A heartbreaking story about how George R. Martin changed a dying friend’s life.
Manhattan, New York – Dan Fogelman shared a heartbreaking story about how George R. Martin changed a dying friend’s life.
Fogelman is an American television producer and screenwriter whose screenplays include Tangled; Crazy, Stupid, Love; and the Pixar film Cars. He also created the 2012 television sitcom The Neighbors, the 2015 fairy tale-themed musical comedy series Galavant, the 2016 dramedy series This Is Us.
He took to Twitter to share a personal story of how the writer of Game of Thrones, made one of the best memories for his friend’s last year on earth.
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“Anyone want a quick personal story about George R. Martin/#GameofThrones?
Over a year ago a close buddy and I got to see Springsteen’s Broadway show. It’s a big deal for us. My buddy, Alex, gets there super early, because he’s excited, and calls me as I’m in a cab heading there.
He’s talking a mile a minute. While waiting outside the theatre, he spotted George R. Martin. He says he’s going to go talk to him. I beg him not to. He hangs up on me.
Now, a bit about Alex. He is larger than life. Handsome and charming as hell, with the best head of hair you’ve ever seen. He’s also obsessed with Game of Thrones like no one you’ve ever known. And he never listens to anyone, so I just KNOW he’s going to accost George R. Martin.
I arrive at the theatre. Alex is waiting, bursting with energy as always. He tells me he approached George. Got a picture. And, somehow – miraculously – got George R Martin’s cell phone number. George was with his wife and told Alex they usually go for pizza after a show.
Alex says to him: “maybe we will join you.” Alex and I chuckle at his chutzpah.
We see Springsteen. The entire show Alex is debating when to text George. I beg him to let it go. I know George will never reply and Alex will be disappointed.
The Springsteen show ends. It’s amazing. Alex, as I knew he would, immediately texts George. And to my absolute shock… George R Martin writes Alex back! He tells us to meet them at a local pizza joint.
Alex and I go. I’m convinced it’s going to end badly — a weird miscommunication. We are going to get ghosted. At least it will be a funny story. And then…
George and his lovely wife arrive.
We eat pizza for an hour or two. George and I talk shop. Alex tries to play it cool, only makes a few nerdy Thrones references. At meal’s end, George gives Alex a Westeros coin. Alex reacts stronger than is appropriate for a 40-something man.
We all part ways. Alex is giddy.
Here’s what George R Martin didn’t know that night. My handsome, well-haired, larger than life pal Alex is battling a random case of stage 4 lung cancer. He will pass away a year later. I will dedicate then S3 premiere of “This Is Us” to him.
But for that entire year, Alex never stops talking about his night with his hero. And, in turn, I will never stop telling that story. Or, bigger picture: Alex’s story.
For our friends, watching this season’s GOT will be bittersweet without Alex texting us annoying spoilers.
But it will also be a reminder of our friend, who we miss terribly. And for me; not just a reminder of the power of storytelling. But also a reminder of the importance of kindness (for no other reason than being kind) these days.
Our friend, Alex Hanan, is watching TV tonight from above. Spoiling every single reveal for everyone up there, driving everyone nuts.
Thank you, George R. Martin, for making what would turn out to be Alex’s last year.
And thanks to all involved for making his favourite show.”