Actual phone call……last year.
“Good evening the Bistro. How many I help you?”
“Halo, Halo?” (French accent on a cell phone)
“I’m here. How may I help you?”
“I am Jean Reno.”
“I would like to reserve your entire restaurant for a private party tonight.”
Its 12:00 am and the kitchen is closed
“I am sorry Mr. Reno but the kitchen has already closed.”
“Do you know who I am? I am Jean Reno. I am a French movie star. I was in the movie The Professional. Perhaps you have heard of it?”
The Professional, a compelling story of a hitman finding redemption through the eyes of a small child, is one of my all time favorite movies. Reno played the Hitman. Of course, I suspect bullshit.
“If you are Jean Reno then who played the hero in “Le Dernier Combat?” (An early Reno film.)
Merde. It’s Jean Reno.
“Sir, I am a big fan. If the chef was still here I would make him wait but sadly we are closed.”
“Merci.” Hangs up.
Godammit! I wanted an autograph!
(Swear to God it happened just like that!)