Bruce, BDB and, er, Rob Brydon: My first walk on a red carpet

Simmy Richman

They say you should never meet your idols and they (whoever they are) are probably right. Lucky for me, then, that Bruce Springsteen has never meant that much to me (see this: He does now.

The event was the UK premiere of The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, a gripping documentary that drew me in to the man’s magic. But the thing that completely won me over, was Bruce’s way with the invited crowd: shunning the VIP area the BFI had roped off for him to sit on the back of a sofa and meet and chat with anyone who fancied.

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I got my photo, my autograph and had the following conversation:

Me: “Apart from the obvious [the film premiere], what’s brought you to London this week?
Bruce: “To be completely honest with you, I didn’t really have a whole lot else going on.”
Me: “Looking back at the three years, recording of 70-plus songs and the endless hours in the studio that it took to create Darkness, was it all worth it?”
Bruce: “Well, we’re still here more than 30 years later talking about it…”

And that was it. Unlike some others I could name and shame, I didn’t want to hog the Boss so moved to give my friend Christian his moment.

A conversation with Badly Drawn Boy outside over a cigarette revealed that Bruce wasn’t just putting this friendly front on for us. “He’s always like that,” BDB told me. “I don’t know if he’s got another side but every time I meet him he’s smiling and happy to chat. In fact, once you start him talking it’s hard to stop him.”

Empowered by my new celebrity friends, I decided to tentatively approach Rob Brydon for a photo. Musicians, I have some understanding of, but comedians can be moody so I waited my moment and then approached with a hesitant “Excuse me Mr Brydon, I hope you won’t find it rude and impertinent but may I have a photo taken with you.”

“Rude and impertinent!” he boomed. “I had no idea what you were going to say to me for a moment there.”

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