Celebrities are always busy, whether for business or pleasure. But especially when we’re talking about the business part, their lives make the word hectic a euphemism. Because every part of their day involving public appearances is timed, often to the minute. No room for delays. No room for showing another side than that which was planned in advance according to each public appearance and its context. And certainly no time for any non-revenue producing non sense like being approachable or humane. And to a point, this behavior is pretty understandable. Hey, despite the glamorous decors, spotlight and blitzes, these guys and gals are still at their job and they have to follow a set of rules and time-slots dictated by their employers, just like we all do in our daily jobs.
And that’s why the moments when certain actors DON’T stick with the above mentioned scenario are noteworthy. Especially when their breaking ranks has to do with trying to make some of their fans happy, not because that was their “script”, but out of their own accord and whim. Bonus? It’s even more heart-warming when said actors are famous for their roles as comic book super-heroes, which makes their attention to fans very in tune with the characters they’re portraying.
Here’s a few examples of real life super-efforts from Marvel stars, that gave an awesome memory to a loyal fan.
1. Robert Downey Jr. … the healer?
Robert Downey Jr. received a tweet from the mother of a fan, Aidan Ellis, asking him if there was any way he could raise her sons spirits by tweeting directly to him, as her son had managed to give himself a big bruise while playing with his brother, as kids do. The tweet was more of a “let’s see what happens” attempt, without her imagining anything would come of it. So, she was surprised when Robert Downey Jr. promptly tweeted back to her child: “Aidan, what’s up? Tell me everything.” Then they chatted a bit and finally, RDJ suggested: “I’d say that’s gonna leave a mark but it already did! Ice is our friend @ this point. Nice to meet u, in a soc media sorta way.” Worth mentioning: this took place a week before the launch of Avengers: Age of Ultron. So, it’s safe to assume Robert Downey Jr. was… “a bit” busy. Yet still he took the time.
2. Chris Pratt, a real rogue
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is just one of the hospitals that received unexpected visits from a traveler of the Universe. No, not an ET, but our very own, very-much Terran Chris Pratt, the actor who plays Star-Lord in the hit Marvel movie “Guardians of the Galaxy”. He went there, in character (admitting later that he “borrowed” the costume from the studio, like a proper rogue) in order to put-together a screening of the film for children who were confined to bed and couldn’t come to see it in the theater. Which he did, spending hours there. Not only as long as the screening took, but afterwards visiting the patients and talking with them in turn. All of this with no press or pre-arranged reception.
3. Mark Ruffalo rewind
When you’re a super-fan, your dream about that moment when you will (possibly) meet your idol in real-life or at least get to talk to him/her through some medium. But when that moment comes you might discover things don’t go out as you had imagined them in your head. You’re probably thinking of embarrassing moments which haunt fans (and maybe the actors themselves) a life-time. But that’s not the case for Jared, one of Mark Ruffalo’s fans whose sister spotted the celebrity at an airport and convinced him to talk on the phone with her brother. Mark Rufalo, yes, in an airport, while in a hurry, took the time to talk to the obviously nervous Jared, as major fans happen to be in these situations. When it was all over though, it wasn’t over. Because Jared later considered that the phone call hadn’t gone as he had imagined and was sorry for being such a nervous wreck. So he summoned his courage and sent a little script to Mark Ruffalo, describing how the conversation should have gone, according to him. And Mark acted it out on live television in “The Graham Norton Show”. Talk about cool.
4. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan for the brothers in arms
Apparently playing enemies in a war on-screen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” doesn’t stop you from taking with you in real life some of the finer points of the military life like respect and a sense of responsibility. Because Anthony Mackie (portraying “Falcon”) and Sebastian Stan (portraying “The Winter Soldier”) did a hell of a good job of showing respect to the men and women in the US military fighting abroad and an equally good job of being responsible for their fans when they went unannounced to a screening of the movie organized especially for the children of military personnel. These two didn’t even show up unannounced at the beginning, but rather snuck in near the end so it would be a total surprise when the lights came on. Then they took the time to not only talk to the kids, but record video messages to be sent to their parents all over the world.
5. Tom Hiddleston, the Doer
Though you probably know him as the villain Loki in “Thor”, in real life he is a genuine good guy. I mean it’s kinda hard to have a meme created based on you (“Nice Guy Tom Hiddleston”), which features your smiling face and a lot of variations of text depicting good deeds, unless you actually do some things deserve it. And Tom did. As there are countless examples of him being kind to fans (singing happy birthday for one at an autograph signing, taking tons of selfies of himself by request etc.), we’ll focus on the most prominent of his actions. Namely his decision to not only do charity works, including being involved with UNICEF, but in a particular case accepting the five-day “Live Below the Line” challenge which requires a person to meet all his food and drink consumption 5 days needs for under 1 Great British Pound per day! He took it to its end, which certainly required determination and genuine concern for the people in this scenario.