MISS CONGENIALITY star Benjamin Bratt is hoping he'll one day get his
screen hero Karl Malden's autograph, after being snubbed by the actor -
Bratt admits he's still scarred by his first meeting with Malden, when the
screen veteran was filming his classic TV series THE STREETS OF SAN
He says, "People ask me all the time, `Why do you continually play cops?'
Recently I (dug) into my deep subconscious and I realised as a kid I suffered
some trauma at the hands of one of my TV cop heroes - Karl Malden! He was the
"I was about 10-years-old and they were shooting on location at a house in
my neighbourhood, and for about three hours me and a bunch of kids waited
outside for Karl Malden and Michael Douglas to come out. Finally he emerged and
we all gathered
around him. I ran up to him and I said, 'Mr Malden! Can I have your autograph
please?' (He said), 'Sure kid.' He got into his (car) and drove right off!
"So maybe about five years ago, I ran into an old-time make-up artist who
I told the story to and he said, 'That's funny, that doesn't sound like
"About a year ago I ran into him again. And he said, 'I got a funny story
for you. I actually ran into Karl Malden and I told him that story that you
told ' I said, 'Oh yeah? What did he say? Did he have an autograph for me?' He
goes, 'No, who
the f*** is Benjamin Bratt?' Mr Malden I still admire you!"