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Mark Kermode | 15:48 UK time, Tuesday, 20 March 2012

I'm doing the 5 live show from the USA this week and will therefore miss special guest David Tennant in the studio. He's an actor who makes me feel star struck, who would have that effect on you?

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  • Comment number 1.

    I feel star strucked by loads of people. Maybe Tom Hardy from the Warrior and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy I was completely impressed by his perfomances in these films and I look forward to his upcoming perfomance in The Dark Knight Rises as Bane I was also exceddingly impressed by Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight

  • Comment number 2.

    Undoubtedly, the mesmerising Imelda Staunton. I think she is a remarkable actress. So much so, that I am in the process of writing a 3000 word essay on her acting ability and methods for my film degree. Having studied her so thoroughly and watched her over and over again in Vera Drake and Another Year, I would struggle to compose myself in her presence!

  • Comment number 3.

    Martin Scorsese would have that effect on me, which would not be a bad thing because being star struck can lead to being dumb struck and thus silent. Would have to have questions pre- written definately.

  • Comment number 4.

    It's funny you should feel star struck by David Tennant, who is predominantly better known for television roles (Dr Who, Blackpool) and theatre work. You must be alluding to Mr. Tennant's magnetic personality and talent, rather than him being extraordinarily uber-famous.

    Mark, I know you rarely get awe struck by actors, but you sat alongside Gary Oldman six months ago, and chatted with him!

    What did that feel like?

  • Comment number 5.

    Sure I would be excited about meeting many stars but there are a select few that would be completely speechless over. Tilda Swinton, Viggo Mortensen, Gena Rowlands or the man himself Steve Blum are the first people I thought of.

  • Comment number 6.

    Stanley Tucci or Richard Jenkins. Mainly because I think they would be unfeasibly gracious and kind.

  • Comment number 7.

    I'm probably not the first to say this, but it was actually you, Mark.
    I got to shake your hand way back in December at the live show. You were really nice, and I told you I was a filmmaker. I also told you that sometimes you had stopped me from writing bits in my scripts because "you hate it when writers do that thing". You told me that most of the time film critics are most of the time making it up, reassuringly. Anyway, most of the time, I kept coming up to you asking you stuff, and I felt you got annoyed by me. We got a photo together and you took of to go to Film 24. I tweeted you to photo whilst apologizing for acting like a twerp. You didnt respond so I thought that you did in fact think I was a twerp. I have ashamed myself. :( lol

  • Comment number 8.

    For me the only person would be Milla Jovovich.
    Purely because as an 18 year old in 1998 when i saw The 5th Element i kind of fell in love with her. Now i guess she is known for the Resident Evil films but for me she will always be Leeloo, with all her chicken eating, ass kicking, orange haired magnificence!
    I know it's irrational but it's the only time i felt anything for any celebrity.

  • Comment number 9.

    For me it would be Hans Zimmer as he is amazingly talented and a total professional. He has written some of the best scores in a while and is probably the most sort after composer for film at the moment.

  • Comment number 10.

    The person or creature i would be most star struck to meet would be Elmo. although i'm not 100% sure of the reason why, whether it be the endearing charm Elmo possess, or the sheer mastery in which Kevin Clash performs. Almost as if there's a character within the characters themselves. not only to i think kevin clash is one of greatest artists working in any field, but also one of the most under-appreciated. i know would struggle to hold back the tears in character or not.

  • Comment number 11.

    I've attended a few conventions and the ones I went to last year included attending photoshoots with stars of certain franchises (namely Doctor Who and Star Trek). I soon settled into the routine of waiting in the queue and then briefly exchanging a "Hello" with the star in question before posing for the photo and then leaving. Due to the time spent with them only being brief, it sometimes sinks in that I have actually met and made physical contact with particular stars (e.g. Doctor Who's Karen Gillan). When David Tennant walked passed a queue for his photoshoot (cue the screams), the realisation sinks in that David Tennant just walked past. I may be more star-struck should I encounter stars in a more long-term context.

  • Comment number 12.

    John Billingsley is an astonishing actor. And he could be a good Mark Kermode in a tv biopic.

  • Comment number 13.

    Having seen him perform twice live, and having shaken his hand from the front row, I'm not sure this counts as a hypothesis but being in the same room as Kris Kristofferson has left me staggered on both occasions, I can only imagine how speechless I would be in a conversation.

  • Comment number 14.

