If you are most people, your favorite celebrity is your hero and inspiration because this is someone you look up to. However, as popular as they might be, famous people are still human.
So, you can reasonably expect that your favorite celebrity is not as good in person as they seem on screen.
With that, here are some bizarre celebrity encounters people have had with celebrities.
We'll cover everything from Oprah nearly running someone over to Bill Murray taking a kids pacifier and putting it in his mouth.
1. Johnny Depp Meets The Backbencher
Most people can only fantasize about what it feels like to meet Jack Sparrow in real life.
However, not even in our wildest imaginations can we imagine the iconic movie star pausing his lecture, walking all the way to someone, and bringing them closer to the front so they could hear what he was saying more clearly.
That's some pretty special VIP treatment!
That said, it has to be somewhat embarrassing to be the person behind such a reaction from this famous movie star.
2. Alicia Silverstone Meets Toilet User
A Reddit user explained what transpired after attending a big party full of writers and other celebrities. Someone barged into the bathroom, and it was none other than Alicia Silverstone.
She pushed the Redditor out of the way and against the wall and used the bathroom.
That sounds like a pretty uncomfortable situation to find yourself in. Fortunately, the celebrity later apologized for the intrusion.
3. Bam Magera's Bodyguard Meets Store Manager
Like many celebrities, Bam walks around with quite an entourage. While visiting an upscale mall, a bodyguard thought the establishment should close it down so that Bam could shop in private.
When someone tried to explain to him that the store did not accommodate such requests, the intimidating bodyguard started to make a scene.
Obviously, Bam did not like how this guy was representing him, which is why he stepped in and put an end to the unnecessary drama.
In any case, if they wished to have a private shopping experience, they should have called ahead of time so the store could make all the necessary arrangements.
4. James Franco Encounters Coffeehouse Guests
Okay, even if someone were your friend, they would probably consider you a jerk for trying to get their attention by slapping them on the arm. So, we understand where James Franco was coming from here.
Otherwise, as well-meaning as these guys were, they were wrong to assume that the man was growing out a mustache to celebrate Movember. Anyone who knows Franco understands that this is his signature look.
Still, it's sad to learn that these guys did not enjoy the charm often associated with this famous actor, which shows the importance of making a good first impression.
5. Henry Winkler Approaches A 10-Year-Old
Usually, regular folks approach celebrities. However, Henry Winkler decided to flip the script by approaching a 10-year-old.
While at it, he took the time to incorporate some dad humor into the mix. What's surprising is that the kid remained calm even without any knowledge of the grown-up stranger taking an interest in him.
Luckily, the mom was close by, and that helped the kid resolve the "stranger danger" dilemma he was struggling with.
6. Bill Murray Meets The Toddler
There is no telling what Bill Murray will do next, which is why this interesting story is both shocking and expected. In this case, he took a pacifier from a toddler.
As if that was not ridiculous enough, he put it in his mouth.
The toddler wasn't going to take this rudeness with wailing and tears but instead snatched the pacifier back from him. It all sounds quite hilarious.
7. Prince's Manager Meets Grandpa
Prince was pretty big, and many people would have bent over backward to please him when he was alive. However, one grandpa was not about to do any of this.
When the singer's manager walked into an electronic store owned by this older man to rent some equipment, he had an issue waiting in line like everyone else.
However, grandpa would not indulge him, and the manager was forced to wait in line like everyone else.
8. Samuel L. Jackson Meet The Busboy
Samuel Jackson is quite the star. Additionally, his film roles have also given him the reputation of being intimidating.
That is probably why this busboy did not try to complain when the actor sneezed on him. Unfortunately, Jackson pretended nothing had happened.
We have to admit that it sucks to know that the actor would not apologize after doing this to someone. He might be a tough guy on the big screen, but most people expect that he is a pretty stand-up guy in real life.
9. David Hasselhoff Meets The Innocent Kid
David Hasselhoff was huge on Baywatch, and most people loved him. However, a kid who managed to meet him at the beach did not get to see this side of him when he asked the actor for an autograph.
While at Rendono Beach, he approached the man to get an autograph, but he blew off the kid, saying: "I'm playing with my children right now, beat it."
Obviously, this came as a shock to the kid, who was left standing there for a while as he wondered what to do next. However, the actor gave him a weird look and yelled at him, and the boy knew it was time to leave.
10. Patrick Stewart Meets The Student
Patrick Stewart is an actor beyond compare, thanks to his roles in Star Trek and the X-Men movies. So, we can understand why some people are so excited to meet him.
