Doing a Big Favor For a Little Man

Dave Arnold is not just an art director for Euro RSCG MVBMS Partners. He’s a man of action.

Last month, the 25-year-old was in Hollywood for a shoot when he glanced out of his hotel-room window and spied a couple in distress next to the pool. It turned out to be Verne “Mini-Me” Troyer (2-foot-8) and his now former fiancée, yoga instructor/model Genevieve Gallen (5-foot-6, 105 pounds, 32D-23-33, according to her Web site). Arnold raced outside. A tearful Genevieve said her diamond engagement ring had fallen into the pool. Neither she nor Verne could swim. So, with little concern for himself or his clothes, Arnold dove in and recovered the ring. Later, he spoke candidly with Shoptalk about what transpired (and no, we didn’t make this conversation up).

Shoptalk: How tall a man are you, Dave?

DA: Approximately three Mini-Me’s, give or take a Mini-Me.

ST: How big was the ring?

DA: I don’t think size is all that important to her.

ST: Did you receive a reward?

DA: There was talk of a ménage à deux and a third.

ST: You saved the ring but not the engagement. What’s your reaction to the reported breakup? Do you feel there is anything you can do to bring them back together?

DA: Well, at this point, I’m not prepared to discuss the matter publicly. As for the last question, three words: Mount Airy Lodge.

ST: If your story were turned into a movie or an after-school special, what would it be called?

DA: Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer.

ST: And who would play you?

DA: Erik Estrada. Obviously.