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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
I know half of you won't believe this, but I have witnesses. Never mind that they can't speak English and you're stuck taking my word for it.

We ran into Nicole Kidman on my street last night. Seriously.

We were on our way to 'b' on Bolton Street for dinner, and decided to walk by all the film trailers lining my street. We saw what looked to be Nicole standing casually on the corner and talking to the film crew guys. This seemed odd behavior for an Oscar winning actress, but hey. Of course, when we got within about 10 feet of her, we realized it was her body double / stand in. She was an amazingly good likeness. I wonder how much they get paid to work about 6x times longer on the set, waiting for lighting shots and set ups, compared to the $20 million a film Nicole gets?

Anyway, we were amused by our gullibility, and kept walking. At the very next trailer, I almost walked into the door as it opened out, and yep - Nicole Kidman - the real one - steps out of the trailer with a sweet "excuse me!", says hello, and walks to the corner, where she got into a waiting Town Car and took off for dinner/hotel /who knows? She was wearing a brown pencil tweed skirt and a beige sweater set with pearls. Every bit as pretty in person as the movies and freakishly thin. She was wearing sneakers with the skirt, so she didn't seem as tall as reports might make her out to be - but it was most certainly her. 20 yards from my front door.

After gushing this information to the rest of the Russian entourage when we arrived at the restaurant, they were high-fiving each other and diving for their cell phones to call people in Russia and tell them of the movie star sighting.

Quayum Karzai, the restauraunt owner, elder brother to Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan and now a newly elected member of the Afghani parliament himself, stopped by the table to speak to the Russian delegation. I had THOUGHT that this might be the highlight of the evening - but no - all they talked about was "Neekol Keedmen".

While they are here this week, they are meeting with people at all levels of state and local government. From the mayor's office, to City Hall, to Governor Erlich's administration, they are really getting a tremendous professional program that I worked hard to pull off for them. It's all for naught now. No matter how great the program was - the only thing they are going to remember out of their first visit to the US, is that a few of them got to see Nicole Kidman in person.

We are such celebrity sluts.....

We proved that by walking halfway up the block to hang out on the movie set after dinner, where the same black Town Car pulled up and it appeared that they were getting ready to film a scene. Well, whoever was in the car, it wasn't Nicole, and after taking a bunch of photos of her body doubles (different outfits, but one with her hair up, and one with her hair down), who, from across the street, REALLY look like her - we gave up at 10:00 and went home.

They all want to try again tonight.......
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:37 AM  
3 Editorial Opinions:
  • At October 05, 2005, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said…

    So, Leeeenda, you have to tell us - when they're petting your cats, do they call them "Pumpkeeeeen", too?

    They sound like a lot of fun.

  • At October 05, 2005, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    Yes - they love the "kooshkee" (cats). Peenut and Pumpkeen. In Russian, "pumpkin" is tyeekva, so I've heard that too. Sadly, "peanut" is kind of a hybrid word in Russian since they don't have any. It's much less romantic and much harder to say:
    zyemlyachnoy orekh

  • At October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, stand ins may work longer hours but they don't deliver the goods that we see onscreen, that's what people like Nicole are there for. Helping the crew to get the lighting right or just standing in requires very little from someone. lol.

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