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.
This delightful memory was shared recently by Zach Braff at a Waldorf Astoria junket with Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Ruben Nepales. From the journalist’s Filipino newspaper column:
“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]