Me and Luke Perry
I happened to be flipping around tonight on the ‘ol DirecTV system and came across the classic old Beverly Hills, 90210 episodes and got a glimpse of our old friend Luke Perry. It caused me to think about a list of things which includes (but is not limited to):
1. The original Star Wars really contains a whole lot of bad acting, including those scenes including Mr. Mark Hammil (a.k.a. Luke Skywalker).
2. I recently saw someone driving a repilica of the General Lee, and read a script by my friend in which the main character is given the General Lee for a birthday present — which happens to be the car driven by Bo and Luke Duke in The Dukes of Hazard.
3. There’s this really great, but overpriced French restaurant here in Los Angeles, called Luc. It’s not nearly as good as The Little Door (another French restaurant) but it has some great appetizers, including something with raw beef.
4. I never really was a fan of the movie Lock(which is close to Luke) Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
5. I once was sitting over my friend Jeff’s house on a Sunday afternoon and there was a knock at the door. Well, Jeff got up, answered it and who do you think it was? The actual, real-life, official Luke Perry. Jeff had known him for years, but I had never met the guy. He was cordial, shook my hand, and sat down next to me on the couch to watch the BBall game. I remember sitting there, trying to watch the game as Luke told us about the time he went to the game with Duchovney and they were hassling Nicholson about his seats. I couldn’t concentrate on the game or what Luke was saying because, “For god’s sake I was sitting next to Dylan McKay of Beverly Hills, 90210!.
It reminded me of the time I was working at New Line Cinema right out of college and saw Pauly Shore walk into the office and I almost had an aneurism because he was the first real-life celebrity I had ever seen this close! I remember calming myself down and saying to myself, “You will never again react this way to a Celebrity. Never. And I didn’t. Because the last thing I wanted to be was “that guy” who obsesses over Celebs in a town populated by them.
6. I once knew a guy who loved AC/DC but anytime he told you about his favorite song (“I Shook You All Night Long”), he said it like he was from Canada. He pronounced it: I Shuke (which rhymes with Luke) You, All Night Long. So, seeing Beverly Hills, 90210 on the DirecTV tonight, and thinking of Luke, reminded me of this kid and made me wonder if he’d ever made it up to Canada, where if he mentioned that song, he probably would have felt really at home.