    Bill Murray, without a doubt!

  • Comment number 15.

    I feel I could only ever be truly star-struck by women. Women, who I have seen on the big screen and with whose characters I have fallen in love, at some point or another.

    To pick just three (there could well be hundreds) from different generations, how's about Natalie Portman, Helena Bonham Carter and Catherine Deneuve. Yes. If I was to meet any of those three and attempt to speak to them, I just know I'd be reduced to a staring, stuttering, quivering little mollusc of a man. There you have it.

  • Comment number 16.

    If I could meet anyone alive and be star struck by them, it would be one, sole person: Bill Murray. Bill Murray has that quality on screen that even despite rumours he might be a bit a tad difficult in real life, you'd love to hang around and have drinks with him for a day, and perhaps even see if all those 'no one will ever believe you' rumours are true.

  • Comment number 17.

    I was going to say no one (what can I say, I'm not easily impressed), but in fact I met Lionel Jospin last year, the failed French presidential candidate, some monthes after he made a cameo appearance (as himself) in the wonderful and almost miraculous "Le nom des gens". And well, he had this impression on me.

  • Comment number 18.

    For me it would have to be Viggo Mortensen or Gary Oldman, two men who have shown just how talented and dedicated they are. Part of me actually hopes that I don't meet them cause I'm scared what I might do!

  • Comment number 19.

    This got me thinking, but then as I looked to my DVD shelf and saw my copy of Twin Peaks, I realised that it would definitely be David Lynch. Just watching interviews with him makes me feel strange (I think giddy might be the term), and I have no idea how I would act if I was to be in the same room as him.

  • Comment number 20.

    I'm easily impressed by stardom---or those who have even been NEAR stardom. I once met John Wayne's stuntman and was in awe of this elderly but still strong gentleman who had so many years ago been in the presence of "The Duke." I can only imagine how slack-jawed silly I'd be if I met a real cultural icon.

    Oh, and welcome to America, Mark! Memphis is a great town. Say howdy to The King for me if you see him.

  • Comment number 21.

    I'll throw a strange one out here and say Michael Cera. I don't know why, but he's an actor who whenever I see him in a film - let alone if I will ever meet him - I find myself short of breathe and in awe. I've never understood why, after all it's clear that he's not a massive star and his acting talent is often questionable, but I guarantee that I'll end up starstruck if I ever saw him.

  • Comment number 22.

    jeff bridges

  • Comment number 23.

    The guys? John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Kevin Spacey, Mark Rufallo. The gals? Naomi Watts, Dallas Bryce Howard, Samantha Morton, Tilda Swinton. All phenomenal versatile actors full or charisma and empty of pretentiousness and chippyness. I'm sure they'd all be lovely but I'd still resort to silly fawning due to their aura's. Not that I'm likely to bump into them any time soon.

  • Comment number 24.

    Seeing as I've never met any celebrities in person, particularly ones I admire, I'd have to say that meeting Christopher Nolan would be great, as he's to me the best director working today (as a matter of fact, I'd say that Nolan is the Stanley Kubrick of our generation, and you can quote me on that)
    But in terms of actors, Christopher Lee would be someone who left me speechless if I saw him in person, as I've recenty gotten into Hammer Horror films and one of my all time favourite films is The Wicker Man.

  • Comment number 25.

    Alex Proyas - I think Dark City is one of the best (and most under rated) scifi movies ever.

    Angelina Jolie - Because she has such wonderful.....talent! ;)

  • Comment number 26.

    As a huge Alien fanboy, I'd probably fall to my knees in awe if I ever bumped into Sigourney Weaver down Tesco one night. Or anywhere else for that matter.

  • Comment number 27.

    While I have a great admiration for many people currently in the mainstream, off the top of my head I reckon I'd be the most star struck were I to meet Cult Horror Legend Bruce Campbell.

    Even though he's not a hollywood star he is still an actor whose name alone can draw in an audience. It's not just a selection of low budget horror movies that has made Bruce Campbell a notable actor however, as he has dipped into blockbuster movies making cameos in the now discontinued Spider-Man saga, as well as having done small parts in many of the Coen Brothers' films. Even though his work as a leading actor is synonymous with being camp and melodramatic, he has proven himself a strong dramatic actor in his role as an 80 year old Elvis in Don Coscarelli's ridiculous but moving film Bubba Ho-Tep.

