Regular readers of this blog will be well aware that I have a small obsession with celebrities – I’ll stop them for a photograph and a chat at any given opportunity, and I’m not discriminating in my targets. But Gabriel Byrne is an actor with particular significance to me: In 1988, when I was four years old, a movie named A Soldier’s Tale was released worldwide. Set in World War II, it told the story of a British soldier (Gabriel Byrne) who falls in love with a Frenchwoman (Marianne Basler), and saves her life when members of the Resistance come to arrest her. My Dad, Grant Hindin Miller, wrote the script. I was shooting a What’s in store for the New York Times this morning when Gabriel Byrne came and stood next to me. I looked at him, he looked at me, and I started talking.
“Do you know what?” I said. “No, what?” he replied. “About 25 years ago, you were in a film written by my Dad,” I said. He asked which one, and when I told him, he shook his head in surprise. “That’s so strange,” he said, “I’ve just been writing about that film. It was one of the first that I ever did.” He called his friend over to introduce me, told her the story and kept talking for a while. Before leaving he shook my hand and told me to send his regards to my father. Amazing.
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