AP – There’s a great moment in the documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme when Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton director Thomas Kail talk about how people are often disappointed when they see them exiting the theatre. The onlookers are hoping to spot someone famous and Miranda and Kail did not, in 2007, fit the bill.
“There’s a good chance no one will ever know who you are,” Kail said to Miranda, dryly.
Cue the knowing chuckles: Everyone watching this documentary knows exactly who Miranda is. He’s even become a household name.
But this is before Hamilton and In the Heights and the Tonys and the big movies and the worldwide acclaim, when they were just a couple of enthusiastic theatre kids prepping for a show. It’s a fun bit to see, knowing the wild successes that come next for these two. But the purity of the moment is at least a little spoiled by the fact that it is on camera.