    He is an actor whose presence alone I still find entertaining, despite the quality of whatever show or film he may appear in.

  • Comment number 28.

    Paul Thomas Anderson would be the person who make me the most star struck I think. I just don't know what I'd say to the best filmmaker making movies today, he's next level great, I'd probably babble on about the weather it's raining cats and dogs outside, I mean raining frogs.
    The other is Paul McCartney, he's a beatle, that's why.

  • Comment number 29.

    That magical thing, the strange essence, the weird-eeriness - two words: Simon Mayo

  • Comment number 30.

    Michael Shannon. He's such a captivating presence in his films, imagine the power he exudes in real life.

  • Comment number 31.

    Bill Murray for me also, I just wouldn't know what to do with myself. also agree with 'Moeez Siddiqui' Michael Shannon is one that i'd be overcome by and also 'John Hawkes' relatively unknown but he has such a presence. There are so many for me though could list names all day.

  • Comment number 32.

    Without a doubt the three women who would make me crumble would be Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon and Samantha Morton (I love Sam a little too much). All have a presence and statue that I find captivating and all are fine actors whose work I love to watch. As for men, I think I'd be star struck by Denzel Washington...I can see me throw someone aside to be in his company, sure.

  • Comment number 33.

    A friend of mine mate Damien Lewis and had a chat with him. I was very jealous and at the same time kinda relieved as I believe I would be totally starstuck due to my love of Band of Brothers.
    I also think people like Ed Harris or Guy Pearce would make me starstuck just because I believe they are such great actors and not ones that really thrieve in the limelight..

  • Comment number 34.

    Michael Fassbender. Need I say more?

  • Comment number 35.

    Maggie Smith.

    My nostalgia for the film Hook, makes me cry every time Maggie appears on screen. I don't think i'd be able to meet her without crying unnecessarily.

  • Comment number 36.

    Audrey Tatou. Potential language barriers would probably not help. Samuel L Jackson, Frances McDormand & Kevin Spacey would probably leave me awestruck too. Director-wise, I'd probably forget myself in front of Peter Jackson, David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Michael Haneke.

  • Comment number 37.

    As a fellow Northern Ireland native, I think Liam Neeson would be someone that I would really be starstruck by as he is probably the biggest star we've ever produced. I do hope he'd speak up if I did meet him, though.

  • Comment number 38.

    I can't meet people I admire. I've had two embarrassing incidents upon seeing the wonder that is Paddy Considine.
    The first episode happened when he came into a shop I was working in at the time and I initially didn't recognise him & asked him was one of his films any good (!) and on another occasion in a tiny cafe in Dublin I managed to drop a whole cup of tea all over myself in front of him... embarrassing doesn't even cover it.

  • Comment number 39.

    Who would I be star struck by? You Dr. Kermode : )

  • Comment number 40.

    About ten years I did a weeks work experience at the Beeb. I met a number of house hold names, but the people who rendered me star struck and speechless was when I was sitting in on the Nicky Cambell Radio 5 Live Show and the band They Might Be Giants were the guests. I was pretty much brought up on their music. I kicked myself for not summoning up the nerves to actually speak to them!

  • Comment number 41.

    I imagine that the only person who could make me feel truly star struck is Christopher Walken. This might have something to do with the fact that ever since I was a child I've been absolutely petrified of him. I remeber watching Batman Returns as a boy, thinking that the penguin and catwoman weren't nearly as scary or menacing as that skinny, tall bloke with the peculiar punctuation.
    Everything about the man is interesting, from his mad scientist hair, to the way he dances, and of course that unmistakable voive, surely the most impersinated set of pipes in modern cinema.
    No other actor makes walking and talking look so unique. Afterall, who else could make a line like, "Up his ass" in Pulp Fiction, sound so funny, tragic and scary.
    My second choice would have to be the legendary, Julian Sands...Only kidding Dr. K

  • Comment number 42.

    I think I would turn into a blubbering idiot if I met David Lynch. And every minute I'd have to pause and say. Hang about you're David Lynch... sitting there, opposite me. This can't be real. I'm in a dream, this is the black lodge isn't it? Is Bob here? Also what is it with you and red curtains?

    Also Jennifer Connelly would turn me into a blubbering idiot.

  • Comment number 43.

