“What’s the most surreal encounter you’ve had with someone famous?” – the 14 best replies
We’ve all got that celebrity encounter story we like to trot out at parties. For instance, I once spotted Judy Finnigan in a sports centre and she was tiny; I didn’t say we all had good stories. Journalist Michael Segalov wasn’t interested in any old encounters, he just wanted to know about one kind.
what’s the most surreal encounter you’ve had with someone famous? been thinking about this all day… mine was looking up while riding a bucking bronco in Liverpool last year and seeing Hugh Grant looking at me, who then stuck his tongue out and then just shrugged.
— Michael Segalov (@MikeSegalov) April 7, 2019
Michael’s own example set a very high bar, but Twitter stepped up, and these were our favourite surreal encounters.
1. Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes aggressively eating two bananas (one in each hand) while staring in to the window of a Rymans
— LuluKeanWood (@lulukeanwould) April 7, 2019
2. Joanna Lumley
One Sunday morning, when I was 14, my mum woke me up saying, "GET UP, JOANNA LUMLEY IS HERE!!!"
My dad was her taxi driver and on the way to the airport he stopped at our house to show her the view.
— Chris Burns (@Burnser) April 8, 2019
3. Derren Brown
I once had a wee next to Derren Brown whilst he was stood waiting for Teller (from Penn & Teller) to finish having a dump. There was magic in the making…
— (@bracealmighty) April 8, 2019
4. Gonzo the Muppet
Meeting Gonzo from the Muppets. I shook his hand. He told me I was very realistic.
— DawnLJ (@zheSheffielder) April 8, 2019
5. Tom Holland
Encountering Tom Holland at a friend's 21st where I mixed him up with Tom Hollander, ensuring a drunken stand off where I repeatedly insisted he wasn't Tom Holland and he kept saying he was. https://t.co/d1R5YLL3T4
— James Heale (@JAHeale) April 8, 2019
6. Michael Barrymore
Michael Barrymore followed my mum and her friends home on her 50th, and hung about in the house serenading them with bawdy songs, polishing off Southern Comfort and humping my dad on the stairs as a "present"
I politely declined his request for some alone time in the garden. https://t.co/G30OFztnxv
— "Gabriel Szatan" (@gabrielszatan) April 8, 2019
7. Liam Gallagher
Playing pool once, Liam Gallagher walked past and slammed a ball hard into one of the corner pockets. I said, "Liam, what are you doing?" He replied, simply: "Helter skelter." Then he slumped off for a slash.
— Alex Moshakis (@alex_moshakis) April 8, 2019