agt_spooky: (SN-Jensen (shirt and tie))
Hard to believe, but five years ago today (it was even on a Friday!) my best buddy [livejournal.com profile] charityflint and I took the biggest spontaneous trip we'd ever done, and flew down to Fort Worth, Texas to see Jensen perform in A Few Good Men.



Man, how time flies! We had the BEST time in Texas. It was the first time we'd ever seen Jensen in person (in Navy dress whites of all things! Woot!) and he just nailed that performance. And the one the following night, too.

I remember waiting outside in the oppressive heat for him to come out the stage door and then nearly spontaneously combusting when he was suddenly standing in front of me. :-)  I don't even know how I was able to speak to him! LOL!

I'm so glad I brought a photo for him to autograph because to this day it's the only thing where he signed my name, since Creation doesn't allow them to personalize anything.



I was able to take a short video of Jensen signing autographs. It was absolutely pitch dark at the stage door, so only when someone's camera flashes can you see him:



And here you can see the back of my very blonde head as I was standing there recording it. :-)


So yeah, what an amazing trip. I still have my fingers crossed that Jensen will return to the stage someday because everyone should have the opportunity to see how fabulous he is in live theater. :-)
agt_spooky: (SN-Jensen (take my breath away))
Three years ago today - June 8, 2007 - I saw Jensen live on stage performing in A Few Good Men.




I rememeber hearing about the play, then talking to my best buddy [livejournal.com profile] charityflint, going, "Aww, man, I'd love to go!". Then I stopped and said, "Why don't we go?"

And thus the most spontaneous, spur of the moment weekend of my life was born. :-)

The next day Charity had airfare for us and I had tickets to both Friday and Saturday nights of the play. A few weeks later we were down in Forth Worth, Texas, roasting in the summer sun, playing tourist at the Stock Yards and having a fantastic time.






The night of the play came and I remember my stomach was in knots. This would be the first time I'd get to see Jensen in person. And when he stepped out onto that stage, dressed in his khaki military uniform - he took my breath away. :-) And his first word of dialogue? "Sam!" Boy, did that get a laugh from the tons of Superanatural fans in the audience!

I'd always been a fan of the movie version of A Few Good Men and had seen it many times. But I've never watched the movie again after seeing Jensen in the Tom Cruise role, because IMO, Jensen's better. :-)

The entire play was simply awesome and Jensen was freaking amazing. Although he didn't come out the stage door that night, he did on Saturday night, and I nearly fainted from being six inches away from him. :-) All us fangirls were orderly and polite and we each got a turn to speak with him and get an autograph. Since at the Creation cons they don't allow the boys to personalize anything, I'll always treasure the autograph I got that night at AFGM, because he wrote my name on it. *g*

Here's a video I took at the stage door. Sorry it's so dark, but there was only one single light bulb out there. Thankfully enough people were taking flash photography so it kept lighting Jensen up.




All in all it's a weekend I'll never forget! I only wish Casa Manana would have videotaped the play and put up a DVD for sale, because I'd do anything to be able to watch that over and over again. :-)

What about you guys? How many of you were at the play that weekend? I know I got to meet several of you!


Here's a few more pics from the play! )
agt_spooky: (SN-Jensen (smile 2))
Wow, was my weekend crap. I was unable to get more than a couple hours sleep on Friday, Saturday OR Sunday nights, leaving me like a zombie during the day. I don't know what's causing my insomnia, but it needs to stop!! And how come whenever I'm not feeling well and not on the computer for the weekend, there's an SPN con going on and I miss everything. [sigh] Looks like I'll have to head on over to Supernatural Wiki to get caught up. But yes, I do know the news about Jared and Sandy and it's not something I'm going to discuss here. I feel badly for both of them. I do think it is SO sweet that Jensen's family was at the con to see Jared, though. Awww!

Speaking of Jensen, it was one year ago today that myself and [livejournal.com profile] charityflint were in Fort Worth to see Jensen in A Few Good Men.



