Wednesday, August 12, 2009

An amusing anecdote

Last night I and two other “Treme” producers dined in Studio City with filmmaker Anthony Hemingway.

I’ve known Anthony going back 10 years, when he was a first A.D. on “The Corner.”

Now he’s editing “Red Tails,” a feature film about the Tuskegee Airmen that he directed for George Lucas.

Anyway... at dinner, Anthony Hemingway related a story that should amuse any fan of “The Wire.”

He was in Washington, D.C., for Inauguration Day. And he was sitting with actor Andre Royo (“Bubbles”) and Royo’s family, about six rows back, as Barack and Michelle Obama made their way along a rope line, shaking hands.

Knowing that Obama was an avowed “Wire” fan, Hemingway urged Royo to stand up and draw Obama’s attention. Royo was reluctant, but eventually he did stand up... just when Obama was directly down front.

As Hemingway tells it, Andre Royo’s rising brought Barack Obama’s eyes up. Then Obama pointed at him and said: “You’re my dude from ‘The Wire.’ ”

“It made Andre’s life,” Hemingway told us with a laugh. Royo’s daughter was like, “Daddy, the president knows who you are!”

CORRECTION (08/17/09): I messed up this story, y’all. This incident actually took place in Prague last April... during President Obama’s visit to the Czech Republic. Hemingway and Royo were in Prague shooting “Red Tails.”

I apologize for the mistake.

11 comments:

Ill said...

Must be nice.. Illmath dreams of a day like that.

Alan Stamm said...

Thanks for putting us at your table, David. This is great.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Quite welcome, Alan.

maria said...

oh, i love this story. what is royo doing now?

Edshugeo The GodMoor said...

So Red Tails is filmed! Lucas had been talking about that project for over a decade, I think. And that he hasn't actually directed it himself might be good news.

Royo I saw in a quick cameo or two on the Terminator TV series as well as another Wire cast member. The guy who played the boxer (Cutty?)

Undercover Black Man said...

maria: Royo has also done some New York stage work. He's a great character actor and I hope he has a long busy career in front of him.

Undercover Black Man said...

Lucas had been talking about that project for over a decade, I think.

Written by John Ridley, by the way.

Lots of aerial combat, which will keep the effects wizards in Lucas Land busy.

Must Love Movies said...

that is cute. i really like royo. i'd put him in a film. haha

LebaneseLooker said...

The president has amazing taste! Bubbles is my favorite and he should have won an Emmy!!

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Welcome to my spot, LebaneseLooker.

cribbster said...

That's a hilarious story.