    Mark, it's funny you should feel star struck by David Tennant because I am as well. He’s one of the most versatile actor I grew up watching as many of the wide range of roles David has played have been completely different. Whether he is Peter Vincent in Fright Night, Lord Pomfrey in St. Trinian’s 2, Brendan in Secret Smile or the many roles and productions he has been a part of. But for me, there is only one role that I’ve always had a particular affection for and a role I grew up watching in particular (and it's no surprise here): His spectacular performance as the Tenth Doctor in his wonderful four years of Doctor Who. Without him, I would never have been so obsessed with Doctor Who as I am now. In all of his work, David's screen presence is just as magnetic and powerful as Gary Oldman and George Clooney.

    Also, the other person that I would have been genuinely star-struck by is Chloë Grace Moretz, not just because she starred in Kick-Ass which is my favourite film of all time. But because, when she made her big breakout in 2010 with Kick-Ass and Let Me In, the roles she did in those films were what can only be described as controversial. Hit-Girl was a pint-sized Angel Of Death and Abby was a character you would almost believe as the devil incarnate, almost like Linda Blair in The Excorcist. She had that exact screen presence that actressess like Linda Blair, Natalie Portman and Jodie Foster had when they started out, people have behaved madly to her ever since the wake of Kick-Ass and the press have said stupid, terrible things about her, saying that she was "over sexualised" and that she "glorifies violence". But, despite this, she carried on doing successful films with Hugo and the upcoming Dark Shadows, and after seeing her doing interviews, she turned out to be one of the most nicest, funniest and the most down-to-Earth human being I have ever seen.

    Also, doesn't Mark Kermode count?

  • Comment number 44.

    Coincidentally that is one of the questions I've always wanted to ask Dr M, but on the occasions I've met him I've been too star struck... ;o)

    Seriously though, I can't think of any actors - or anyone in the media - who I'm star struck by. After all, they are just people doing a job. Doing it very well in some cases, yes, but would you be star struck by a brilliant brain surgeon, or a captain of industry? Impressed, yes, but underneath they are just people like you and me.

  • Comment number 45.

    Yes, David Tennant too... I would be absolutely star struck. Also Nick Cave, definitely. I can understand what you mean about being star struck by a building, I kind of was with the whole of New York when I visited there, and Niagra Falls too. A bit like your meeting with Liza Minnelli, just needed to poke it and see if it was really real, having seen it in films so many times.

  • Comment number 46.

    Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood, as they are simply above A list in my opinion. I'd like both of them to insult me too. Hiroyuki Sanada from 'Twilight Samurai' and 'Ringu' would certainly have an effect on me.

  • Comment number 47.

    I believe that an important element of being star struck is a lack of disappointment afterwards. Cary Grant grasped that the hyperreality of Cary Grant was greater than the reality, to the extent that he wished he could be Cary Grant.

    Consequently, I plump for:

    George Clooney, Roger Moore, David Niven, Max von Sydow, Edward Woodward

  • Comment number 48.

    Unlike most people, I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to ever meet any of the people I admire, be it film, TV or musicians, writers etc. [never meet your heroes!] but if I were to ever meet Bill Murray I think I would probably turn a very odd off-colour white and faint in a dramatic and wholly embarrassing way.

  • Comment number 49.

    I really don't know; but probably people whose performances have moved me the most, like Thora Birch and Melanie Lynsky. I think I'm now old & jaded enough that meeting George Lucas would be awkward rather than enjoyable - what do you say to someone who had such a huge impact on your childhood but a mainly negative one since then?

  • Comment number 50.

    Not just think, I was star struck by Donald Sutherland. We were in the watch repair deparment of a high class jewellery store in Montreal thirty years ago. He to have a classic 1940’s wristwatch adjusted, and I was having the presumption to get the battery in my digital replaced (how much could they charge?).

    He seemed very personable in the flesh. But, my god, what a career he’s had/ is having! Not every film has been a hit (Revolution put Al Pacino on the sidelines for four years, and I can’t say Space Cowboys was brilliant) but he’s got staying power!

  • Comment number 51.

    Charlize Theron... and I'll say no more!

  • Comment number 52.

    I've thought about this many times. For a long time I thought "Nah, wouldn't have any effect. I'm too cool headed for all that OK-Hello-Magazine crap"; but the more time I spent mulling it over, the more into focus one man came. It's got to be Clint Eastwood. My only living cinematic childhood hero. E.T is my earliest childhood movie obsession, but I didn't know who the hell this Spielberg was.

  • Comment number 53.

