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Every star in Hollywood has a story about what they had to endure before making it big; From waiters to car salesman, every glamourous celeb has a not so glamorous back story. But, mega-director F. Gary Gray is a bit different. His first gig may not have been fancy, but it was definitely legendary.

HipHollywood caught up with Gray while he was being recognized at the American Black Film Festival Honors event in Beverly Hills and he revealed his first Hollywood job was being a driver … for the legendary Cicely Tyson!

While P.A.-ing for a film titled “Heat Wave”, it was Gary’s responsibility to drive Ms. Tyson around. But, the budding director’s real goal was to learn from the pros. “I would do anything to watch other directors because I didn’t have the money to go to film school,” the Friday director revealed.

In addition to Gray, the ABFF honored Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard and Issa Rae. The show also included a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Love Jones. Check out our interviews from the red carpet in the video below. Also, make sure you catch “BET presents The ABFF Honors” tonight on BET and Centric at 8pm.

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