At times, celebrities can feel like the very fiction they often portray.
After all, your chances of running into Tom Cruise at any random time are only slightly better than running into a real version of Ethan Hunt, right?
But there is a chance, and if you're lucky enough (or in some cases, unlucky enough), you can share the encounter with people online.
Twitter user Michael Segalov got curious, and asked the internet to share their most surreal instances of random celebrity encounters.
what’s the most surreal encounter you’ve had with someone famous? been thinking about this all day... mine was look… https://t.co/PZKMkXYu9l— Michael Segalov (@Michael Segalov)1554671116.0
And people were only too happy to respond. The specific wording on the question was intriguing as well.
It didn't ask for someone's "best" or "worst" encounter. It asked for most surreal.
Celebrities are just like us, ya know, human?
Sometimes they need to eat. Sometimes they need to use the restroom. And sometimes they just want to bring people joy.
Sometimes, they want to give you a show.
i was at a party and alone in the kitchen. martin short walked in to get a glass of wine. he saw me, smiled politel… https://t.co/nosfBkUQug— blaine capatch (@blaine capatch)1554851247.0
I saw @neilhimself on the ocean at the end of the lane tour and when he was signing my book his sharpie dried out a… https://t.co/oO9WVqbrre— Captain Phasma’s Wife (@Captain Phasma’s Wife)1554932987.0
Christopher Walken came into the auto department at my store & asked for my help with the fishing supplies in the s… https://t.co/mfQjJ5zfqX— Jerry Whitworth (@Jerry Whitworth)1554860106.0
@MikeSegalov Amy Winehouse pulled a couple of pints for me in The Hawley Arms in Camden. This was when she was abou… https://t.co/Qp2EGsLwdl— Phillip Dyte (@Phillip Dyte)1554900959.0
@MikeSegalov I met Lauren Bacall at a beach party when I was 19. She pulled me away from the crowd and we had dinne… https://t.co/UeYZUqNDRt— Josh Mankiewicz (@Josh Mankiewicz)1554920989.0
Other times you have to ask if the power and fame have gone to their heads. After all, who can remain connected to the rest of humanity when so many lift you above it?
While the best examples are the legendary stories of random encounters with Bill Murray, plenty more people have had weird run-ins with other celebrities.
@MikeSegalov We had just moved to New Orleans, misjudged how far we were from the theater, and were literally runni… https://t.co/3iIKOapXO0— Conner Marx (@Conner Marx)1554932803.0
When I was 17 I did a Pepsi commercial with Beyonce. It was expressly forbidden to look at her in the eyes. We shar… https://t.co/E0QcEjIY8K— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1554889237.0
I think I can tell this story When I was doing the magic for oceans 8 Sandra Bullock was shooting one of the scen… https://t.co/lJtGfS4mGB— Eli Bosnick (@Eli Bosnick)1554932154.0
Her PA’s lost their minds. She was nowhere to be found. Not in her trailer. Not on her cell Turns out she was eat… https://t.co/AIGUlfDYv2— Eli Bosnick (@Eli Bosnick)1554932155.0
People were very quick to share all the weird and weirdly good times they met celebrities.
But sometimes it's not the celebrity. Sometimes it's you. Sometimes you mess up.
Yes, you are also just like us. You need to eat. You need to use the restroom.
And you can be just as awkward as anyone.
At a near-empty bar, joking with a blonde lady about the MIA bartender. Her date returns from the bathroom and gets… https://t.co/j3Y1UpaCa6— Sam "The Hammer" Humphries (@Sam "The Hammer" Humphries)1554881633.0
@Jenny_Trout Ah, my fav type of encounter!!— KayLoo (@KayLoo)1554907643.0
@MikeSegalov I’ve had a few but one was in 1988,seeing Robin Williams with his son, Zack shopping at Forbidden Plan… https://t.co/83rW7XjWfI— Jamal Yaseem Igle™️©️ (@Jamal Yaseem Igle™️©️)1554888898.0
@RachaelHerron @MikeSegalov I think you may have met the actual devil instead of Tom Waits but that's a coin toss— Jannelle Panic (@Jannelle Panic)1554926123.0
And sometimes you are a celebrity yourself whose story is the best thing ever written on the internet.
Eartha Kitt slapped the f%#! outta me! She thought I was sleeping with her boyfriend.. which I was, but I didn’t k… https://t.co/PMTsv8xF7q— Jackée Harry (@Jackée Harry)1554923455.0
If reading about awkward celebrity encounters is your cup of tea, journalist Kate Coyne penned an entire book of I'm Your Biggest Fan: Awkward Encounters and Assorted Misadventures in Celebrity Journalism is availablehere.