    I would undoubtedly 'lose my sh*t' if I were to meet any one of the following:

    1. Thomas Newman - criminally underrated, unlauded music scoring genius
    2. Trent Reznor - ditto (as well as my being a life-long NIN fan)
    3. Gina Gershon - sexiest film actress of all time
    4. Kevin Spacey

  • Comment number 54.

    A little known actor and director called Prince....Okay, Okay....his movies may have sucked, but as a musician...WOW!

  • Comment number 55.

    I would be star struck by David Tennant as well, more so than George Clooney really.

    My other would have to be Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach, if they were together I'm not sure I'd be able to control myself.

  • Comment number 56.

    Simon Mayo... And that critic guy that appears on his show...

    If it had to be someone in the film industry, I can see any number of people that would cause me to so brainlocked that it would surely lead to an unintentionally awkward situation. I'll say Ridley Scott, today, but I could probably form a long list. I'm not jaded, I guess.

  • Comment number 57.

    Over the years, I've been fortunate to see stars that have left me in silent awe:
    I met Liam Neeson back in '08 and that left me starstruck:

    And seeing Scorsese in the flesh was surreal (tinier than me and I'm 5'4"):

    Sam Raimi was lovely:

    And Kirsten Dunst left me speechless too:


    Johnny Depp:

    Freddie Highmore:

    And Will Smith:

    One that would REALLY make me rigid in shock would probably be Colin Firth, probably.
    As for behind-the-scenes people like Wally Pfister that you mentioned, Henry Selick or Suzie Templeton would be fanastic to meet. Loved Coraline, Nightmare, Dog and Peter & the Wolf. Both are stop-mo masters.

  • Comment number 58.

    For me it would mainly be dead musicians...Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Kobain, Marvin Gaye and of course Mr. John Lennon...I guess I'll need to design and construct a time machine for any chance of meeting those guys!!!

  • Comment number 59.

    Alexandre Fanha - I've seen Theron and she was fairly stand-offish to be honest.
    I'd add the composer John Powell, just cause X3 and How to Train Your Dragon are my fave OSTs.

  • Comment number 60.

    Actresses who would leave me star struck are Frances McDormand, Melanie Lynsky and Elena Anaya.

    Christopher Walken, Bruce Campbell, Brad Dourif and Jeffrey Combs would leave me in awe rather than any A List actor.

    And for a director - Dario Argento, I just watched Suspiria and Phenomena for the first time last week on some good advice and I am totally hooked.

  • Comment number 61.

    Ellen Burstyn for her great performance in Requiem for a Dream.
    And if I spoke Japanese, Makoto Shinkai just to say I loved 5 Centimetres Per Second and Mamoru Hosoda for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars as these two directors get SO overlooked and Miyazaki gets all the praise (while he is talented, he isn't the only one!).

  • Comment number 62.

    I'm with Chronax at 23. and agree with his/her list (especially Kevin Spacey). I am always impressed by acting ability rather than whatever else counts for "star quality".
    On that basis I would add to Chronax's list Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan from the USA; Dame Maggie Smith, of course, as well as Peter Mullen, Paddy Considine, Daniel Craig and Daniel Day Lewis for the British Isles/Ireland; Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel and Audrey Tautou on the European front.
    And there's also a whole host of actors who are now dead that I would love to have met. Top of my list (because I was once three rows away from him on the stage and he was utterly mesmeric) would have been Paul Scofield.

  • Comment number 63.

    I thought I was going to be starstruck by Dr Mark Kermode but after standing in line for 70 minutes to get a book signed, the awesomeness of the occasion wore off a bit.

    Now, I think the green fairy from Moulin Rouge might do it.

  • Comment number 64.

    I can imagine meeting Richard Ayoade being a fairly awkward affair.

  • Comment number 65.

    Oh, yes, and George Clooney defo

  • Comment number 66.

    I have to admit that I was most star-struck when meeting Jason Isaacs for the first time in London in 2007. However, after a minute's breathless, lightheadedness, there was no problem. He is a complete gentleman and a lovely bloke. Happy to chat with people, taking time to appreciate that they've come to see him and with that genuineness of spirit that makes people love him and his work.

  • Comment number 67.

    Absolutely bloody everyone.

  • Comment number 68.

    Bill melon-farming Murray, without a doubt!

  • Comment number 69.

    Christopher Walken. The man is such an awesomely other-worldly being that it'd be hard not to pinch him to see if he was real.

