Dwyane Wade, born two years before the Purple Rain film was released, revealed the other day that his father had him watch it so often during his youth, that he thought it was the only movie ever made.
It was just another instance where one celebrity was asked about the death of a celebrity that he or she hadn't met.
And it raised another question for this reporter:
Is there a celebrity that Wade would want to meet, but hasn't yet?
"That's alive, that I haven't met?" Wade said, pausing. "Not really. Not really."
"No," Wade said. "No, not really."
What about his dead celebrity priority list?
"I mean, my dead list would be a lot longer, way longer, just from what I've heard," Wade said. "But alive? No. When I was young, I wanted to meet Denzel (Washington). But I've never had a big list even when I was young, of people I wanted to meet. Like, all right, I'm fans of people, I respect them, and if I get a chance to meet them, it's cool. But I never like, oh my God, wow I need to meet them."
But is there anyone whose brain he'd want to pick, about staying near the top of a profession, handling the spotlight, or anything else?
"Hmm," Wade said. "It would be someone like (investor) Warren Buffett or someone like that. One of those kind of guys. Dead, I would like to meet Steve Jobs. Sit down and talk to him. Obviously, I've seen the movie, read things about him. But I'd like to be able to talk to him. It would be people like that, I guess, if I could meet anyone."
Wade's friend, LeBron James, has a relationship with Buffett -- as does Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who, like Buffett and Wade's wife Gabrielle Union, was a Nebraska Cornhusker.
So, in the business world?
"Yeah, in the business world," Wade said, laughing. "It'd be smart people. Real smart people. It won't be because someone has like athletic talent or acting talent. It won't be that. It will be someone just to see the genius, more so than anything else. Somebody who is a genius. Just to see how much more of a genius they are than I am."
One other thing:
He was a little young to be watching Purple Rain, wasn't he?
"Probably so," Wade said. "But when you grew up like I did, there ain't no rules like that. Dad gotta put on something."