So this story is a little off topic and it’s not a long one, but I have to share it since it was a highlight of my life. As I’m sure you all know by now, I’m a huge Jim Carrey fan. I’ve seen everything he has been in from his start on “In Living Color”, to his serious roles “Eternal Sunshine For The Spotless Mind” and everything around and in between.
Not everyone gets to meet their celebrity crush, but I was lucky enough to get that opportunity back in the late 1990’s. It was 1996, after “The Mask” and “Dumb and Dumber” (another one of my all time favorite movies) came out. I was working as a limo driver for a company in NJ, Township’s Best Limo Service. Because of the location, we did a lot of pick ups and drop offs at the Philadelphia International Airport. On my luckiest of days, the schedulers told me there was a pick up at the airport, and they said it was for a Jim Carrey. Now they all new how big a fan of his I was, and I honestly thought they were messing with me, but they insisted that it was him. As I stood there waiting with my sign, I got more nervous and more excited. Then, there he was.
It was very early in the morning, so there weren’t a ton of people around. He flew in with a couple other people, most likely an agent and producer or something like that. He looked exhausted from the flight, but was still very friendly and had a smile and handshake for everyone who came up to him.
Now I could have been that annoying person that I really wanted to be and asked questions and gushed all over him, but I had to be professional, unfortunately. So got the door for them and put their bags in the back of the limo. I fought all my urges to talk to him and honestly thought I really wouldn’t get the chance. To my surprise, he actually talked to me first! He asked my name and thanked me for coming to pick them up that early. It wasn’t much, but coming from him, it meant the world to me. The rest of the short trip into Philly was pretty quiet, but when I dropped him off, I was able to quickly tell him how much of a fan I was. I thought of what I wanted to say the whole ride, but when it came down to it, the words just kind of fumbled out of my mouth. In spite of my awkwardness, he had a huge smile, shook my hand, and thanked me again. That was it. I didn’t get a picture or an autograph. I was just kind of frozen, and I think it would have been a bit rude to ask, so I didn’t.
It was a very short interaction, but it was sincere and made my year! I know this wasn’t a crazy story where we became friends and I got to go party with celebrities, but it was my story and it meant a lot to me. I had an experience that most people will never have and I’m very grateful for it and I will never forget it.