Picture this. A young, aspiring actor has a film at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, but is still at a career-stage where he must continue to wait tables. Post-Park City, The Broken Hearts Club is released theatrically via Fox Searchlight and people start recognizing said waiter from the film.
“I was waiting tables at a French-Vietnamese restaurant on Beverly and Robertson. People would come from the movie to the restaurant and I would be waiting on them.”
“They would do a double take and they would say, ‘We just saw your movie!’ I would go, ‘Oh.’ They would go, ‘It was great.’ I would go, ‘Thank you. Let me tell you about our specials.’ I thought, only in Hollywood can you go see a movie, and have one of the leads wait on you for dessert in a restaurant.
Actually, there’s likely here in New York, currently, several actor-waiters who can tell a similar sort of story. If not involving a movie, then at least Broadway.
[The Broken Hearts Club poster image courtesy: Columbia Tristar Home Video]