He wanted to be prepared for when his former neighbour and Kammerer Middle School classmate took to the boards to claim her Oscar.
“Oh My God! That’s my girl! She did it! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah,” said the 23-year-old, who has Down syndrome, while bouncing up and down, cheering and pumping his hands in the air.
“She got it! I love you, Jennifer!”
Seeing his childhood buddy get an Oscar was a moment he’d been waiting on for weeks. That’s because he says he and the star are “like best friends” and he’s her “No. 1 fan.”
Earlier that evening, just before 7 pm, Andy Strunk slipped on a black tuxedo, an outfit he’d been preparing for weeks. He wanted to be dressed to the nines, just as if he was attending the Oscars himself, while he watched Jennifer Lawrence walk the red carpet during the celebrity arrivals.
“She looks perfect,” he said about her blush Dior gown.
Then, at 8.30 pm as the awards show was kicking off, Strunk settled himself on a leather sofa and kept his eyes fixated on the television. He didn’t want to miss seeing the “Silver Linings Playbook” actress in the audience.
When the camera swept the crowd and showed the star sitting in her seat, he clapped and roared “Woo! That’s her!”
Strunk’s black-tie outfit wasn’t the only special thing he had planned for that night while cheering on the hometown star. He and his mother, Pollyanna Strunk baked a white cake covered with buttercream frosting, which Strunk dubbed the celebration cake in honour of “Silver Linings Playbook”, they decorated with silver sprinkles.
Jennifer Lawrence’s aunt, Cindy Miller of Louiseville, stopped by the home of Strunk in the afternoon and dropped off a “Silver Linings Playbook” poster autographed by the star.
Strunk said that he’ll be hanging it in his bedroom with the other Jennifer Lawrence memorabilia he’s collected over the years, including movie posters and hundreds of newspaper cuttings and magazine articles.
Jennifer Lawrence has autographed numerous pictures for her childhood friend with personal messages like “Don’t forget about me” and “With all my love”.
“Jennifer Lawrence is my favourite… She’s a nice person. She’s a strong person,” Strunk said and he capped off the evening by eating a slice of the cake he helped bake, sending a text message to Jennifer’s mother, Karen Lawrence.
Once Jennifer got off stage, she called her friend and said: “This was for you buddy!”
But honestly, was this newsworthy? Jennifer Lawrence has a friend, we all have friends, but then numerous people wouldn’t bother to have a friend with a disability and we do treat people differently, and why would you want to be treated like a trophy because of a disability?
And for those wondering, he does exist and they actually are friends and we should have more human beings like that in the world because then the world would be a better place.
And it’s delightful that she’s still best friends with someone she grew up with, which must be rare for a Hollywood A-lister, although instead of just calling him, why didn’t she just acknowledge him on stage?
However, this isn’t something that can be argued as a difference of opinion – this is a human being, plus, I’d rather have this caring man as a best friend and a best friend doesn’t necessarily have the same role for every single person.
A best friend isn’t one exact type of person – a best friend can be whatever you want a best friend to be to you and it’s not the fact that the man is disabled it’s because she grew up with him and she hasn’t forgotten where she came from.