It's hard to believe that I was sitting there in the theater with Jensen just a few feet away from me. He was simply AMAZING as Lt. Kaffee and simply breathtaking in person. :-)

Here was the short (and very dark!) video I took at the backstage door after getting to meet him and get an autograph:




That spontaneous trip down to Texas is something I'll never forget. It was a fantastic experience and I truly hope Jensen does more theater in the future, because I know I'll be first in line to buy tickets!
agt_spooky: (SN-Sam (Ha!))
Ok, I've got to get myself out of this depressive, pissed off funk I've been in for days now because of this spoiler crap.

So enough of this. I've made my stand and expressed my opinion several times now and I'm done. I want to get back to something remotely happy, so how 'bout another funny SPN related anecdote from my Texas trip? Because I'm bummed that the excitement and euphoria I was feeling has nearly faded due to all the drama on LJ now.

Since this whole Texas trip was my idea to begin with, I took care of booking the airfare, hotel and rental car and theater tickets. All [livejournal.com profile] charityflint had to do was show up. :-) But now I bet she's wishing she would've booked the hotel. :-)

I tried getting a room at a hotel right down in Fort Worth, but I thought they were too expensive and I was trying not to spend a fortune on this trip. So I went through hotels.com and found a Best Western only 4 miles from the theater with extremely reasonable rates. Perfect!

Now I've stayed at Best Westerns countless times across the midwest and eastern parts of the country during my childhood and young adult vacations and they were always just fine.

I had found the exception in Fort Worth.

I kid you not, it was like walking into a hotel set on Supernatural. *bg* Sam and Dean would've felt right at home! This place was just bad. From the peeling wallpaper to the cracked tiles in the bathroom to the sink that backed up and the toilet that would barely flush to the tacky bedspreads and carpeting. Yep, I should've booked the reservation under Winchester instead. :-)

But that's not even the half of it! 'Cause guess what? THERE WAS A CEMETERY RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PARKING LOT!

I freaking kid you not. An actual cemetery! Charity took pictures! We about died (ha, ha) when we saw it. Could you just imagine Dean finding out there was a cemetery in the parking lot? He'd be like a little kid on Christmas. LOL!

Thank god we found something to laugh about, otherwise we'd have cried. :-)

So I dare somebody to top that as a hotel experience!
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
At the Friday night performance of A Few Good Men, [livejournal.com profile] charityflint and I were in the third row, in seats 3 and 4. When we got there, there was no one in seats 1 and 2 yet. A short time later a man and woman show up, around my age, mid-thirties, and sit down in those seats. The man gives me a friendly smile as he took the seat next to me, his female friend taking the aisle seat.

They start flipping through the playbill and the man remarks to his friend on how many things are listed in Lou Diamond Phillips' biography, but for her to read Jensen's bio. She's got to read Jensen's bio. I couldn't help but smile at that. Turns out she doesn't know who Jensen is and hasn't heard of Supernatural.

A minute later he tells her, "I read in the paper that people are coming from all over the country to see Jensen in this!"

At that I couldn't help myself and I leaned over and told him, "I'd be one of them."

His head whips around and he's like, no way! and asks where I'm from. I tell him Chicago and that I'm a fan of Jensen's and couldn't resist flying down here. Well, he gets all excited at my comment about Jensen, because it turns out he's a gay fanboy with a total crush on Jensen. :-)

He told me that he's been a fan of Jensen's since Days of Our Lives, and thought Eric Brady was fabulous. *g* We ended up talking about Dark Angel and Smallville and of course, Supernatural.

