Dan Fogelman (pictured), the creator of This Is Us, shared a heartwarming story about George R. R. Martin’s tremendous act of kindness toward his dying friend, Alex Hanan
Dan Fogelman, the creator of This Is Us, shared a heartwarming story on Monday night about
Fogelman revealed in a Twitter thread how he and his best friend, Alex Hanan, met Martin ahead of Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show in New York in 2017.
He wrote that Alex had arrived to the theater ‘super early because he’s excited, and calls me as I’m in a cab heading there’.
Fogelman said Alex was waiting outside the theater when he spotted Martin.
‘He says he’s going to go talk to him. I beg him not to. He hangs up on me,’ Fogelman tweeted.
‘Now, a bit about Alex, he continued. ‘He is larger than life. Handsome and charming as hell, with the best head of hair you’ve ever seen. He’s also obsessed w Game of Thrones like no one you’ve ever known.
‘And he never listens to anyone so I just KNOW he’s going to go accost George R Martin.’
Once Fogelman finally arrives to the theater, he told his pal that he approached Martin, got a pictured and ‘somehow – miraculously – got George R Martin’s cell phone number’.
Martin was with his wife at the time and told Hanan that they usually go for pizza after a show.
Fogelman explains in a series of tweets that he and his friend, Alex, met Martin ahead of Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show in 2017
Once the Springsteen show ended, Alex text Martin despite Fogelman begging him to let it go. ‘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,’ Fogelman wrote
Fogelman said the four ate pizza for about an hour or two and at the end of the meal ‘George gives Alex a Westeros coin’
‘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 favorite show,’ Fogelman added. Alex is pictured with Martin in 2017
‘Alex says to him: “maybe we will join you.” Alex and I chuckle at his chutzpah,’ Fogelman recalled.
Once the Springsteen show ended, Alex texted Martin despite Fogelman begging him to let it go.
‘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,’ Fogelman said.
However, the four ate pizza for about an hour or two and at the end of the meal ‘George gives Alex a Westeros coin’.
‘Alex reacts stronger than is appropriate for a 40-something man. We all part ways. Alex is giddy,’ Fogelman tweeted.
Alex (pictured), who blogged about his illness, passed away in 2018, a year after meeting his hero, George R. R. Martin
In 2018, Fogelman dedicated the This Is Us season three premiere (pictured) to Alex
But what Martin didn’t know that Alex was ‘battling a random case of stage 4 lung cancer,’ Fogelman wrote.
Alex passed away a year later in 2018. That same year, Fogelman dedicated the This Is Us season three premiere to his late best friend.
‘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,’ Fogelman tweeted.
‘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 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 favorite show.’