Celebrity Obsessions with Rose Boy and Friends

Uploaded by vice on Jun 17, 2012

HARVII: When people want to think of hobbies, you think of
singing and acting.
You don't think of celebrity.

Or how much you try, or how much you wait, and then when
you meet them you find it so worth it.
And you're just such in a good mood after that.
It's like a really good feeling.
HARVII: I think nearly everyone there is would want
to be friends with at least one celebrity just because of
how famous they are and just knowing them.
BILLIE JD PORTER: This is Harvii.
He became an overnight internet sensation after this
image where he's trying to give actress Megan Fox a rose
went viral.
The story blew up so much that he was even flown to America
to appear on various TV shows.
In this film, I follow Harvii and a few other people we meet
along the way as they push their celebrity obsessions to
the extreme.
BILLIE JD PORTER: So what was it like, the
whole Megan Fox thing?
HARVII: I loved it.
You had, like, paparazzis at the airports and everything.
It was fun.
It was, like, my little sport [INAUDIBLE]
and my little five minutes of fame.
I loved it.
Loved it.
We got saved for, like, another few days because
that's when, like, loads of people were asking for
And we did them.
Then we got sent back.
And then I did a few things in England.
And then it all died down because of Michael Jackson.
And then, like, now it's, like, nothing's happening.
BILLIE JD PORTER: During this interview, Megan gave a warm
and heartfelt apology.
MEGAN FOX (OFFSCREEN): I'm sorry, sweet boy.
I would ever do that to you.
I would gladly accept your rose if I see you again.
The paparazzi will not let you to me and I'm sorry.
And I'm so embarrassed.

BILLIE JD PORTER: Could you name every
celebrity you've ever met?
HARVII: Oh, god.
HARVII: Oh, god.
That would take ages.
Selina Gomez, Black Eyed Peas, Lilly Allen, Bono.
Beyonce, Kesha, Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, Pussy Cat
Dolls, all the Cyrus', High School Musical cast, Demi
Lovato, Aly & AJ--

I honestly can't think now.
I would say I'm happy.
BILLIE JD PORTER: What would make you happier?
HARVII: Being famous.
FEMALE SPEAKER: We just have fun because we're the best.
MALE SPEAKER: I'm here today to audition for Big Brother.
The last one, so I thought I'd give it to go.
And this year is my third year.
And I haven't been onto the rest of the show, so I thought
more chance of getting through.
MALE SPEAKER: I love my job at the moment, [INAUDIBLE].
But I also do want to be a DJ as well.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I can't sing.
I can dance.
I can kick box really well.
I don't really stand out at anything I do, really.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I just want to be famous, have the fame and
fortune and the parties.
MALE SPEAKER: But you know, just would be quite cool, you
you're walking down the street and you have
people recognize you.
MALE SPEAKER: For me, I think I'm really cool and funny.
And I just think it would be an amazing experience to do.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I think, yeah, that we're a bit rambunctious.
FEMALE SPEAKER: No, I'm actually flamboyant.
MALE SPEAKER: Well, I'm going to take
every possible advantage.
I'm going to go to the premiers.
I'm going to try and go to parties.
If I can get myself on TV shows, I'll do them.
FEMALE SPEAKER: You know, everybody these days wants to
have their 15 minutes of fame, or even one minute of fame.
You know, and I think it's the lifestyle that comes with it.
We want to marry Jedward.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, Jedward.
I'm after John.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Edward, holler.