We just chatted and chatted about SPN, about Dean, our favorite episodes, etc. It was so cool to talk to a guy who is a fan, you know? He told me that he has yet to watch All Hell Breaks Loose part 2, because he's terrified of a cliffhanger like Devil's Trap and he doesn't want to wait months between AHBL and the season three premiere. At that, Charity and I assured him that it was Ok to watch it, as it doesn't end on a cliffhanger like that, but sets up season three nicely. He was so pleased to hear that! LOL! He was going to go ahead and watch it, then. :-)

We talked about the season 2 DVD set and I told him it would be out on Sept. 11th, and then the conversation turned back to the play and I said that Jared had been here on Wednesday to see Jensen. He was just in awe of that and wanted to know how I knew all of this information. I laughed and told him the internet and I swear I could see the lightbulb go on over his head. I think he'll be looking into some Jensen internet groups soon! *g*

At one point during the play he leaned over to whisper to me, "I love it everytime he says Sam" and I swear, two seconds later Jensen said it and the two of us looked at each other and smothered identical chuckles. :-)

This guy was just too cute and soooo crushing on Jensen and I really enjoyed talking with him that evening. Always nice to meet another fan! Especially a guy!
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Hey all! Many thanks to everyone who suggested conversion software, I really appreciate it!

Ok, here's the video I took at the stage door after the Saturday evening performance of A Few Good Men. Again, it was PITCH BLACK back there, so you can only see Jensen when people flash their cameras.

In case you can't quite make it out, at one point someone asks him why he chose to do a play, and he answers, "I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to take on something I was completely uncomfortable with, shake it up, to remind myself what I'm actually doing. And I did it."

Good for you, Jensen! :-)

agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)


Howdy, y'all! *g*

Before I get started, if anyone knows how to convert a video file from .asf format to either .wmv or .avi, PLEASE let me know. I have about three minutes of Jensen video I'd like to share with all of you that I recorded. And no, it's not illegal video. :-) Keep reading...

I wanted to get my report up about Saturday night's performance of A Few Good Men when I got home yesterday, but I was a sleep-deprived zombie instead. Why? Because [livejournal.com profile] charityflint and I didn't get back to the hotel until after midnight, got to bed just before 1am, got two hours sleep before having to get up and get to the airport by 4:30am. Ugh. (Yes, Charity, you will pay for that! *g*) So yeah, I slept most of the day away yesterday after finally getting home.

Anyway, let's start the report off with this - I GOT TO MEET JENSEN ACKLES! And Lou Diamond Phillips, too. )

I've got some funny anecdotes to share with all of you about other things that happened in Fort Worth, but I'll save those for another couple posts later. *g*
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Hey everyone!

I only have a few minutes here, as [livejournal.com profile] charityflint and I are heading out to enjoy a second day here in Fort Worth, but I had to make a quick post about the play last night.

In a word, Jensen is freaking AWESOME!!

I was so blown away by him I swear I forgot to breathe during most of the play. Plus the fact that he was 10 feet away from me! God, people, I just can't put into words how he looks in person. It was so SURREAL to see him right there, you know?

When he first came out on stage and yelled "Sam!" I had to chuckle, as did most of the other SPN fans in our section. :-) Plus the fact that Kaffee doesn't like to fly, as does our dear Dean. *g*

And I swear, if I ever hear another person say that Jensen is just a pretty face, I will hit them with a baseball bat and make them see this play, somehow, because holy crap, Jensen can ACT. Not that I didn't already know this, but damn, to see it in person and how intense he is - you'll be absolutely stunned.

Jensen had this part DOWN, let me tell you. From the serious stuff to the comedy, he was fantastic. Yeah, he flubbed a couple lines, but so did the other actors, and really, with the amount of dialogue he has, and how fast he has to say things, it's no wonder a few words came out a little garbled.

But he looked really relaxed and it was incredibly obvious that he wanted to make every performance his best. His facial expressions during the entire play were fantastic.

Shall we take a second to SQUEE over Jensen in three different military uniforms? [Barb falls over dead] OMG!! LOL! And where our seats were, Jensen had his back to us several times and I got to appreciate his...assets. ;-) He really does have an amazing body - nice shoulders and slim hips. They wear so many layers on SPN that it was nice to see some more form fitting clothes on Jensen.

