoenixnz
2013-09-08 03:49 am (UTC)
Aww. Tom looks great. So handsome. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 03:52 am (UTC)
He was very dashing!
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[User Picture]From: firebunny
2013-09-08 03:50 am (UTC)
Did you survive the Tom cooties? Could you feel them? I swear they nearly did me in.

If the red carpet is like the jungle, Cons are like petting zoos.
I like this analogy. I think fans are much better behaved at cons because they know they're going to get a chance to meet their faves.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 03:59 am (UTC)
Did you survive the Tom cooties? Could you feel them? I swear they nearly did me in.
I wanted him to keep circling the red carpet forever! Magnificent creature.

I think fans are much better behaved at cons because they know they're going to get a chance to meet their faves.
True! There's less of the "he's not walking this way!" panic because you've bought your ticket, therefore you'll get your chance to see him. (Unless it's Norman Reedus, who is a red carpet experience all by himself.)
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[User Picture]From: lonelywalker
2013-09-08 04:01 am (UTC)
Mr. Efron, unknowingly, stepped on my foot

A true brush with fame!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 04:05 am (UTC)
Fortunately he's not a very heavy boy!
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[User Picture]From: phoenixnz
2013-09-08 04:06 am (UTC)
Aww. Tom looks great. So handsome. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2013-09-08 04:15 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you spotted the elusive great blue heron that is Tom Welling. They really do have a lot in common! And that video was a hoot!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 04:19 am (UTC)
And that video was a hoot!
He probably fell asleep last night with echoes of "TOMMMMM!" in his ears.

I'm so glad you spotted the elusive great blue heron that is Tom Welling. They really do have a lot in common!
Equally pretty and hard to photograph when on the move!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2013-09-08 12:58 pm (UTC)
Aww, Tom is so sweet and bemused by the attention in that vid!

Congrats on surviving the frenzy! I hate that kind of mob craziness too. I much prefer cons - even the disorganised ones have some sort of order!

Is that a Louise Borgeois spider? I remember there was one outside Tate Modern a few years ago - quite freaky!

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 05:03 pm (UTC)
It is a Louise Borgeois spider! There was a little grumbling at its acquisition, because of her not being a Canadian artist, but now the spider is a well-loved landmark.

Aww, Tom is so sweet and bemused by the attention in that vid!
He's very proficient at staying out of the spotlight, can go for months without being seen, so it must be extra disorienting to suddenly be the focal point of a screaming crowd.

I much prefer cons - even the disorganised ones have some sort of order!
More decorum and more self-policing. And this was a mild Canadian crowd - can't imagine what a NY or LA red carpet is like!
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[User Picture]From: lapetite_kiki
2013-09-08 01:17 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'm happy for you! :-)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: cinderella81
2013-09-08 03:17 pm (UTC)
Good lord he's a gorgeous man!!! Sounds like it certainly was an ... interesting experience LOL

Thanks for sharing your pics!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I don't think I'm tough enough for red carpets! But a glimpse of beautiful Tom made it worthwhile.
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[User Picture]From: la_belle_isa
2013-09-08 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad for you that you got to see him! I thought about going but really, I guess I'm too old to drive 6 hours just to maybe get a shot at seeing him! *sigh* I'm impressed that you could make it to the fence.
I didn't know Ottawa had awesome sculptures like that! If I was mayor, there would be public art everywhere!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-08 10:52 pm (UTC)
You made the right call - it was a very long time standing for just a chance at seeing him. Not like a Con, where's there's guaranteed fun between the lining-up! I still cherish hopes that Tom will decide to do a Com some day.

I didn't know Ottawa had awesome sculptures like that! If I was mayor, there would be public art everywhere!
Ottawa used to have terrible outdoor art for years - but in the mid-90's, suddenly they began to acquire cool pieces and now it's quite awesome!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2013-09-09 04:39 am (UTC)
That's awesome that you got to see Tom on the red carpet! :) It's great to hear the fans' reactions to him in that vid. :D

Lovely crane pic.

OMG!EEEEEEK!!!! *hides from the spider* Holy crap! Who thought that was a good idea for a sculpture???
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-09 10:43 pm (UTC)
That's awesome that you got to see Tom on the red carpet! :) It's great to hear the fans' reactions to him in that vid.
I was worried he wouldn't get enough love because most of the people seemed to be there for Zac. But when he stepped out of the car, the crowd exploded!

Lovely crane pic.
Thank you! Only slightly less difficult to photograph than red carpet Tom!

Holy crap! Who thought that was a good idea for a sculpture???
They sometimes stick a red light underneath it, which makes it even scarier!
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[User Picture]From: frelling_tralk
2013-09-09 11:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the pics :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-09-09 10:40 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
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