What a night that was.
Friday July 7th at RTX, I attended the advance screening of War for the Planet of the Apes at the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin. The anticipation was through the roof as I was a big fan of the two previous films in the series and I had no idea what to expect with this latest film considering I avoided most trailers for the film.
My full written review can be found here, in summary though... I loved it. It's a fitting conclusion to the Caesar story set up in Rise. During the final 20 minutes of the film I had to get up and go pee because I could no longer hold it. I snaked my way to the back of the theater, exited, and headed to the bathroom. Upon walking in I noticed someone at the sink looking in the mirror. I didn't think anything of it so I waltzed up to the urinal and began to pee. I felt a presence next to me and assumed it was the person that was by the sink going to pee. Once I finished I went to the sink and began washing my hands and the mysterious figure did as well. Out of my peripheral vision I noticed this man had slightly gray hair along the side. I once again didn't think much of it and looked down again to continue washing my hands. I then looked up slightly to my left to catch an actual glimpse of the person next to me and so did...
...the one and only Andy Serkis.
I cannot begin to describe how I felt in that moment as both our eyes met. I wanted to say "Hi", I wanted to ask for a picture, hell I wanted to talk his arm off about all of his filmography, but I knew better. I knew the situation and where we were and I acted as such.
Me - "The movie is great man"
Andy Serkis - "Thank you"
I proceeded to grab some paper towels, dry my hands, and exit.
I sauntered back to my seat completely elated with a stupid ass smile on my face. I would've LOVED to have gotten a picture, I really wanted to just have a chat with the guy, but alas the opportunity never would've presented itself.
So I now only get to continue on living with this interaction as a fond and surreal memory that I will cherish forever. Cause I was extraordinarily lucky and the story is nothing less than crazy.