Sunday, April 8, 2012

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

My friend Casey likes to eat at Opal's Thai Restaurant in Haleiwa. She was in there last week when the owner told her that Diner's, Drive-Ins, and Dives would be featuring Opal's on their show. He invited Casey and her family to be there for the filming. Her husband couldn't make it that day, so she asked me to come along.

There were a number of people who had been invited to come see the fun and the restaurant is really small, so I had a feeling from the beginning that we would never make it inside. Guy Fieri, the host of the show, was inside already, sampling dishes and being filmed.

One of the crew members talked to all of us and explained that they would take us in a few at the time to interview us about the food. They told us we would not actually be able to place orders, they would just put food in front of us. We were all cool with that.

He immediately zeroed in on two young soldiers who were standing near us and decided they would be great to interview on camera. "Excuse me, sir," he started off, then paused, then stammered, "Uh....I mean ma'am. I'm sorry!" With their uniforms and short hair, he had mistaken their gender and we were all quite amused for a minute as he apologized.

We got to watch Guy Fieri as he came out to do the opening shot for the segment. It was quite entertaining to watch as they had to do a couple of practices and then when they got around to actually filming it, people kept wandering into the shot in the background and they would have to start over. It's a lot of work to get ten seconds of usable film!

After an hour and a half, Casey's kids were hungry and we felt it might be quite a while before the whole thing was done, so we decided to bail and go get lunch somewhere else and get the kids out of the sun. So we never made it into an interview and I won't be spotted by a Hollywood producer who sees me in a background shot of a restaurant and leaps up yelling, "She's the one I've been looking for to replace Julia Roberts in my next film!"

It's okay. I'm not bitter.

1 comment:

  1. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives(DDD, The Triple D) are a United State American food television series show. The host of this show is Guy Fieri.