The first half of the play was great, but the second half was amazing, since these were the courtroom scenes. And Jensen BLEW ME AWAY. Again, I forgot how to breathe as Kaffee gets more and more intense, grilling Jessup before both of them are just yelling at each other. You could've heard a pin drop for the last hour.

And then, at the very end, as Kaffee is walking off stage to end the play, right past our seats, JENSEN SANG! My jaw just freaking dropped as he started belting out "I don't know, but I've been told..." SQUEE!!

Needless to say, the applause and yelling for Jensen when he came out to take his bow was totally loud, especially from our section. :-)

I'm SO glad I get to see this again tonight, because once was just not enough. *g* I wish all of you could have been down here to see this, because it's something I'll not soon forget and I feel very, very lucky that I got to be able to experience. It will be so strange to go home and see Jensen on TV and think "I saw you in person". God. :-)

We did the stage door thing, but a person from the theater came out and specifically told us that neither Jensen or Lou would be coming out, so that was a bit of a disappointing end to the evening. :-( And with even more fans there tonight, there's just no way Jensen will be coming out, either. Bummer.

But hey, at least I was thisclose to him and he even looked right at me at one point, and wow, to have that intense gaze focused on you, just for a split second? Yeah, I was a puddle of goo.

Charity and I need to leave a oh'dark thirty tomorrow morning, so no report on the Saturday night show until after I get back home.
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Hi everyone!

Wanted to let you know that [livejournal.com profile] charityflint and I made it safe and sound down to Texas this morning, with a bit of drama at the airport and a fairly bumpy flight.

But we got our rental car and found the hotel with no problem. After grabbing some lunch and our maps, we headed down to the Stockyards, where we spent the day, and had a fantastic time!

It's such a great area, filled with shops and restaurants and the people here are so friendly! It's all "howdy" and "how y'all doin'?" and as soon as Chris and I open our mouths, they're like, "you're not from around here, are you?" LOL!

We got to see a cattle drive and I got to sit on one! Check it out:



We've got to start getting ready for the play, so I'm gonna run. Hope to have another post about the performance tomorrow! :-)
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Ok, people, this is it!  I'm about to leave for [profile] charityflint's house, where I'm spending the night, then we catch our flight to Dallas bright and early tomorrow morning - to go see the awesomely talented Mr. Jensen Ackles, from the third freaking row!! SQUEE!!

Thank you all for your wishes of safe travel today and for keeping your fingers crossed that Charity and I get the opportunity to meet Jensen after the play.

I can't tell you how excited I am to be doing this!  :-)

I'm taking my laptop with me and will surely report on the Friday night performance, but we're leaving at  oh'dark thirty in the morning on Sunday so a report on Saturday night's performance may have to wait until I get home. And of course I'm taking my camera and will post pics if I get them if Jensen does come out the stage door.

All right, gotta run! The suitcase is by the door and I've got my cowboy hat in my hand (yes, I really do have one!) and I'm ready for my Texas adventure!
agt_spooky: (SN-Jensen & Jared (Awww!))
I'm just about dying over here that Jared (and Sandy and Jensen's father and Jensen's girlfriend) were at A Few Good Men last night. Man, why couldn't they have waited and gone to the Friday performance when I'm going to be there???  :-) But it's just too damn awesome that Jared was there to support his boyfriend and lead the standing ovation!

Anyway, here's a post from TWOP from a girl who was there, complete with Jared pics:

http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3132378&st=79290&p=8057248&#entry8057248

Then [personal profile] sen1995pointed me in the direction of a gal who got her pic taken with Jensen after the show. Yes, AFTER the show. This gives me great hope that Jensen will also come out after the show on Friday night (since I only know of about 20 LJ fans that will be there - hopefully not too big of a crowd for Jensen).

