I got on the set of Animal Rescue in East 3rd Street in Brooklyn at 11:30 AM. The crew was getting the set ready, and it was pretty interesting to watch. Some time past 1 PM two SUVs brought in the actors. There were not so many people watching, just me and a group of ladies who later left.
Tom was wearing a denim shirt and his funny sunglasses. As soon as he got out of the car, I yelled from across the street: “Hey, Tom! Can we take a picture with you?” And he was like,”No.” His bodyguard, who is a very nice guy by the way, explained that they had a very packed shooting schedule, and Tom could only meet the fans after the wrap-up. Which was supposed to be at 6:30 PM. Damn.
I decided to stay, because I had brought a present for Tom, a book by a Soviet Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov (I’d thought – since Tom was going to film a movie about Soviet Russia, “Child 44” – it would be nice to give him something Russia-related, and also I am Russian myself, so.)
At 5 PM the filming wrapped-up. We, the fans, had been waiting on the corner of the street, outside the set. Finally, the car, that had brought Tom in, moved inside the set. This is how we understood Tom was out and about to leave. I ran to the car. Tom had already been surrounded by people. It was a large crowd. I was stressed out of my mind and thought I was too fucking old for all this running after your favorite celebrity and begging them for autographs when they’re obviously tired and busy.
Up close Tom is very VERY handsome. I think camera doesn’t quite do him justice, he is more attractive in real life than on film. He is tiny (not in a bad sense, he’s just compact and delicately built, and you can’t help thinking, “Wow, Tom, you’re soo cute!”) and really tan, and of all his characters he reminded me most of Mr. Eames.
So a group of people in front of me got their pics taken and autographs signed, Tom took off his homely blue jacket. And then it was my turn.
I gave him the book. At first he was like, “What is it?” It probably looked like I was giving him some odd book to sign. I said: “It’s a present, for you. You’re going to film a movie about Soviet Russia. It’s a book about USSR.” He was surprised! Lol He was like, “Oh, thank you so much!” Some lovely young lady took a picture of Tom and myself. I was grinning like an idiot, I was so nervous. And Tom sort of stroked my back!!! I DIED. I think he could feel I was about to break down. Lol.
Tom also signed my “Black Hawk Down” DVD and a page from the Empire Magazine for Spicywolfette who is in Jakarta, Indonesia and couldn’t come see Tom, but really wanted to. XD
It all took about 15 seconds. I thanked him and left right after it, cause there were still many fans who didn’t get a chance to take their pictures yet. It seemed like Tom was really in a hurry. I stopped on the corner to chat with another fan for a couple of minutes, and by the time we said good-bye, Tom had already been gone.
I’m feeling accomplished. Haha. I hope Tom keeps the book I gave him. I have this silly idea that we fans should give him presents sometimes, even though it’s silly, simply to make him feel like we’re not just there to get something from him?
Oh lucky babe! I love hearing these details and it was lovely of you to give him a present. He gives the fans so much. Thank you for posting xxx