As a big fan of Giovanni Ribisi I was pretty stoked to find out he was coming to our studio to chat about Gangster Squad. Not only that, I was going to do a one-on-one with him and not have those ne’er-do-wells Cynthia and Ajay trying to get up in my InnerSPACE.
In case you don’t know this about me, I like to prepare. I daresay that sometimes I over prepare (actually, I don’t say that, but my lazy ne’er-do-well colleagues often do). It makes me feel secure knowing I’ve done as much research as possible before interviewing someone. (Hear that, guys? It’s called “professionalism”)
Anyway, I’m chatting with Giovanni and dazzling him with my over-preparedness when all of a sudden I feel something coming out of my nose. I immediately knew what it was. I was having a nosebleed.
Now I must confess I’m a bit of a hypochondriac. I knew I was having a nosebleed because I also had one the week before, which scared the living hell out of me. As I watched Giovanni’s eyes widen a little bit, I was torn between my sense of professionalism and my sheer paranoia that I was dying.
Thankfully, we were at the end of the interview and he was at the end of an answer so I was able to quickly wrap-up without my bloody nose going to camera. Incidentally, Giovanni was super nice about it and apparently checked in with the publicist afterwards about how I was doing. To quote his character, Seth Davis, in the fantastic 2000 flick Boiler Room, “There's no honour in taking that after school job at Mickey Dee's. Honour's in the dollar, kid.” Actually, that doesn’t relate at all to this story, I just really like that movie and feel that... oh no! Blood pouring from my face again!