My companion, Jonny, and I were having coffee this morning at our favorite place ever, Aurora Coffee in Little Five Points. You know who else likes Aurora Coffee? Andrew Lincoln, a/k/a Rick Grimes of The Walking Dead television show on AMC.
I was contemplating how I could loop Aurora Coffee into the film biz so I could have a reason to write an article about them only moments before this guy in a baseball hat and scruffy beard walked in. I eyed him as he walked by, looked at my companion, and we raised our eyebrows in recognition - that's TOTALLY Andrew Lincoln (we said it without actually saying it out loud - we are one of those obnoxiously adorable couples like that).
I really didn't want to be an ass, but I felt it was my duty as a journalist to see if he would mind if I took a photo. I approached him and introduced myself.
"Hi, I'm Andy," said Andrew Lincoln.
When I asked about taking his picture for a moviepilot.com article, he was hesitant, as he really digs his anonymity in the neighborhood. I told him I totally understood, and that I would just skip it because I wanted to use the photo of him specifically to promote Aurora. He said he was all about promoting Aurora, so we went out front by the door to take the photo.
He was really nice, and I tried not to stare at the cut across the bridge of his nose, but it was in the middle of his face, so I wasn't all that successful. I don't think he noticed, though.
He stood in front of Aurora Coffee, and I took my photo. In the background, I saw my companion leaning in and smiling. I showed Andy (because we're friends now), and he thought the photo bomb was funny. He said I should definitely use it, so I was like, "okay."
And here it is:
I'm still stoked :)