If you've read my first post about The Matrix trailer release, then the photo below should look familiar to you.
Yes I'm sharing this photo again and clearly not because it's a great photo of myself. In fact, if you look closely at my face, you will sense a mix of excitement and awkwardness. That's because, just minutes before this photograph was taken, I experienced a bit of an embarrassing situation. And while this isn't exactly the second post I had envisioned for my newsletter, I can't give up on an opportunity to share this story.
I don't have the exact date of this photo but what I do know is that, I was in middle school at the time. And like most weekdays, my dad would pick me up from school, take me to eat in Chinatown around 4pm (his lunch and my snack) and then drop by House of Nanking for a visit before heading back home to start on homework. But this day was different, as I walked past the long lines of hungry patrons for Nanking, a really attractive man was standing in line and after I took a second look, I realized something incredible. That handsome hunk was Keanu Reeves! I could barely contain my excitement and immediately pulled on my dad's sleeve and whispered to him about the celebrity sighting. I told my dad to let Keanu into the restaurant immediately. If I recall correctly, the exact words were " Dad, you can't let him wait in line. It's Keanu Reeves, my most favorite actor of all time!!!!"
My dad then nonchalantly walked up to Keanu and said, "My daughter thinks you are a movie star."
Keanu replies, "Yes" and gives a slight nod.
My dad looks at me and yells, "KATHY!!! Come over here. It's him! It's Sean Connery! Come take a picture with him so we can hang it on the wall."
At that moment, I froze. I was mortified. My heart was racing, I started to look for a way out and I thought for a split second I could just run to our car and hide in there. But then my dad points at me directly and yells, "That's my daughter, Kathy."
I walk up and immediately say, "Dad, that's Keanu Reeves, not Sean Connery."
Keanu in true humble graceful fashion, responds with, "Oh wow, I'm flattered. He's a great actor, I'm not nearly as famous as he is."
And just like that, the tense embarrassing moment was diffused. I apologized to Keanu for the confusion and explained to him that my dad doesn't know any actors or celebrities and had trouble hearing my pronunciation of his name and thought I had said Sean Connery. He laughed at the mistake and just like that, I felt comfortable enough to take that awkward but momentous photo that now hangs in our restaurant. I also learned a fun fact that day. Turns out, Keanu had being going to Nanking for a while. In fact he had a big group dinner there with Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Francis Ford Coppola, and Gary Oldman when they filmed the movie, Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Well it goes without saying now, that my dad Peter Fang will never confuse Keanu Reeves for Sean Connery. In fact, Keanu may be the only Hollywood star he knows from this point forward.