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The Coolest Celebrities I've Met (With Photos To Prove It)

Updated on April 15, 2009
The lovely Kristen Bell
The lovely Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell

I bumped into Kristen Bell at a hotel in Italy last year during my Eurotrip. It was so random and most people didn't seem to recognize her there. I guess they don't get Veronica Mars dubbed in Italian?? In all the excitement I forgot to ask her what she was doing there. It wasn't a flash place. Maybe she had a secret Italian boyfriend!

To be honest, I didn't really watch that much of Veronica Mars, but I loved Kristen in Heroes, where she played "Elle" whose ability was electric manipulation.

In person, Kristen Bell is gorgeous and polite and had all the hallmarks of a true celebrity who appreciates her fans.

Missy Higgins & I
Missy Higgins & I

Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins is an Australian singer/songwriter whose first album "The Sound of White" went something ridiculous like 9 x platinum on the Aria Charts. I went to see her in concert at the Belvoir Amphitheatre (she was supported by Lior) when her album was around the 3-4x platinum mark. (Really. I still remember that!)

It was the biggest crowd she had played to at the time (maybe 5000 people). There was one instance where her piano needed fixing and while the guy was fixing it, she started playing the music of "Eye of the Tiger" from the Rocky films. She goes "I'll bet now all the boys who were dragged here by their girlfriends are now starting to think Yeah!" and that it was worth it coming along!

Someone threw a bra on stage and she picked it up, shrugged and gave it to the male guitarist! LOL.

With Mel Gibson
With Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

I met Mel Gibson at the premiere of Apocalypse in Sydney a while back.He was pretty cool, but there was something about his presence that demanded a bit of authority. Maybe it was just nerves. My girlfriend swore he could hear her thoughts...

I enjoyed Mel's early performance in the World War I film "Gallipoli" before he became super-famous. I also reckon he did a superb job in the Passion of the Christ. It was really graphic and forced you to consider the suffering that Jesus went through for us.

Sad to hear Mel's going through (an expensive) divorce at the moment.

Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic was one of the few celebrities that actually gave a shit about coming to Western Australia - most other famous artists didn't bother until a couple of years ago when the Australian dollar was about half the American dollar's value. He was really funny on stage. In between sets he'd put up sketches on a projector of "real" interviews he did with other famous people (by clever editing).

I actually got to meet him twice! My mate and I waited after most of the people had left. The first time was in the Perth Concert Hall and I was annoyed because all I had for him to autograph was a ticket stub in my pocket. But we hung back and did get photos with him which was cool - I should have put on a funny face like he did, but didn't really think of it at the time.

The next concert I think was at Challenge Stadium on his "Straight Outta Lynwood" tour. We found out afterwards that he was going to see people backstage but we didn't have the yellow cards to get in. Apparently they were giving them away on radio previously. But we got really lucky, some guy had a heap of them and gave them out to us. When we saw him, Al was quiet (obviously exhausted) but shook our hands and signed our albums.

I told him it was an awesome performance - and it was. He really interacted with (and walked into) the crowd during his performance of "I Wanna Be Your Lover". I'm sure he embarrassed a few ladies (who loved him wiggling his butt in their face)!

"Weird Al" Yankovic & me. I look like a dufus. I should have pulled a face too!
"Weird Al" Yankovic & me. I look like a dufus. I should have pulled a face too!
Paris & Me. One of my favorite pics to show off to friends!
Paris & Me. One of my favorite pics to show off to friends!

Paris Hilton

I met Paris at a New Years Eve party in Sydney last year. Naturally, she arrived fashionably WAY TOO LATE, almost the following year in fact! She didn't talk with a lot of people at the beginning, it was more like she was lapping up the attention from everyone, not really making eye contact while dancing a bit and texting on her cell phone.

I was near her bodyguard and after a bit of small talk said "You guys should see the balcony upstairs, Paris would love it. It's a better view of the Opera House than from down here. It's a private area, but I can get you up there for a bit if you like." He didn't seem all into it but I saw him speaking with Paris a bit later on. She seemed into it when he pointed in my direction. I, of course, pretended not to notice (otherwise it's too obvious).

I took them upstairs and pointed out all the landmarks. (This all happened when my mate was taking a leak so he missed out on my superb performance and only saw the pics afterwards.) Paris was nice, but I wasn't really all that into her, I thought she was overrated. In fact I can think of 10 women hotter than Paris Hilton! Still, a bit of flirting never hurt anyone and I ended up holding her hand and sharing a kiss under the moonlight. The photo you see here is one taken by another member of the staff and showed up in the Sydney Telegraph the following morning. Can you see the graffiti on my jumper she wrote with her lipstick?

I wasn't gonna share this photo as I was a little bit smashed, look at my shirt hanging out! I guess she digs that!

Disclaimer: I have been criticized that I look the same in all the photos. But hey, it's my photo face! All stories are true except the ones about Kristen Bell, Mel Gibson, The Beckhams & Paris Hilton. All photos are legit. Ok fine, they're not, except my real "real" one with Weird Al.

David & Victoria Beckham in a Madrid pub. Posh acted like more of a celeb than Becks did, but I guess it was because he had a beer in one hand.
David & Victoria Beckham in a Madrid pub. Posh acted like more of a celeb than Becks did, but I guess it was because he had a beer in one hand.

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      haha, thanks mate!

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      sheenarobins 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      heheheh. love your naughty smile on your photos. Cool hub!

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      christine almaraz 8 years ago from colorado springs

      That was great. Funny. Look forward to reading more from you:)

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      OMG! Excellent. You sure do have the proof. I love this! And I love Weird Al too, you're so lucky! I'm jealous.

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Wow, your Photoshop skills are amazing! ... I mean, what Photoshopping am I talking about? :)

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      LOL. Nah, they're legit photos of celebrities! Honest! :)

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Funny as hell. Great job.

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Tom!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      How cool is that!!! Lucky you meeting famous people...I bet you did but didn't want to tell anybody. :D

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      You must be someone really famous in Australia to super impose the Simpson characeter head on yourself. I can respect that. Good photo shop work.

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      Haha thanks AEvans & SweetiePie!

      Haven't you guys heard of me in the US? lol

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Hahahah that was pure entertainment.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      lol gave me a good laugh and even distracted me from american idol

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      LOL, thanks! Now I can say: Move over Perez, I'm the new "in guy" with the cool celebrities! :)

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      3cardmonte 8 years ago

      ha, excellent work, molto bene!

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      JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Hahahaha, very funny and clever. Nice hub indeed.

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      marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

      Heh heh, cheers!

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      bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Just funny stuff. Good for a needed laugh

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Great stuff! And you look so handsome in all the pix, the stars must be envious.

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      marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Dolores, you're a sweetheart! lol

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      Very funny hub, I enjoyed reading..

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      marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

      Haha thanks hubpageswriter!

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      Jezhug 7 years ago

      haha, awesome job marcofratelli! Great job getting photos with some of the coolest celebrities around! Especially like the one with Missy Higgins ;)

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      marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Jezhug, good luck with your coolest guy challenge!

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hmmm, you do get around don't you Marco? Cool photos. Did anyone tell you how cute you look?

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      marcofratelli 6 years ago from Australia

      aaawwww thanks mate :)

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      Little Kim 6 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

      Adorable! Would like to see you with Rick Springfield and then I can look at 2 cute Aussies. Yes I am a sucker for Aussies!

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