In this case, it was lovely of him to stop and chat with her as he was out checking out the school.
11. Oprah Winfrey Scares Pedestrians
Without a doubt, Oprah is one of the most famous people on the planet. However, that does not mean everyone is a fan of the popular talk show host.
Like everyone else on the planet, getting behind the wheel of a car comes with some risks. Apparently, Oprah almost ran over some people, and what's worse is that she also yelled at the pedestrians.
That isn't excusable, no matter how big of a star someone is.
12. Mike Meyers Encounters Tavern Folks
Mike Meyers is a big deal to many people, which is why some folks at a tavern were beside themselves with excitement after meeting him and even went to the trouble of offering him a drink.
The SNL prodigy was a dominating force in the world of comedy. Surprisingly, in this case, he did not come up with a hilarious response as everyone would have expected of the comedian.
13. Eva Longoria Meets The Film Crew
When you are part of a production, you have to deal with inevitable stresses, regardless of whether you are in front of the camera or behind the scenes. The long hours and the hard work can take their toll.
However, having someone mess up the sound during your parts can be incredibly infuriating. That is why this crew member's reaction is understandable.
After all, they had to complete the take successfully. It takes a great person to find humor in having a sandwich hurled at them by a famous actress.
14. Hulk Hogan Meets An Average Guy
Deep down, celebrities are human even though ordinary people might put them on pedestals. However, some of them let the admiration they receive from strangers get into their heads.
That is probably why Hulk Hogan thought it was okay for him to cut in line.
15. George R. R. Martin Encounters The L.A. Chargers Fan
It's hard to associate creative people with sports, given how good they are at what they do. After all, it has to take a lot of dedication to stand out in a creative field as an artist.
That is why many people would be surprised to learn that George R. R. Martin, the author of Song of Ice and Fire, is also a fan of the New York Jets.
When this book-loving fan met the famous author, he did not expect this aspect to come up during their flight.
16. Adam West Meets Horror Fan
We all want to avoid unpleasant conversations, especially with highly beloved celebrities like Adam West. However, this horror convention ended on a sour note, thanks to an emotional exchange with Adam West.
The man is forever remembered for his role as Batman. It's possible the star had been through a difficult time and was not in the right state of mind to have a conversation with anyone.
17. Dane Cook's Encounter With The Runner
You've often heard it said that you should never meet your heroes, and to some extent, this is solid advice. For instance, this person scolded Dane cook like a child.
What made the situation worse was that the incident aired on HBO. Imagine having an uncomfortable encounter with a celebrity shown on television?
That has to suck. Cook certainly didn't enjoy this encounter either, and we can understand why.
18. Weird Al Encounters The Roommate
Weird Al has made a name for himself through parody songs like Eat It, inspired by Michael Jackson's Beat It. However, even for those who have no idea what he does, the fact that he is called Weird Al tends to stand out.
This moment with the celebrity is quite hilarious, and the two roommates will never forget it. It would be interesting to know the person who had to collect the mail eventually.
19. Gary Busey And The Dunkin' Line
Anger is one of the most common emotions, and that's part of being human. However, it hurts when you get an angry reaction from someone when all you are doing is being polite.
Imagine being yelled at by a celebrity. Fortunately, the guy can take comfort in the fact that Gary Busey has a reputation for having this sort of behavior.
20. Pauly Shore Versus The Mustard
Working at a restaurant means having to deal with messy situations all the time. This can include anything from broken utensils, spilled beverages, or dealing with unhappy customers.
This is all part of the job.
Fortunately, when this waiter spilled mustard on the table by mistake, Pauly Shore was pretty understanding.
21. Michael Douglas Meets The Passerby
It's beyond belief that someone cruising around in a dream car like the Porsche 911 could want to risk running someone or something over. However, we can also understand why owning this car can make you want to go faster.
When this web user was almost run over by a car, it was not an entirely bad experience. After nearly getting over the shock, he realized that the man behind the wheel was none other than Michael Douglas from Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt during this encounter.
22. Leonard Nimoy Encounters The Door
As Spock, it seemed that there was nothing Leonard Nimoy could not handle when out in space. However, it seems that these skills don't necessarily serve him well on this planet.
Although we all have moments of clumsiness, we don't typically expect celebrities to have them. However, like many other people, Nimoy had such a moment with a door.
