This evening my department had an event for the students, so I stayed late and then headed over to the library to catch a film in the queer film series "Saving Face" (which is not the point of this post, so I'll just say here it was a really terrific romantic comedy and I enjoyed it very much. It's out on DVD, so rent it now!).
It was snowing a bit, so I cut through the Student Union and as I was rushing along the corridor I saw a man walking the other way who looked exactly like Carver from "The Wire".
Which was because it was Seth Gilliam who played Carver in "The Wire".
Oh. My. God.
I actually stopped dead in my tracks and blurted out "I love your work!". Bless his heart, Mr Gilliam stopped to shake my hand and talk to me, he was a very nice man! When I asked what the hell he was doing in North Carolina he explained that he was here campaigning for Barack Obama; and that Gbenga Akinnagbe and Sonja Sohn who played Chris and Kima where here too.
And they were! In a meeting room next to the bookshop! I called Doc C and as soon as he answered I said
"Carver, Chris & Kima from "The Wire" are in the student union!
Get over here NOW!"
Both Ms Sohn and Mr Akinnagbe were talking to students, and I didn't want to interrupt (after all they were there to talk to prospective voters, and I'm not a citizen so I can't vote), so I ran off to the screening, so I could tell Kim and Jill (they organised the film series) who are also big Wire fans. It was one of the most surreal and most exciting celebrity spots ever! It almost tops that time I saw David Beckham topless at Broadcasting House, but I wasn't wearing my glasses, so he was blurry!
If only Doc C had been there too it would have been perfect, because he would have thought to say what a travesty it was the "The Wire" never won an Emmy. Unfortunately by the time Doc got to the Student Union they had already left, so he is very jealous of me. He says he's not letting me go anywhere with out him now, after all it's not just that I spotted three celebs in one go, but they were stars of one of the greatest television series of all time. Which you can't argue with really.