It was two weeks in the waiting, but 500 excited fans, mostly women, 35 and under, came away totally satisfied at having met an “A” list actor. James Franco, who has starred in movies such as Spiderman and 127 Hours, was in town last night for a book signing of his second literary work, called Actors Anonymous.
Lineups started as early as the first metro run at 6 a.m., with some waiting since midnight, as fans had to buy a copy of the book to also get a bracelet which allowed them access to the autograph lineup later in the evening.
One of the persons we spoke to in the morning, Katelyn, told us that she was extremely excited and said it was the best day of her life. The last young lady who got a bracelet, Eugenie, mentioned that she almost cried when she thought that she might not make the cut, but she did, and was relieved.
Then at 7 p.m. it was showtime, with the crowds, the bracelet holders, and invited media having mostly arrived an hour earlier. Having been delayed by some traffic, we were told, the main man arrived to the stage area closer to 7:30, welcomed by loud cheers and chants of "Franco, Franco!"
After a few opening words of hello and saying it was nice to be here, Franco had a quick a photo op with his book in hand for some cool picture-taking, and then it was to the business at hand. He actually did take some time to talk to people and exchange pleasantries, thus leaving everybody satisfied. Of course, smartphones came in handy for taking selfies.
The first lady, Lucy, had waited 27 hours in total for that fleeting moment, but told us she was feeling great. Another young lady in her early 20’s came away crying like a baby, her emotions obviously getting the better of her.
So for these 500 persons, along with the store employees, it was easy to see they won’t soon forget this moment, after all, it’s not often one gets an “ A” list actor to drop your place for a visit and a chat.