Today, I have achieved the dream I have had for ten years. To get a picture with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. This guy has changed my life in ways I could never really explain to myself. I have actually met him before, but I didn’t get a picture that time. Well, except for the picture above, when I got to mosh with him. Here is the photo that I took today:
I saw the US premier of his movie, “Like Sunday, Like Rain” at the Mills Valley Film Festival. The movie was really good. Billie Joe stars as this crazy musician who is dating this girl, Eleanor, played by Leighton Meester, who finally dumps him after realizing how fed up she is with her situation. Billie Joe definitely plays the dick boyfriend well. I’m sure if I didn’t know anything about him and saw him on the street, I probably would get that vibe from him. The movie was one of those movies that is a sum of its parts. The movie seemed slow at first, but towards the end, we kind of get this really nice, almost wistful ending. It is a must see, if you ever get the chance to see it.
After the show, they had a Q&A with the director, the producer, Billie Joe, and Leighton. The questions were mainly focused on the director, and there weren’t that many questions. Supposedly the director/writer originally wrote a scene where Billie Joe’s character would go on a shooting spree. Unfortunately, he had to take the scene out. I actually thought that was the feel of what it was building towards. We were sitting in the front row, so we got an unobstructed view of the panel. Billie Joe seemed kind of spaced out.
After the Q&A, there was an after party. When we got there, people were already taking pictures with Billie Joe. My friend Sandra and I basically creeped by them, because we were so nervous. We ended up talking to Adrienne, Billie Joe’s wife. We wished her a happy birthday and discussed Emily’s Army. She is one of the most down to Earth people I have met. Later on Sandra actually went up to Billie Joe and talked to him. While my friends talked and got pictures, I could only muster up the courage to say that I wanted a picture. I basically just thanked him for taking the photo with me. I think he was slightly amused, however, since he is taller than me. He leaned his head in towards me… and I was basically in heaven.
I got to talk to Leighton for a second. As you may know, she was in the movie “Country Strong.” You should see it, since it is a really good movie. She has a great voice. Apparently she is working on something, which is coming out soon. The lady she was talking to before I interrupted her said that Leighton thought I was sweet and that she gets shy when answering questions. I wanted to ask Billie Joe how stage acting feels different than movie acting, since he was in “American Idiot.” I wish I could’ve asked that, but I was too shy. Billie Joe actually got Adrienne a cake and sang Happy Birthday to her.
This was my attempt to get a picture of them hugging when Billie Joe gave her the cake. It was so sweet. I even got to ask the director how many drafts there were and how he knew what to cut. I was so nervous. This experience was so amazing and I am glad that I didn’t back down from going.
Now that I have achieved my goal, I don’t know where to go from here. It seems crazy that I would have had this experience. I’m sure if you told my 15 year old self that I would someday get a legit picture with Billie Joe, she would have told you that you were crazy.
Anyways, I just thought I would post a quick blog post about tonight. I might blog more on the subject later, but for now, this is what I’ll give you.