Here's the pic on her MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/sweetsunangel88

I'm about 95% packed for Dallas now and will be heading over to [profile] charityflint's house after work to spend the night, then we're off to Texas! Whoo-hoo!!
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
I get to spend all day today at a trade show for work.

Oh joy.

So everyone behave while I'm gone! :-)

P.S. - I hear Jensen ROCKED the performance last night. Here's what the Dallas Morning news (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/stories/DN-men_0606gl.ART.State.Edition2.437258e.html) had to say:

Interestingly, it's Mr. Ackles who really sets off the fireworks in this A Few Good Men. He's slick and funny, but human underneath. His stage technique is nigh onto perfect – and this is a guy who's been working steadily on large and small screens for a decade.

And from the Star Telegram (click the link to see Jensen in his Navy whites! http://www.star-telegram.com/live//story/126894.html)

The better news is that this hyped production -- thanks to stars Lou Diamond Phillips (as Col. Nathan Jessep) and TV actor Jensen Ackles (Lt. j.g. Daniel Kaffee) of Supernatural in his professional stage debut -- lives up to expectations...

...Ackles started off nervously but quickly settled in and handled the military and law jargon (and a few comic lines) like a pro, with minor bobbles.

Best news: This production erased, temporarily at least, the memory of the movie, which happens when stage actors make the roles their own.


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Awesome job, Jensen! I pulled out my suitcase last night and will start packing tonight for Fort Worth. Can't wait!
agt_spooky: (SN-Dean (glare))
[livejournal.com profile] wendy wrote in her journal:

I asked some of my local PR buddies if anyone could get me back stage to see Jensen this week, in an official capacity. I'm not interested in stalking him at the stage door but if there was a press meeting or an event with city people, I wanted in.

I got four different people responding telling me how amped up security is and that they are doing NO backstage events, NO fan things, nothing. Casa is freaked about it, Jensen is unprepared and they just all said NO.

Obviously, he could change his mind and do anything he wants in the moment but the playhouse is saying no, no, no.



I am so fucking PISSED OFF at all the people that have been calling and harrassing the Casa about Jensen. Are you all happy now?? Because you just couldn't keep your squeeing and excitement on LJ, so that the theater and Jensen didn't know that a group of fans would be there to see the play we may have gotten a chance to meet him afterwards, like those lucky folks after the Jimmy Kimmel show. (I don't mean that I want Jensen to be blindsided by a group waiting for him, but now he's under the impression that we want to cause him harm)

But no, now Jensen and the Casa think a bunch of crazy idiots are going there to stalk him and now everyone's freaked out.

Going there to see Jensen in the play is my main reason for going, but I would have loved to have said Hello to him afterwards, tell him how much we all enjoy him on SPN, something like that. But now I've been labled as a stalker and that pisses me off.

Sorry for the rant, but this really upsets me.
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
There's another write up about A Few Good Men in the Star Telegram (http://www.star-telegram.com/408/story/124549.html) this morning, this time an interview with Lou Diamond Phillips, but he mentions Jensen:

"We liked each other from the get-go," Phillips says of Ackles, who grew up in Richardson and will play the role made famous by Tom Cruise. "So I was able to get in his face and yell at him. In rehearsal today, I threatened to kill him. ... No big deal. And he was like, 'That was great, thank you.'

"The hardest thing to do is to play antagonism and anger and aggressiveness with someone you don't trust," Phillips continues. "As an actor you gotta know that the other guy's not gonna take a swing at you. There's a huge amount of trust in playing love scenes, but also in having this passionate a relationship."
>
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Just found another article, with a different pic of Jensen and Lou in uniform, from the Star Telegram

agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Here's another good article/interview with Jensen (complete with new pics) from the Star-Telegram:

agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Saw this article this morning on the Star-Telegram's site (http://www.star-telegram.com/147/story/120734.html):

Star-Telegram

Jensen Ackles, left, and Lou Diamond Phillips star in A Few Good Men.
 
Jensen Ackles, left, and Lou Diamond Phillips star in A Few Good Men.

