Here's the pitch:
Brit with shaved head travels from Times Square to the 'Hollywood' sign on $5-a-day, relying on the kindness of strangers, while three-person film crew documents the whole thing. (They get to ride in nice car, stay at comfy hotels, have proper meals - but won't help him.)
He calls it "Amazing Adventures of a Nobody."
Leon Logothetis, documentarian, arrived in Philly Sunday, courtesy of a free train ticket and bus pass he scored in New Jersey after happy adventures with hustlers and preachers and Port Authority grumps.
The kindness left as he crossed the Delaware.
First thing that went wrong was that I fell asleep on the bus and missed the drop off point by 2 miles. So I had to walk through Chinatown and get back to the city center.
After I got to the crew car (where Nick, the director, was watching a movie on the inboard DVD player) I asked a passerby if they knew where I could find a youth hostel. They pointed me in the direction of 2nd Street.
I got to this youth hostel, which was supposed to be the friendliest place in the town. It turned out to be managed by a managed by a rather obnoxious twit. He was extremely condescending to me and as you might guess, he said no.
Condescending? In Philly? This is hard to believe. Really. Rude? Yes.
'Why would anyone let you stay with them for free? Why are you even trying to do this? You are going to fail!' were some of his kinder words....
This attitude we recognize.
I was upset by his rather pathetic attitude so I went back in, gave him the website address and told him to look at it tomorrow and found out that in fact there were nice people in Philadelphia, although he obviously was not one of them! I hope you are reading this Youth Hostel Man!
Message to Youth Hostel Man: Please email us, and let us know if you have anything to add to his story.
The day brightened into a warm and fuzzy tale of the city that loves you back - well, after he's given the bum's rush from another Center City hotel.
Then I saw this guy in his house by a window and he looked nice, so I told him my story and he let me stay with him for the night! Can you believe this? I am writing this from his sitting room. I had $10 left, so I bought him some beer and myself some pizza and drinks.
Turns out the Philly guy, Derek, was a lifelong Eagles fan and so psyched about their destruction of the 49ers that he was in a giving mood.
Read all about it. Yeah, Nobody's got a blog. And a publicist. His website features a promo of the UK version of his travels.
Derek, you wanna talk about it?