Gary from Chicago was living what most people only dream about on Sunday night, when Jimmy Kimmel gave him a surprise appearance at the Oscars, where he was able to take a selfie with Mahershala Ali and even participate in an impromptu marriage ceremony with Denzel Washington!
Kimmel brought out a whole group of unsuspecting tourists from a Hollywood bus tour into the Dolby Theater for a front row ticket to the star-studded event. The audience instantly fell in love with Gary and his fiancée Vickie (and their desire to document every single second of the show).
Gary even got some sweet offers from the appearance:
Gary from Chicago! We've got you covered if you want to come to a game! #Oscars
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 27, 2017
— Gino's East (@ginoseast) February 27, 2017
Unfortunately, it turns out that our beloved Gary just got out of a California prison last week, after serving 20 years for multiple felonies… One of those felonies include “attempted rape by force or fear,” for which the 59-year-old is a registered sex offender, according to Daily Mail.
Gary tells ABC7 that he found his bride-to-be Vickie and religion while serving time all these years:
“Change is possible. It’s a sad day to be in prison for 20 years and not be able to be a dad, granddad to your children. You know what my son told me today, man, and I almost come to tears. He said he’s proud of me. So to hear your children say that they’re proud of me means the world to me.”
We didn’t see that one coming! #Socialites, what are your #thoughts?