  • Comment number 70.

    Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and There Will Be Blood fame, complete genius.

  • Comment number 71.

    I'd have to say ian mcshane because of he seems to be such a nice guy when you talk to him that it's absolutely fascinating how he can sometimes play such villainous people on-screen. Christopher Nolan obviously because you'd just never dare interrupt him in his intellectual analyses of his films, and of course Ricky Gervais because he can catch you off-guard at any moment and make a joke witha completely straight face. I'd probably be as stunned as the 2010 Golden Globes audience at that point. Long live the Office.

  • Comment number 72.

    Dr Kermode

    I would be starstruck if I ever met Joel and Ethan Coen. Their films speak to me in a way that feels very personal. They have been so consistently excellent for 28 years (The Ladykillers being their only complete misstep). The brothers were already my favourite directors ever in 2009 when I went into the cinema to see the A Serious Man for the first time. When I came out it took the journey home for the realisation to sink in that not only is it so artful, interesting and funny that it is their finest work yet, but that it is a better film than I had imagined they were capable of. The enigmatic quality of the brothers in interviews would only add to the starstruck feeling I would get.

  • Comment number 73.

    Easily a composer like Hans Zimmer or John Williams.
    Or John Lasseter. I think I'd turn into a blubbering child if I ever met him.

    I remember being really starstruck when I met Michael Fassbender last year but that soon slipped away when I realised he was unbelievably drunk and we chatted like old friends.

    I think that is more important - actually feeling like you have something to say that the particular person in question is interested in and whether Fassbender's overly-charming and chatty nature was due to the booze, I don't know. In fact, I don't want to know.

  • Comment number 74.

    Daniel Day-Lewis.

  • Comment number 75.

    I don't know if you remember Mark but the only time I have been genuinely star struck was when I saw you in a screening of Big Mommas 3. As an aspring critic myself I was working for a movie website at the time and it was my very first screening. We went all the way back to Waterloo together and although you probably thought I was some sort of mad stalker, you were very polite and friendly. Thanks very much and apologies for disturbing your trip home.

  • Comment number 76.

    I've always been a massive huge fan of Roger Corman and after watching the excellent documentary 'Cormans World', I would have to say him, partly because of his incredible achievements and seemingly lefty views, but also that he seems like such a lovely fella and might say hi back rather than make me feel like a complete dork.

  • Comment number 77.

    Patrick McGoohan of Prisoner and Hell Drivers. Apparently during the filming of Escape From Alcatraz he and Clint Eastwood gone rather well. Myself it'll be just being in the same room as him, shaking his hand.
    Also Sean Connery, Katsuhiro Otomo (he who created Akira), Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee ...and Claudia Winkleman :-)

  • Comment number 78.

    I'd be really nervous interviewing Terry Gilliam or Werner Herzog. They're both so good at what they do and also idependently-minded and not afraid of trying and failing spectacularly.

    As for actors; Jeff Bridges for being The Dude, the Last American Hero, and The Fisher King. Michael J Fox for being Marty McFly and he also seems like a really nice bloke. Being in the presence of Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood would be amazing too.
    Actresses; Jodie Foster, definitely. Maybe Drew Barrymore too, just because she's been in so many of my 'guilty pleasure' movies and is somehow so familiar. And Christina Ricci because Addams Family is the first live action movie I can remember seeing at the cinema and she's still around 20 years later being interesting.

    And if I could resurrect two 'classic' stars I'd be totally, absolutely starstruck by Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen.

  • Comment number 79.

    @ 12 Marcos, Have to agree about John Billingsley, Doctor Phlox is one of the best things about Star Trek Enterprise (don't get me started, I'll defend Enterprise, its underrated). Sorry a little off topic

    Star Struck - TV - Andrew J Robinson,Garak (Star Tek DS9) is the most complex and will developed character in all of Star Trek and Robinson proforamce always leave you second guessing everything and always wanting more. Not to mention Garak is my favourate character in all of Star Trek.

    Star Struck - Film - As many have mentioned before - Christopher Nolan, what reason can i give that no one has mentioned above ? .... will he makes films the way films should be made, he doesn't make movies.

    P.S . Anyone else see the news that John Carter is likly to be one of Disneys biggest flops - if only they had add 'of Mars' to the movie and not the 3D

  • Comment number 80.