We're going to have a joint marriage with John and Edward.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, John and Edward, the little blondies
from Ireland.
No, they're from Rome.
FEMALE SPEAKER: They're from Ireland, you idiot.
FEMALE SPEAKER: No, they're from Rome.
HARVII: We're in Soho, love it.
Do you know what I can't wait for?
Sex and the City premier.
Me and mum, trying to get tickets.
We're like such big fans of them.
I've met Kim Cattrall.
And I've seen Sarah Jessica Parker.
But Sarah Jessica Parker basically, I saw
her outside the hotel.
I was waiting for her.
And I was like, Sarah, Sarah, please.
And she was like, I'm sorry.
I've got to go in.
And then guess what?
My friend, Sommer, doesn't even like her.
She got a photo in the restaurant.
I was so P'd off.
But Sarah was actually really in a hurry.
She had to, like, get ready and shit.
Then she quickly went into a restaurant for some champagne.
I was like so P'd off because they got a
photo and I love her.
BILLIE JD PORTER: From the first day we spent with
Harvii, him and his cousin, Cassie, took us to a hotel in
Soho where we waited all day for various celebrities.
Slowly, more of his friends began to turn up, all of whom
he had met through a shared love of celeb hunting.
HARVII: I love Two and a Half Men!
She's on Carnation Street.

BILLIE JD PORTER: It didn't seem to matter
who a person was.
As long as they were famous, Harvii wanted a picture.

HARVII: Cassie.
No, I don't remember his name.
I don't remember his name.
I know him.
I just don't remember his name.


Can I see my photo?
HARVII: Cassie, come in.
MALE SPEAKER: How do you take the picture?
HARVII: You see, because of your fun I didn't get one of
him looking in the camera.
Because you think I'm getting one of my--

HARVII: Oh, I've got to the ugliest photo.
CASSIE: It's nice.
HARVII: I go the horriblest photo.
BILLIE JD PORTER: It turned out that Cassie was also a big
fan of Megan Fox.
CASSIE: Well, I've got a lotus flower.
And it's a beautiful flower.
And M.F. is meant to be for Megan Fox.
Because I just love Megan a lot.
And I just thought a tattoo would always
remind me of Megan Fox.
It's just a special thing.
So I don't know.
It's a bit over the top, maybe.
BILLIE JD PORTER: But what do you say when people
ask you about it?
CASSIE: I could make it up if I wanted to, but if I didn't--
BILLIE JD PORTER: Ask what's that M.F. for?
And you're like, Megan Fox.
Then they'd just laugh.
CASSIE: I don't know.
It depends on the person, I guess.

BILLIE JD PORTER: This first portrait is Andrea Corr.
I had that done in '98.
And Iron Maiden, my favorite band.
is my second favorite band.
Anastasia, she's very down to earth, very normal, or seems
to be, comes across that way.
Ozzy, yeah, again, he sees just nuts, a logical choice.
So I've got eight of the cast members of Buffy.
Suzi Quatro, I had the Doris Day one done on my calf.
Dee Snider, Tim Curry as Frank N Furter from Rocky Horror.
Shania Twain, which I'm not sure I'm going to get that one
signed, but maybe one day.

BILLIE JD PORTER: Steve Porter is hoping to break the world
record for signed celebrity tattoos.
We visited him at his home just outside Nottingham.
How much money do you think you've spent on
tattoos over the years?
STEVE PORTER: $3-4,000, I'd have thought.
BILLIE JD PORTER: Is it worth it?
STEVE PORTER: Is anything worth it in the long run?
I might needs to filet a bit more.
BILLIE JD PORTER: No, it's perfect.
STEVE PORTER: Big spoon for you.
BILLIE JD PORTER: What things has this kitchen seen, aye?

I've got their maids.
STEVE PORTER: I've got maids, but I haven't--
I don't mix up much.

Except for the Rocky Horror and Maiden concerts.

Basically, Billy Conway, I've always liked.
Finally we've decided it needs to be done.
He's another one of the gods.
And he's probably one of the best comics ever.
STEVE PORTER: And he's very natural and down to earth.

MARC FAIRBURN: Famous people?
No chance.
MARC FAIRBURN: Why would I want that?
STEVE PORTER: I can put my ass a bit further back.
MARC FAIRBURN: No farting while I work.
STEVE PORTER: That photo there looks like Rob Zombie.
That's all right then?
STEVE PORTER: I always have faith in Marc.

BILLIE JD PORTER: We met Danilo outside a theater in
Soho as he waited for hours in this snow, hoping to catch a
glimpse of one of his favorite celebrities.

