Even the celebrities are starstruck

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LOS ANGELES — Celebrities are just like the rest of us when it comes to meeting and greeting famous folks: They’re star-struck.

Steve Carell of ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine,’’ making his way along a jam-packed red carpet at Sunday’s Oscars, suddenly found himself next to a tongue-tied Leonardo DiCaprio. ‘‘Leo said, ‘Hey buddy,’ and he’s about the most suave person I know,’’ Carell said. ‘‘I’m going to text message him later.’’ ...

Jackie Earle Haley, a supporting actor nominee for ‘‘Little Children,’’ kept craning his neck.

‘‘One guy I haven’t seen in about 25 years is Tom Cruise. I’d like to say hi to Tom,’’ said Haley, a child star in such 1970s hits as ‘‘The Bad News Bears’’ and ‘‘Breaking Away’’ before he faded from view, then launched a remarkable comeback last year in ‘‘Little Children.’’

‘‘I feel like the entire industry is embracing me,’’ said Haley, who not that long ago was delivering pizzas. ‘‘If you’ve been where I’ve been that kind of embrace carries a deeper meaning.’’

Not that it makes it any easier to handle Oscar night, said Carrell, a journeyman actor until his breakthrough in 2005’s ‘‘The 40 Year Old Virgin.’’

‘‘You can’t eat at the parties because you’re way too nervous and I’m afraid that something will get stuck in my teeth,’’ he said.


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