    I would be starstruck by the following people for a wide range of qualities and what they mean to me as a film fan:
    Patrick Stewart, Christopher Lee, Ian Mckellen, Christopher Nolan, John Williams, Robert de Niro, Martin Scorsese, Daniel Craig and Michael Caine

  • Comment number 81.

    I have been lucky to meet a few stars through a family connection or see them at the west end but none compared to seeing Patrick Stewart centimeters away from me when I saw him in a play on Saturday. Not only he has played some truly amazing and cult roles but his mix of presence and relaxed persona left me truly starstruck.

  • Comment number 82.

    Michael J. Fox would leave my jaw swinging somewhere around my hip. I think anyone who affected you greatly during your youth always holds a very god-like place in your heart. I grew up hooked to 'The Back to the Future' movies and have continued to enjoy them on many occasions ever since. There are a hundred questions I would like to ask The Fox, but I'm quite sure I would be unable to utter a word.

  • Comment number 83.

    For me it would David Fincher pure & simple his films have this failsafe where now matter which one your watching I never get bored or toy with the idea of hitting fast foward, most other directors may have only film if any that I could say the same about if that there would be so much to ask him.

    This just crossed my mind Roger Coreman the legend a man who has worked with many of the greats giving them their start, if I found myself in the same room as him I would freeze due to my brain malfunctioning as there so many questions I would want to ask not to mention the list of films that I would like to go up to him and say thank you for helping get on screen.

  • Comment number 84.

    I would be star struck by two people. And strange as this may seem, several years ago I had a dream that I met them both. They are George Romero and Tom Savini.

    By-the-by, George and I share a birthday, albeit forty-one years apart.

  • Comment number 85.

    Hmmmm my first reaction to your question Mark was no one but after some thought for some bizarre reason the person that comes to mind is Udo Kier. I don't know why but that's who I thought of. Oh and Julianne Moore, I really liked her in A Single Man. She is a very elegant lady.

  • Comment number 86.

    I was completely starstruck the time I met Ken Foree in the café area of the IFI cinema in Dublin. I'd just come out of a screening of Day of the Dead and he'd just introduced his new film to a different audience and I felt the need to interrupt his quiet coffee to babble incoherantly to him about being a big fan. He was perfectly gracious and polite and appeared concerned for my welfare.
    What a gentleman!

  • Comment number 87.

    Winona Ryder. She's not the greatest actor in the world but there's just something about her. I've gone over it in my head countless of times, since the first time I "fell in love" with her as a teeenager, but I still don't know why I'm mesmerized by her. When I see pictures of her, words fail me completely. She's the kind of woman I'd probably be unable to speak in front of. 11 years and counting, she's still the most beautiful person I've ever laid my eyes on.

  • Comment number 88.


    I. would. die.

  • Comment number 89.

    Mark, if you're here in LA now, e-mail me so we can connect by phone: (Nat Segaloff)

  • Comment number 90.

    Hello Mark,
    regarding your question, the one that comes to my mind is not from the film world. It would be Morrissey! Have you ever met him?

  • Comment number 91.

    Tom Waits. (I actually don't believe him to be human at all, but rather some sort of magical fairy-folk creature conjured from the broken dreams of grown children...)

  • Comment number 92.

    Lynne Ramsey, with funding and the right projects, the sky is the limit. That kind of talent scares me, a bit like Orson, intimidating and rather wonderful.

    Samantha Morton, I find her very beguiling. Always did, ever since i first saw her in Cracker.

    Clint Eastwood

    Muhammad Ali, well he was the star of `When We Were Kings`and what a great documentary that is!! Has there ever been a more amazing character on film? I don`t think so. In his day, that man ruled the world.

  • Comment number 93.

    I always spell her name wrong AARRGG, i instinctively put the town name.Should be RAMSAY

  • Comment number 94.

    Many moons ago I was involved in comedy improvisation (stop rolling your eyes, some of it is good, ahem), and so I know quite a few stand-ups and jobbing actors at different levels in the biz, so I'm not that easily star struck.

    The Pythons -- I've only met Terry Jones at a book signing for one of his children's books. I was gushingly trying to tell him that I particularly appreciated his Fairy Tales and Fantastic Stories as one of the ways I tried to keep a relationship with my niece and nephew t'other side of the pond was to read them those books. I couldn't really look him in the eye and talked at his literary agent instead, who I gave grief for not pushing those books in the States, particularly as Rowling was just starting to pop over there (so the too British argument no longer held water). Terry signed "To Brian -- he's not the messiah, he's a very naught boy", which made me slightly sad 'cause I really wanted him to know I enjoyed his post Python work too. Later I ran into a friend who'd had dinner with him as they were both being courted by some TV producer for a show. Crumbs.