BILLIE JD PORTER: We joined Danilo at to his London home
as he prepared a gift for his favorite Spice Girl, Melanie

BILLIE JD PORTER: What do you think about people who dress
like the celebrities they admire?
HARVII: I love it.
I think it's great.
I love people who do it.
Because it kind of shows that they're a big fan.
SAM ROBINSON: I got my name changed from Sam Robinson to
Sam La Roux Robinson.
I'm 18 and I work for Tony & Guy in Hall Hempstead.
I got that on, I think it was my 18th birthday or a couple
of days after.
And then I got the other one.
Well, I got that one, which is the cameo that she wears.
And a couple of months after, then I got
that one of La Roux.
She's a really big inspiration.
Like, to me, she kind of made me come out of
myself a bit more.
It's like, I'm more confident now that I've met her.
Well, not met her, but her music.
I brought back five them.
La Roux mug still in the--
Just got that for Christmas.
It's like, awesome.
If I was going out and like, really want to kind of look
like La Roux, I'd kind of wear a pair of these with that and
maybe a t-shirt that I've got of David Bowie.
And I'd wear that.
I've got this shirt, like, tucked in.
If I wear my hair, because my hair's really curly.
If I just wear it curl, I'll still get a
lot of La Roux comments.
And it's just like, I don't even look like her today.
Yeah, that was on or around the first July.
That's a t-shirt I made as well.
I just made it off Vistaprint.
I just got a picture.
I just made it.

It's the end of the month.
I can't afford to.
SAM ROBINSON: Marlboro Ultra Lights.
SAM ROBINSON: They're expensive.
NIKOLA ROBINSON: Well, I definitely encourage Sam.
Him and his brother, I've just brought them up to just to be
If he wants to wear something really outrageous and go out
in full makeup with a 10-foot quiff then that's up to him.
If he wants to get La Roux tattooed on
him, then so be it.
I wouldn't ever not encourage him.
No, Sam's my best friend.
We do everything together.
And I'm a lot closer than, not closer, but he's very
different to my older son who just doesn't need me and moved
out of home when he was 16.
And it's a very different relationship.
But yeah, he's my best friend.

SAM ROBINSON: My dad lives in Hatfield, which is quite far
away from where, like, we live.
Don't talk to him at all.
He totally cut me out of his life when I
told him I was gay.
And just said some horrible stuff to me.
So I was just like, no.
I think I've always been like that, just fuck you.
I'm going to look like this.
And I'm going to look the way I like.
And it just kind of, you know, it did kind of
spiral out of control.
But it's still under control if you know what I mean.
DANILO FIORIN: I'm back here tonight to deliver of my
painting for Melanie C. Let's see if we are lucky.

MELANIE C.: Oh, my goodness.
Look at that.
That's for me?
DANILO FIORIN: That's for you.
Thank you so much.
DANILO FIORIN: Just like my tattoo.
Remember me?
DANILO FIORIN: And I wrote a letter for you as well.
MELANIE C.: Thank you very much.
MELANIE C.: Well, I'll put this safe into the car.
MELANIE C.: There you go.
Really, no problem.
MELANIE C.: There you go.
BILLIE JD PORTER: Melanie, what do you
think of Danilo's painting?
MELANIE C.: It's brilliant.
It's so nice.
You know, we get given lots of gifts.
But when something's being made by my somebody it's
always extra special.

MELANIE C.: I think it's a bit crazy.
But I think all tattoos are crazy when people get them.
DANILO FIORIN: But I have the cross the same as you.
MELANIE C.: Do you?
MELANIE C.: All right,guys.
So good to see you all.
Take care.
DANILO FIORIN: Thank you, ma'am.
MALE SPEAKER: Take care, Melanie.
DANILO FIORIN: She's so lovely every time.
BILLIE JD PORTER: How do you feel?
DANILO FIORIN: I'm shaking.
I'm really, really, really happy.
I think she did like my painting.
Let's see if she answers my letter.
I don't know.
I don't know how to start actually but I'll try to skip
the silly words, OK.
Well, you have been the inspiration of my life.
Well, you with the other girls, Emma,
Victoria, Mel B., and Geri.
As I have been lucky of meeting you a few times
already, I put all my trust on you as you
are my Northern star.
You know me because of my Viva Forever tattoos.
Remember, you signed it?
And I have tattooed it on me.
You saw it.
So I have the others Spice Girls tattoo it as well.
And I have been trying hardly to meet them.
So I can get my autographs tattooed then so I can finish
this tattoo thing and finally be able to say I have done the
dream of my life, meet the Spice Girls.
I know you have a busy life, but it would mean the world to
me if I can get this help from you.
I leave here my email address, mobile, just in case.
You know when my dream should come true.
Love you, kisses.

