My Life on Beverly Blvd…
EXT. BEVERLY HILLS SIDEWALK – AFTERNOON
Stephon Fuller, African-American, in his xx’s. He’s an actor in Hollywood out “making the rounds” dropping off photos to commercial casting offices…something even he himself believe is just barely above being a complete waste of time.
So far, things aren’t going well, but he remembers one time, long ago, when this very same practice of dropping photos led him to booking a job that shot in Tokyo, Japan.
He is looking for that same magic again.
It’s a cloudy afternoon with a slight drizzle as Stephon walks down the sidewalk to his next location. To his right, in the crosswalk, there is a Hispanic woman carrying one child with 3 more in tow. I paused as we met on the sidewalk and let the mom and the cute brood go up the stairs in front of me.
It was then that I noticed something about the oldest boy…oldest as in maybe 9 or 10. I looked at him again and turned away really quick. Can’t be too careful, I didn’t want mama to think I was a weirdo…even though I was probably being “weird adjacent”.
“Is it him? Could it be?” I thought to myself.
I held the door for them to go into the building. Well, I held the door because I’m a nice guy… and because I wanted to see the kid from the front. I was 99% sure it was him.
As the mom is thanking me for holding the door I walk a few steps inside and say to her…
STEPHON: Is is is that the kid from the the AT&T commercial???
MOM: (smiles) Yes, that’s him.
STEPHON: Aw man, he’s like my favorite right now in commercials. He was great!
Turns to the kid.
STEPHON: You were great! You were so funny! I love, at the end, when you did the funny little pointing of your finger and you said, “To make it funny!”
The kid just looked at me and smiled.
To his mother.
STEPHON: Do you mind if I get a photo with him?
MOM: Sure, that’s fine.
I pull out my phone.
STEPHON: Can you do that thing with your finger?
KID: Like this?
I take photo.
STEPHON: Thanks, I really appreciate it!
AT&T Commercial "Joke"