The premieres for Alice in Wonderland will soon be upon us. Fans will begin to gather at the venues hours before the red carpet is rolled out. The press will arrive, their arms loaded with cameras. Excitement will build as the stars walk the red carpet. Then a roar from the crowd will announce Johnny's presence before he is seen. He will work his way down the lines, signing and greeting as many as possible before finally stopping for a few moments with the press. We've seen this many times before - either standing on the sidelines or in photos and videos from those present.
Johnny has said many times that being so generous and kind to his admirers is the least he can do. He takes time at these events to let us know how much he appreciates our support.
The moments he spends with each person are fleeting. To complicate matters, those waiting are often anxious, nervous or excited. A few shove to get closer. Some shout to him. Most push something forward they want him to sign . Others request that he do something for them. And all this happens while cameras are flashing all around him. It is amazing that he can remain so seemingly calm. That he knows exactly what he is going to face yet still gives his time so freely speaks to his character.
I believe many people react the way they do because it is what is expected at these events. Therefore, I am asking for you to consider an alternative.
Imagine for a moment how it must be to be Johnny - people shouting, cameras flashing, things being pushed at you to sign, chaos surrounding you.
Some of you will be in the crowd for the upcoming premieres. I'm asking you to provide Johnny an oasis amid the chaos. Instead of taking from him, I ask that you give to him. Offer him your smile instead of shouting his name. In lieu of pursuing an autograph, make eye contact and express your support. Forgo the close-up photo - offer him your hand and gratitude for giving so freely of his time. Ask if you can give him a hug instead of asking him for one. With these simple gestures, I have no doubt that the experience will be more pleasant for both you and Johnny. And it will make a difference.
Please feel free to spread the word on our sister fan-sites that you frequent. Together we can make a positive change and, over time, more and more people will join us.