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If you could have lunch with a famous person, who would it be and why?

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asked Jan 19, 2016 in Miscellaneous by Rebecca
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I don't know that he qualifies as "famous" even in the Carolinas, but I'd love to have lunch with Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford. I always love his pre- and post-game interviews along with his practice media sessions. I feel like I learn more about basketball every time he opens his mouth, and love being a student of the game.

If you're going to hold my feet to the fire and make me pick someone that actually is famous, then I'd have lunch with Jennifer Lawrence. Despite being renown for her dramatic roles, her off-camera and natural persona is quite funny. I think she'd be hilarious to be around for an hour. Plus, she could afford to pay for a nicer restaurant than I could.

[1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Clifford

[2]http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2225369/
answered Jan 19, 2016 by Topher (27,830 points)
edited Jan 25, 2016 by Topher
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I want to have lunch with Tom Green. For some reason, his comedy cracks me up and everything he has done has made a positive impression on me. He pretty much invented what people in the show Jackass have recently done, and he even invented planking before it got famous[1].

 

If you read his book called Hollywood Causes Cancer[2], you can learn about him and how his life has been full of ups, downs, and a bit of luck. I really think he's an interesting character. It's sad that he got super famous because I think that's why he kind of had to go away. It's pretty hard to mess with the public when they know who you are!

 

Tom Green Photo

 

References -

1 - http://www.mediaite.com/online/you-know-that-internet-phenomenon-planking-seems-that-tom-green-invented-it-in-1994/

 

2 - http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4000-5271-4

answered Jan 22, 2016 by zuulspaceman (37,960 points)
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This was actually really hard for me to decide. At first, I thought that I would like to have lunch with Bear Grylls. The more I thought about what Bear Grylls eats, though, the more that seemed like a bad idea. I would definitely have to be able to pick the restaurant if I had lunch with him! :)

 

The person I would probably go for, though, is Alan Cumming. I first noticed him when he played Glitch in Tin Man. Later, watching him in the Good Wife, I loved his character Eli Gold. It wasn't until I started following him on Instagram, however, that I realized what a charming and funny person he is. I have never seen anyone say anything bad about him. He is one of those people who just exudes happiness and who lifts everyone around them up.

 

Some of his posts on Instagram are hilarious. I imagine that having lunch with him would be a lot of fun. Perhaps my favorite thing about him is how nice he is to his fans.

 

He has either won or been nominated for countless awards throughout his career. In 1998, he won a Tony Award for his performance in Cabaret. Perhaps most impressive, however, is the Vito Russo Award that he received in 2005 for his contributions toward eliminating homophobia. [1] He is an avid promoter of LGBT rights and supports a number of different charities related to AIDS.

 

Along with being an amazing actor, he's also a fantastic singer. I keep waiting for his show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, to come to my area so I can see him perform live. Here he is singing one of my favorite Billy Joel songs:

 

 

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1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Cumming

answered Jan 24, 2016 by blueskies (57,070 points)
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Truthfully, many famous people who I would love to have lunch with have passed away. However, I am always fascinated to learn about the past, so it would have to be someone a bit older. The first person who comes to mind is Betty White. She has been in the industry so long and I am sure has seen many things. Also, she is an animal rights activist and just a great humanitarian. [1]

 

My second choice may seem a little shallow, but it would be Bill Gates. He is such an intelligent man and I would hope that speaking with him would help me gather ideas to make a lot of money! [2]

 

 

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_White

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates

answered Jan 24, 2016 by erod429 (53,480 points)
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When I first started thinking about this question, a lot of names ran past my mind. I thought about world leaders, politicians and other influential individuals. However, I then realized that what I love to do most in life is laugh. While I certainly wouldn't turn down the chance to meet with any of the above people, my pick would be Eric Stonestreet.

 

Eric Stonestreet plays Cam on my favorite show, Modern Family. I've seen him on several talk shows and he makes me laugh hysterically every time. He actually has quite a rich acting history; he's been on shows like ER, The West Wing, CSI, Monk and Nip / Tuck [1]. I'd love the chance to hear about his experiences and just get the opportunity to talk and laugh with him.

 

My second option would be Roy Williams, head coach of the North Carolina Tarheels. I attended UNC and have been a fan since I was a child. I'm interested to see what Roy is like in real life, and I would love to hear stories about some of my favorite basketball players.

 

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Stonestreet

 

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Williams_(coach)

answered Jan 24, 2016 by Unckelli (50,310 points)

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