The Thing About Penn

I love movies and TV. I have admired the “looks” of actors and been in favor of one or two above the rest for their acting skills alone. However, I have always known that actors are just that – actors. They are acting for the world and we never see the real them so I never got to attached to any.

Then there was “reality TV.” I was a skeptic of this as well as far as getting to know the person and their personality and how they would be in real life. They can edit those things however they want and although that makes for an entertaining hour at the end of a long work day, it’s not like I get attached to any character in particular or feel like I know more about them.

Then there was Penn.

Penn Jillette

Oh, Penn Jillette. Finally someone I get. Someone I believe actually puts himself, his real self out there. I don’t know if I’m right about him but I hope I am. He’s awesome. He’s real in a world of make believe. He’s just what I want when I’m feeling annoyed at that man that keeps telling me to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Penn throws the curtain back and says, “Here I am in all my geeky, freaky glory. I’m not going to change. I’m not going to dumb it down. I’m not going to lie. I’m me and I’m on TV.”

When I’m asked who I would most like to meet in this world, who is still living (and excluding Jesus Christ), I say without hesiation, Penn Jillette.

Using the same rules stated above, who would you most like to meet and why?

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4 thoughts on “The Thing About Penn”

  1. I’d LOVE to meet Andy Adams!

    Seriously though, I’ve met several quasi-famous people and I think even the most “real” celebs know how to keep up their persona when they meet people. I’ve always take the approach that famous people are people too. It helps take some of the “wow” away and so we can interact as two people rather than one person and a celeb. Course, it’s kinda hard to do that when I’m asking them to sign my head!!

  2. I have been fortunate to work Penn and Gillette many times. You would not be disappointed in Penn. He is just a real person. There’s no false personnas backstage. Nobody tries to impress a stagehand. Penn is a real person. And so is Gillette.

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