So, I was standing right behind Guillermo del Toro…

I had an interesting experience this afternoon as I went to see The Grey.  I went to my regular cinema the Cineplex Queensway and, as I always do, I motioned towards the ticket kiosks.

I chose the second kiosk, which only had one person in front of me.  When the guy in front of me turned around to leave, I immediately recognized him – I was standing behind Guillermo del Toro!

Since del Toro is in Toronto shooting his new movie Pacific Rim, it wasn’t a HUGE surprise to see him, but I still couldn’t believe it.  The whole thing happened so fast that he was gone before I could react, however I did notice that the machine refused his payment, so I’m sure he might have been slightly peeved at that moment (I saw him again a couple minutes later in the normal box office line – I wonder what movie he saw).

This wasn’t the first time I have this type of experience at the Queensway.  In 2005, I went to an advance screening of Red Eye at the theatre, which was followed by an autograph session with Wes Craven.  Then in 2007, I had the unique experience of watching American Gangster two seats away from Forest Whitaker.

It’s amazing who you could run into in Toronto cinemas.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).