STEVE PORTER: Well, basically I've just come down from Knox
again to get a tattoo which was done on Saturday of Billy
Conway signed.
With a bit of luck, it's seems he's just been playing at
And it's been a long day trying to get it sorted.
BILLIE JD PORTER: Although we weren't able to film the
encounter, Steve was successful in getting the
tattoo signed.
STEVE PORTER: He loved it.
He loved it showing all the management and everything.
So it seemed to go really, really well.
Well worth the trip.

It's them authenticating it.
Saying that, yeah, I like the tattoo.
So I like it.
So I'll sign it.
And that's what it's all about.
If they don't like it, they don't sign it.
Simple as that.
STEVE PORTER: So originally I was going to try and do Remi,
and Billy Conway took over.
So yeah.
I believe Remi will be the next one if he finds
somewhere for him.
I know what Sarah Jessica Parker's car is, actually.
It's BBM.

I chased her down Paul Street two years ago.
HARVII: Sarah Jessica Parker's on.
How do we get in?
Are you serious?


HARVII: Hello, Maria.
Have you met them?
MARIA (OFFSCREEN): A while ago.
HARVII: Did you get photos?
We're at the premier.
I've got the Empire.
I can't meet then.

Because I'm at the Empire, not the Odeon.
I can't go down the red carpet.
I just saw Kim Cattrall.
I can't get in.

BILLIE JD PORTER: Harvii seemed very distressed at
being unable to meet the cast.
So we tried to cheer him up with some ice cream.

HARVII: Well, at this moment in time, yes.
Because I know I'll get upset.
Because they'll be done, she'll run off and just say

Melanie and Tamara, I'm not going to meet you.
Of course, I'll try.
But I won't get anywhere near them.
I think I've just ruined everything.
BILLIE JD PORTER: Later that evening, we found out where
the cast was staying.
But when we invited Harvii to come with us, he declined.


MALE SPEAKER: Everyone, just relax.
MALE SPEAKER: All right.
You've got it now.
Guys, you got it!
You got it!
BILLIE JD PORTER: What makes you so happy about getting
photos of somebody you don't know?
HARVII: I honestly do not know.
It's just, like a feeling.
BILLIE JD PORTER: Could you describe the feeling?
HARVII: It's a good one.
It's like a tingly kind of thing.
It just, like, makes you, how could you say it, like, more
alive or something like that.
And it's fun doing at the end of the day.
And I don't want to be doing it until my 30s and 40s like
still people do now as a fan.
I don't think it will go away.
I just think I will want to give it up.

BILLIE JD PORTER: So what do you do then?
MALE SPEAKER: I'm a painter/decorator.
MALE SPEAKER: And when did this hobby start?
MALE SPEAKER: When did it first start with you?
I think it was--
MALE SPEAKER: A few years ago.
MALE SPEAKER: Started up with me imagining
a theatre in Epsom.
And it sort of escalated from there.
And once you meet one--
MALE SPEAKER: It just goes on and on.
BILLIE JD PORTER: Who have you met?
MALE SPEAKER: Mickey Mantle.
MALE SPEAKER: Patrick Swayze, Colleen Fowler, the Fonz from
Happy Days.
There's loads of them.
MALE SPEAKER: Corey Feldman from Lost Boys.
Anthony Stewart Head from Buffy.
MALE SPEAKER: Freddy Krueger, Little Britain, Simon Cowell,
Tony Blair, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gordon Ramsey.