I’m at a computer in the library at Berklee Valencia, which faces out on the Hemisfèric. About half an hour ago several closed black Mercedes vans arrived, along with other fancy black Mercedes sedans with very tinted windows. They drove past us, around and down the access to the Hemisfèric, which was then cordoned off and guarded. Nothing much happened for a while, and then there was some screaming, and various people running past my window and over to the clump in front of the cordon. Then there was some more screaming, and a few people walking out from the Hemisfèric to the cordons, and then people all getting back into the cars and driving away. Now we’re seeing people intently texting as they walk by, and I just heard a girl gushing that she’d JUST SEEN GEORGE CLOONEY!
There are some screaming aftershocks happening, and a girl who looks near tears. She’s young enough that I assume her heart isn’t going to give out. Ah, now I see–she’s got George Clooney’s signature on her clipboard. And now there are people clustered around her taking pictures of her with her clipboard and the signature.
I’m reminded that the movie Tomorrowland is coming out this week. When we got to Valencia last winter, sections of the City of Arts and Sciences, the campus where Berklee Valencia is housed, were cordoned off because George Clooney and Hugh Laurie and a bunch of their friends were here making a movie. So I can understand why Mr. Clooney would be here for something festive.
I’m less able to understand celebrity as a phenomenon, and today’s little display has got me interested in finding out more about it. Though I’m not a screamer myself, I’m not entirely immune to the pull toward famous people/things. I think I might tend to get excited about different people. The question about whether there are people I’d stand in a clump outside a cordon for is one I guess I’ll have to ponder. And I’ll have time to, because I didn’t run over to see George Clooney get into his car, so I don’t really have anything that I need to be texting about to all my girlfriends.
In case you’re interested, the movie for which the City of Arts and Sciences was a filming location is here.