    I expect I'd be star struck by Thelma Schoonmaker or Kate Bush as they both knew one of my heroes Michael Powell, and of course they're both impressive in their own rights, and Thelma also knows Marty who I'd also be flabbergasted to meet. I'd probably also lose it if I ever met Elvis Costello, one of the few I consider myself a "fan" of.

    My father went the other extreme, he was overly familiar with the talent. One of his childhood friends was future rat-packer Joey Bishop. He worked his way through uni at the Earle Theater a palace of art deco and home to full shows that included the major big bands with variety acts and films. He was Head Usher but that included concierge type duties with the big names. As a result later in life he'd not hesitate to go up to a celeb. On a trip to Jamaica, he was nearly beat up by Harry Belafonte's body guards. He embarrassed my mom in a restaurant in New York by going over to Jack Lemmon and sitting down at his table to talk to him.

    I'm a bit standoffish when I've properly met celebs as I don't want to engage in unearned familiarity with them just because I already know of them, or at least their public personas.

  • Comment number 95.

    Well as someone who was born in 1977 i'm afraid I was a bit of a Star Wars kid. For my first ten years it was all I knew and i've found that nothing has really matched the fond memories of my childhood. That and Indiana Jones of course. So if I was to bump into Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill or Stephen Speilberg then I would probably implode with quivveryness!

  • Comment number 96.

    I was a bit star struck and also lumbered with liberal middle class white guilt when I met Spike Lee. I'd gone to the local art house to see Clint's Charlie Parker biopic, to find the show had been cancelled because the screen was being used for a closed preview of Lee's movie (which later turned out to be Do The Right Thing). He was nervously pacing the lobby, I was stuck with nothing to do but work up the nerve to talk to him. All I could manage was to ask for his autograph, I couldn't bring myself to beg to work on his next. I wish I'd just engaged him in conversation, he really looked like he needed a distraction.

  • Comment number 97.

    I´ve been in the sam room as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Jon Lord. I´ve chatted with Dylan Moran but the time when I got starstruck was when I hosted a big UNICEF event in Sweden 10 years ago. I was standing backstage preparing for my entrance when one of the guests hovered past me with a smile and a casual "Hello". It was Vanessa Redgrave! I was truly starstruck!

  • Comment number 98.

    Sorry to follow a trend but it has to be the good Dr K. Last year went to see beggars of life with the Dodge Brothers and the whole time I was just "wow, he's over there, in the same room, wow".

    In fact I thought this was going to be my single and overwhelming thought for the entire show but the film was so brilliant it quickly got my attention.

    On David Tennant though - I thought the review to Decoy Bride sounded quite endearing so was going to go see it yesterday BUT on its second week of release it doesn't appear to be on anywhere in East Anglia. Very disappointing.

  • Comment number 99.

    Rod Serling. For me perhaps the greatest American writers of all time, a bold statement I know, but it’s just my personal opinion. Even for those of you who haven’t directly come into contact with his work, you have indirectly, I can guarantee it!

    As a kid his opening Twilight Zone monologues filled me with such joy and anticipation for the episode I was about to watch, such a great influence and huge presents. I’m jittery now just thinking about him, perhaps its best I wasn’t afforded the opportunity to have met him, but then again maybe one day I’ll find myself sat across a table from the great man himself, in a distant corner of the Twilight Zone…

  • Comment number 100.

    I'd have to agree with the comments about Bruce Campbell. I have met him and yes I was star struck by him. Yet for the brief few minutes at the comic show signing he was a very nice guy and gave so much time to fans that can to say hello to him. My mate also got his 'Evil Dead S-Mart' doll autographed on the dolls backside. Bruce's comment was 'Wow I've never had to sign my own behind before'.
    For me I struggled to know what to say to him, but in great actor style for photos everyone got to pull faces with him. A man of such talent that he never pulled the same comic expression twice when having his picture taken.

    The other person I would be star struck by would be Henry Rollins. A great entertainer live and big stage presence when to performs his spoken word shows. But again like Bruce Campbell, is happy to to take himself too seriously when it comes to movie roles.


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