At one time or another, we’ve all forgotten our work pass and pleaded with the building security saying something of the sort, “But, but I work here. You SEE me every day,” but there’s no getting in. We’re then inclined to begrudgingly go the front desk, smile for a headshot and get a temporary paper pass.
Well, we’re not alone, and even the likes of Hugh Bonneville needs the appropriate pass to get into the BBC, reports RadioTimes.
Bonneville painted a vivid picture explaining that they were shooting some scenes in the lobby of the office building. A security guard, who Bonneville describes as “a lovely guy in fact,” was watching the 20-member crew and cast “troop down from upstairs.” The guard was “chuckling away” enjoying the unexpected lunchtime entertainment.
But when it was time for Bonneville to go back upstairs, it was no laughing matter.
Bonneville goes on to explain to RadioTimes, “When we finished filming, we headed in to go upstairs, and he wouldn’t let me in because I didn’t have the right sort of pass.”
“No matter how much I tried to explain that I was part of this team that had been filming in his reception for three hours he wasn’t having any of it!,” said the Downton Abbey star. “I had to go and get a visitors pass …”
The mental image really gives us a giggle. It’s not a big deal to go get a pass but it’s just one of those things when you’re like, “You JUST saw me. Remember? I was the guy acting over there. You had a chuckle. I looked at you. You looked back. Remember?”
It sounds like Bonneville was a sport. He eventually did manage to gain re-entrance into the building.
Bonneville sums it all up, “The BBC doormen are legendary.”
Rules are rules; do you think the guard should get a promotion for doing his job right?
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