I MET MARTIN FREEMAN AND IAN MCKELLEN!

[post includes PHOTOS and a VIDEO :D]

I literally CANNOT BREATHE FOR EXCITEMENT RIGHT NOW.

As some of you may have known, I was lucky enough to have purchased a ticket for Ian McKellen’s one man show, ‘Ian McKellen on Stage: with Shakespeare, Tolkien, and You‘. He’s been putting the show on all over New Zealand to help raise funds for Isaac Theatre Royal repairs, which was damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. Good cause, plus the chance to see Ian McKellen in person – I couldn’t pass it up! I’d also heard whispers of maybe some of the other Hobbit cast members being in Wellington around this time, and that they might show up… but I thought about this only as a dream, not thinking for a moment that it would ACTUALLY COME TRUE.

Ian’s actual show was really fabulous. He started things off with a brilliant rendition of perhaps Gandalf’s finest and most memorable moment, from The Fellowship of the Ring when he confronts the Balrog, shouting “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” (and yes, he sounded exactly the same, squeeeee! :D) The first half was based around audience interaction, with Ian recounting stories, and inviting members of the audience to call out random questions about his fascinating life. The second half was pretty much a tribute to Shakespeare – he challenged us to name all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, and as we did so he acted out parts from some of them – including the Balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, where he spoke both Romeo and Juliet’s lines, pure gold hahaa! He gave us an epic version of Hamlet’s “The play’s the thing!” speech, and the emotional, moving “Fear no more the heat o’ the sun” ‘funeral’ speech from Cymbeline. As I am a massive fan of Shakespeare, as you already know (*wink*), I adored this part – Ian truly is a master of Shakespeare too, telling us all about the different roles he’s played over the years.

So that was the actual show. Which was epic!

But.

NOT AS EPIC AS WHAT CAME AFTER.

As a special treat for Wellington, and this being his second-to-last show, he called ALL THEΒ  HOBBIT CAST MEMBERS THAT WERE PRESENT ONSTAGE WITH HIM. Obviously not all the cast was there. I eagerly scanned the growing group onstage, looking for familiar faces – I think I recognised a couple of the dwarves, but I haven’t done enough fangirl research to identify them or anything.

AND THEN.

My heart truthfullystopped when my eyes landed on… MARTIN FREEMAN.

*hyperventilates*

It was beyond exciting, you have no idea! To actually see Martin Freeman, one of my top most favourite actors of EVER, in REAL LIFE with my VERY OWN EYES. He was looking ADORABLE as usual, and gosh, I realised fully how short he really is! πŸ™‚ Ian lead them all in a tiny spot of acting from Henry V, which basically consisted of the Hobbit cast and the audience members who’d joined them onstage all falling down dead. LOL. I took a video of it, which you can watch here:

(please excuse the part where I’m moving closer, and my aim goes all wonky for a few seconds, hahaaa. Martin Freeman is off to the left, looking all cute and short :D)

So anyway, after that, Ian and the rest of the Hobbit cast went out into the foyer to collect extra donations for the Isaac Theatre, and Ian said he would be available for photos and signing etc. Now, I hardly ever carry cash anymore, so I only had my EFTPOS card on me. And, as it happens, I’m having a particularly poor week (well, I’m used to it, being a poor student and all!!) and I only had $21 on my card. I was thinking that $10 would be an alright amount to give, and if it meant I got a photo with Ian McKellen, then why not!

However, the ATM machines outside only gave out $20 notes… decisions. I thought about it for three seconds, before dashing to the nearest ATM and withdrawing $20 of my $21 in the world (well, in a dramatic manner of speaking, ROFL – and anyway, next payday is on Tuesday :P). And besides, I actually do care a lot about theatre, so it was definitely for a good cause. I ran back inside, and braved the mass of people to finally squeeze my way along to Ian McKellen, and…

Ta-dahhh! πŸ™‚

He also signed my little notebook, as it was the only thing I had on me. (KEEPING IT FOREVER.) He was honestly so lovely to all the fans, and so smiley – well, you can see for yourself! Adorable.

So now that I was happy with having met Ian McKellen, I peered around for Martin Freeman. BUT ALAS. No luck! It seemed that he wasn’t hanging out in the foyer – I overheard someone saying that he’d left already. I was a bit disappointed – but as I hadn’t really expected to see him at all, I was still stoked with just having got the video of him, and so left the theatre happy.