23. Emeril Lagasse Versus The Mall Shopper
A fan went to see Lagasse at the mall during a promotion. However, things got off to a bad start when he knocked over one of the cameras accidentally.
That should have been enough embarrassment for the day, but there was more to come. An angry chef was soon in his face, scolding him for running into the camera.
Even after desperately trying to explain that it had happened by accident, the chef asked him to leave not to cause any more problems.
The incident seems to have impacted him, considering that he must change the channel whenever Lagasse appears on the screen.
24. Shaquille O'Neal Meets The Aunt
Shaquille is famous enough to be instantly identified even by people who are not basketball fans. The legendary star has appeared in many commercials and movies, making him an all-around celebrity.
In fact, he even entered the music industry briefly.
Still, this aunt could not identify him. That cost her an autograph her nephew would have loved, being a massive fan of the star himself.
25. John Williams Encounters The Boston Pops Orchestra Fan
Once again, a fan was on the verge of getting run over by a celebrity. This time, it was none other than the world-famous film score composer, John Williams.
Maybe he was running late for the concert he would conduct, making him less careful about his driving. Either that or his eyes aren't as good as his ears.
26. Collin Farrel Encounters The Touristy Couple
Celebrities are used to being the center of attention, and it's understandable since they seem to get recognition and adoration wherever they go. Clearly, this situation was the complete opposite of what happens when fans meet celebrities.
Farrel must have felt played, and this couple certainly did this in the most interesting way.
Still, we can't help but appreciate that he played along and took the picture despite having the wrong impression about what was supposed to happen.
This is undoubtedly one of the hilarious celebrity pranks ever.
27. Jamie Foxx Encounters Busy Bike Messenger
They say you should not kill the messenger, and Jamie Foxx seems to have honored this saying after encountering a seemingly rude messenger.
The messenger was serious about his job and wanted to make sure he delivered the documents as expected. Hopefully, his unwavering determination got him a promotion.
28. Dominic Monaghan Versus The Shrieking Sister
Sometimes, actors' roles define and even prove to be more popular than their real names. Celebrities get referred to by their famous characters all the time.
Dominic Brandybuck is quite famous for his role in the Lord of the Rings. Apparently, he is used to people calling him a hobbit, and some even shriek once they see him.
It is refreshing to learn that he doesn't mind when people use the name to refer to him.
29. Don Cheadle Meets '90s Phone Technology
Here is a moment to make you realize that technology has come a long way since the '90s and early '00s. Otherwise, how else would someone mishear a name over the phone and later realize it was a famous film star like Don Cheadle?
30. Emeril Lagasse Encounters Theme Park Tourists
A lot of unexpected things can happen at theme and amusement parks. This seems to happen more regularly at Islands of Adventure by Universal Studios.
If you need proof, this story is all the evidence you need.
This encounter these folks had with Lagasse was not just strange. It was also a little spooky. The celebrity yelled before getting into a tramp and going away, and the music that played soon after was also perfect for the occasion.
31. Al Roker Meets Elevator Rider
People have been known to pass gas while in the elevator. Otherwise, most people have the sense to wait until they get out.
Al Roker probably thought nobody would realize what he was up to. Unfortunately, he ended up embarrassing himself and creating an incredibly awkward moment.
32. Tom DeLonge Meets The "Ex" Fan
When most people meet their favorite celebrities, they wish to say all the right things and create an unforgettable moment they will cherish all their lives. Unfortunately, when this fan met with Tom DeLonge, that is not what actually happened.
Instead of paying him a compliment, it seems the fan ended up offending the Blink 182 lead.
However, it seems like the "compliment" didn't bother the guitarist considering that he walked off without even waiting to hear an answer to his question.
33. Tim Curry Versus The Dad
It seems that being a parent means offending random people regularly. These parents proved that parents could annoy practically anyone, including Tim Curry.
The actor is known for playing a villain in many productions.
This was clearly an uncomfortable encounter, and it's understandable why Tim Curry would be irritated by what the two were up to. That said, the whole meeting is also pretty funny.
34. Hilary Duff Meets "Ignorant" Trolls
If any celebrity knows what it's like to encounter trolls, then it's Hilary Duff. Trolls can be hilarious, but their targets don't usually feel the same way about their antics.
That said, it is unreasonable for celebrities to assume everyone knows who they are. As popular as they are, not everyone has the time to learn about them and enjoy their works.
Still, trolls can be pretty hilarious, even if that comes at the cost of offending these famous figures. Clearly, that is what seems to have happened in this encounter with Hilary Duff.