TUE Military men

Like Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the play A Few Good Men (on which the film is based), actor Jensen Ackles is better known for TV than for stage. That won't stop Richardson native Ackles, 29 (currently of the CW's Supernatural), from making his professional stage debut in Casa Mañana's production, where he plays the cocksure Lt. Kaffee to Lou Diamond Phillips' Col. Jessep. Could be a solid team. And that's the truth -- if you can handle it.

-- Mark Lowry

A Few Good Men

7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. June 8; 2 and 8 p.m. June 9;

2 and 7 p.m. June 10

Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth

$30-$59

817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org

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So is that finally a REAL photo of Jensen and Lou? Either way, I am getting SO excited to see this play! I can't believe I've just gotten back from Michigan and I'm going to be leaving again one week from today to go to Fort Worth. Squee!

agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Ah, another glorious Monday. Not. The hubby and I need to go to the DMV after I get off of work to get our driver's licenses changed with our new address on them. SO not looking forward to that.

Spent 4 hours on the computer last night trying to get caught up with answering back comments. Knocked out 62 but as of this morning I still have 35 left to answer back. [sigh] Sorry, guys! I'm not ignoring you, promise! You all are just a chatty bunch with me lately. :-) And I love it!

~~~~~

Had a chance to sit down on Saturday with my bowl of popcorn and watch A Few Good Men. I wanted to see if I could visualize Jensen in the role of Lt. Kaffee.

And BOY, could I!

Holy crap but Jensen is going to be freaking amazing in this role. I swear to you, by the end of the play there will be nothing left of me but a scorch mark on my seat from the hotness Jensen will bring to this part. (Especially since we get to see him in Navy whites, khakis AND dress blues!)

It's been years since I've seen A Few Good Men, and I forgot what a cocky smart ass Kaffee is. We know how good Jensen is at portraying Dean that way, so it was no stretch at all to imagine the words coming out of Tom Cruise's mouth coming out of Jensen's instead.

And like Dean, we know there's a heart beneath that tough guy exterior, just like with Lt. Kaffee.

The only problem I'm having is imagining Lou Diamond Phillips in the role of Jessup. Jack Nicholson just ate the scenery in the movie, and I don't know...Lou just doesn't seem tough enough for this role. And I don't think there's enough of an age difference between Jensen and Lou like Tom and Jack. Jessup was one tough asshole who people feared and Jack pulled that off no problem. I'm just wondering if Lou can do the same.

A couple of scenes that I just cannot wait to see Jensen perform - Kaffee meeting Jessup for the first time, getting drunk and losing it in his apartment and of course the final courtroom scene.

Man, after watching the movie I cannot tell you how freaking excited I am to be going to Fort Worth to see this! Squee!
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Ok, this just about killed me.  :-)  The following is a link to an article about Jensen starring in the upcoming theater production of A Few Good Men, with Lou Diamond Phillips.

Now while they mention Jensen starring in Supernatural, Smallville, Days of Our Lives and Dark Angel, for some truly strange reason, they also mention Wishbone.  I mean, what the...?  He was in one episode in 1995!

But it gets even more bizarre when the ONE video clip they link to in the article is from Wishbone! LOL! What in the world was this reporter thinking?? Um, hello? Ever think about showing a clip from oh, say, Jensen's current gig on Supernatural instead of a single appearance 12 years ago??

I'm still scratching my head over this one. :-)

Here, go see for yourselves and shake your head in bewilderment, too:

http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2007/may/07/lou-diamond-phillips-jensen-ackles-few-good-men/
agt_spooky: (A Few Good Men)
Because I'm going to Forth Worth to see Jensen in A Few Good Men (I still can't believe I'm doing this!) I joined the [livejournal.com profile] one_good_man community.

They were asking for graphics for a banner, so I gave it a shot. Don't know if they'll use it, but it was fun to make! I just found a pic of a Naval officer and then put Jensen's head on him instead. :-)

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