The story DOESN’T END THERE. *dun dun DUN* xD

As it happens, my friend was having a big gathering/party at one of the bars that very same evening, as she’s heading off to Harvard soon (just casually!!) to study, and so won’t be seeing us all for a long time! I must admit, I was feeling kind of tired, it was raining on-and-off, the bar was in theΒ opposite direction to my home, and frequenting bars/clubs isn’t really my thing… BUT I really did want to see my friend before she left the country, and I knew that she really wanted to see me, so I made up my mind to stop by and say hi/bye! So off I went, and it really was lovely to see her again, and a couple other people I hadn’t caught up with for ages either. I didn’t stay very long, only around half an hour, so I was soon on my way home again. And, randomly, someone stopped me on the street for directions – amongst all the drunk crazy people walking around, I must have looked like one of the few sane people, hahaa (11pm Saturday night, folks!), so no wonder they asked me! Anyway, after helping them, I set off home again – BUT x2. I had to pass the theatre again on route to my house. I noticed that there were still some people milling about, and that Ian McKellen himself was still there, the trooper, giving photos and signatures.

And for SOME REASON, I went inside, just a few steps inside, forever hopeful.

AND THERE HE WAS.

Martin Freeman, looking like the most beautiful angel to walk the earth to my eyes just then, WAS STANDING THERE TAKING PHOTOS.

There were only about seven people waiting to get a photo with him, because most everyone had left the theatre already. I RAN over there, clutching my camera, and…

YEP. THAT HAPPENED.

IT IS SO SURREAL. Martin Freeman is seriously one of my MOST FAVOURITE ACTORS EVER. Like, he’s right up there with Karl Urban and Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry and ALL THE BEST PEOPLE THAT I WOULD DIE TO MEET.

And here, in tiny Wellington, New Zealand… DREAM COME TRUE.

I told him that I love him in Sherlock, even though that didn’t really have anything to do with the Hobbit, to which he replied “Thank you!” And when I asked him if I might be able to get his signature in my notebook, he was like “Ohh, I see everyone’s run out of money to buy programmes to sign!” And I was like “Heh, I literally have $1 left on my EFTPOS card!” to which he kindly said “Ah, I won’t nick that from you, then.”

(nerdy fact: he sounded JUST LIKE JOHN when John says “Nicked all his smurfs?” to Mycroft. <3)

ALSO. MARTIN FREEMAN HELD MY PEN. NEVER THROWING THAT AWAY.

DAY = MADE. Actually, more like LIFE = MADE.

Bounced all the way home. Couldn’t contain my grin – poor passersby, wondering what I was smoking! – but did contain my fangirlish screams and dancing until I got home, thankfully. Ran around my room like a maniac. You know how it is πŸ˜‰

But more than just meeting two incredibly amazing actors, all of this showed me – reminded me – that if you love, be kind, and give, good will find you, will come back to you. I gave monetary support to the theatre funds, gave my time and love to see my friend, and gave a kind word to the lost pedestrian… and I was repaid with the PRICELESS meetings with Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman.

Life is Love. ❀

LOL, so that’s kind of the “moral of the story” bit. And I feel every word as true! But. Anyway. The main point of all this really is…

I MET MARTIN FREEMAN AND IAN MCKELLEN AAAHHHHHHH *fangirls* xD

That’s my excitement for my week YEAR LIFE! Next up, the Hobbit Premiere this November at the Embassy in Wellington… BRING IT ON! (After all, still have Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry on the list! :D)

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 18 β€” Whatever Tickles Your Fancy: Can Haz Pretty?

I Feel Pretty!

Eeeeee. Okay, so this song was stuck in my head, and I was also stuck for ideas for today’s “freebie” post. So… I decided to be incredibly random and make a post of teh prettyful! πŸ˜€

First of all, watch that video and listen to the song. Doesn’t it just make you happy? So darn catchy too – I take no responsibility for it getting stuck in your head πŸ˜‰

On with the pretty!

Emma Watson: Awwwww. She’s naturally very beautiful, and her smile always makes me smile. So many pretty pictures of her just being herself πŸ™‚

Rupert Grint: Ginger = YUM. And he has such a warm smile. Cutie!

David Thewlis: Lovely in many pictures, but this one with the glasses makes him look intelligent – and we all know that intelligence is sexy!

John Barrowman & Scott Gill: Cutest. Couple. Ever. God, I seriously don’t know if I’d be able to choose between them.

Gareth David-Lloyd: He makes such a pretty fairy, doesn’t he? πŸ˜‰ As gorgeous as those beautiful Welsh vowels.

Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie: Simply a marvel! They are both remarkably handsome back in their ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ days – not that they aren’t still… πŸ˜‰

Benedict Cumberbatch: Those cheekbones, that smile… those eyes! Delicious.

Martin Freeman: Can’t have one without the other. Just adore everything about him – including his height πŸ˜€

And… to finish up…

Cuban Blue Kitty!! Just look at those EYES.

*melts*

Yep, so. That’s today’s post. I realise it’s all just the smallest bit shallow, and completely pointless… but at least it’s pretty pointlessness πŸ˜‰

Posts of substance will return tomorrow (good or bad thing…?) πŸ˜‰

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 03 β€” Your Favourite Television Programme

Ahhh, this is too easy! Mostly, anyway.

Torchwood

Best. Show. EVER.

I think what I love most about Torchwood is the beautiful, complex characters of the team – Jack, Ianto, Tosh, Owen, and Gwen. Even the minor characters of Rhys, ‘Captain’ John Hart and Andy are adorable! They all have unique elements to them and the interesting thing is, we never find out everything about them. There are several questions or aspects of their personality/past that are left unanswered. Although I would have loved more shows/seasons to explore these characters, I also like that we’re not told everything – leaves us plenty of room for fanfic, after all! πŸ˜‰

At the risk of sounding cliched, my favourite character is Ianto Jones. Obviously, he’s gorgeous! Loving those Welsh vowels. He’s witty, and caring, and seems to know exactly what any member of Torchwood needs at any moment. Plus, he looks good in a suit. But, more than that… he is so incredibly fascinating. His past is littered with mystery, and tragedy – his family & childhood, Torchwood London and Canary Wharf… and on top of all of this, there’s his relationship with Jack.

Which is a whole other story! πŸ™‚

Of course, I adore Captain Jack Harkness, the sexy beast. No doubt that there’s plenty to be explored there, regarding his past – there’s so much of it, see… πŸ˜‰ I also have a soft spot in my heart for Toshiko Sato – she’s super cute, and makes for a great ‘different’ perspective on Torchwood. If I had to pick a favourite season, I would pick Season 2, and if I absolutely *had* to pick a favourite episode… aaagghhh… I would pick… Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. But that was a hard choice!

I’m currently watching Miracle Day (Season 4), and have yet to make many judgements yet… it’s still early days. I am enjoying it, but there is something about it which makes me a tad uncomfortable… but it’s hard to explain. Just have to keep watching πŸ˜‰

Sherlock (BBC)

*coughs*

Second. Best. Show. EVER!

Gosh, I just adore the chemistry that these two have! Their characters make the whole show, really. Plus, their banter is brilliant. Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing in regards to his attention to detail. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most portrayed literary figures, with over 200 different actors having played him. And yet, he still manages to perfect the role. The way his eyes are always flickering, scanning his environment… everything! Martin Freeman gives us a stunning Dr John Watson – he’s not a bumbling idiot, for one! And he’s just so endearing… come on, those smiles! And the knitted jumpers! Wee cutie.

Another of my favourite elements of Sherlock is the way in which Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also plays a perfect Mycroft, who is Sherlock’s brother!) managed to update it, so that the world of Sherlock Holmes could still operate convincingly in our modern society. The way that they’ve altered details from the original series is spectacular, really very clever.

I cannot wait for Season 2!

So, how about you guys? I am admittedly rather fanatical when it comes to these two shows, so I would definitely be up for discussing them! πŸ˜€ Leave a comment, or give me a shout on Twitter πŸ˜‰

Ah, and don’t forget to check out the lovely FallenRedNinja’s own 30 Day posts… her latest one features a stunning picture from my home town!

Have fun!
Bri xx

Sherlockology Trailer

In case anyone is interested…

A trailer for a new, upcoming website called Sherlockology (catchy, right?!) From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be an absolute pool of information – a guide, really – regarding the BBC series Sherlock. It sounds like exactly what I would enjoy, as a fanatic of the show. Hell, I was excited enough to find out that the websites mentioned on the show, Sherlock’s Science of Deduction, and John Watson’s Blog, were REAL! πŸ˜€

I’m such a fangirl.

Have fun!
Bri xx

Sherlock/John Handcuff Squee!

Okay, so I couldn’t resist posting this.

Beware though, it’s a minor SPOILER for Season 2 of Sherlock BBC.

But hey, it’s too much awesomeness to avert your eyes. Besides, it’s not *that* much of a spoiler… πŸ˜‰

*innocently whistles*

Sherlock/John Handcuff Squee (gif)

SQUEE!!

Have fun!
Bri xx