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August 02 2012

Nathan Fillion does an impromtu AMA in /r/denver on Reddit! Our Captain apparently was practicing for his AMA in the wrong place...

My favorite part is where he says he'd give his left nut to work with Bruce Campbell.
I was very surprised to hear that Joss' scalp feels like Alexis' butt.
Subreddit confusion happens to the best of us.
@mossome: It is a little scary that you know both of those things well enough to be surprised by the comparison.
It makes a refreshing change to see an actor give answers that aren't handled by the PR machine. His views on fans asking for stuff certainly does provide food for thought.
@Simon I was interested in his response to that too. What I think is interesting is that it really highlights the increasingly blurring lines between fandom and celebrity. Nathan is a celebrity who's also a fan of things; Bloggess strikes me as a fan who's got her own reasons to be a celebrity. I can't say I've followed the situation closely or know a ton about it, but that seems to be the point on which some feelings and assumptions are pivoting, especially as other celebrity-types have taken a much different tack to it than it seems Nathan has.

(And now I'm reminded again of David Boreanaz's recent Hollywood Reporter interview where he and other genre actors discussed the "weird things" fans have asked them to do.)
Man. For just a tiny bit, I thought Nathan came to Denver and I didn't know about it. :sob: Great read!
What's AMA? (I'm assuming in this context it's not the American Medical Association.)
That whole thing with Bloggess and the picture that she wants so badly of Nathan with a ball of twine is weird, and has become annoying and a little creepy. I constantly see tweets and blog and tumblr comments from people asking him for that picture for her; I can only imagine how much he gets it in real life.

It's cool when celebrities play along with super-fans and do the sort of goofy stuff that she's looking for Nathan to do, and the responses she got from people like Matthew Broderick and Wil Wheaton are sweet. But these are professional actors, not trained seals, and for people to still be publicly harassing Nathan for the stupid picture after all these months for something that is really for Bloggess' own personal benefit is obnoxious.
Oh, and what the fruck is with the dozen or so people who keep posting the old picture of him in jean shorts? Is there anyone out there who doesn't have a picture of themselves wearing something from the 80s or 90s? Sheesh. A popular actor makes himself available for interaction with fans worldwide and people welcome him by behaving like jerks? *shakes head*
Here's a link for those who want to find Nathan's response to fans asking for stuff that @Simon references:

Sigh. Please understand. I'm an actor. I act, tell stories, all for a living. My job is not to respond to every demand placed upon me from an audience on the Internet. I don't do those things because I don't feel it's right to ask. I don't ask those things of my gardener, the guy at the car wash, or the kid who bags my groceries. Why ask it of someone because they are an actor? Is that being fair? The argument could be made that its only one request, but then how many people would be unhappy that it wasn't their request I responded to? Not all actors care about things like this, but I do. It's just a product of my experience. The more people push, the meaner it gets, the more uncomfortable it is for me. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. I hope we can all put it in the past with no hard feelings. I don't have any.

Also, this:

Q: What does Joss Whedon's scalp feel like?
A: Like Alexis Denisoff's butt [his spelling]

@Shapenew, AMA stands for "Ask Me Anything" ... though his was quite accidental.
Also, before people start hating on this 'blogess' I think perhaps they should read her entry on the this.

She seems friendly and sensible person. Basically it appears it started as a joke once, she someone asked him about it, he didn't reply.

And because of that non reply her fans gave it a life of its own. I don't know how much she knew of it.

But now its over because he replied as he did. No hard or psycho feelings from her (so don't be afraid of the name of the post :)
And because of that non reply her fans gave it a life of its own. I don't know how much she knew of it.
If you look around, you'll see it was anything but a secret to her. I've no hate, but her statement today is pretty silly, in that it's essentially, "All the famous person had to do was take time out of his schedule to say 'no" to me, the NYT bestselling author." Please.
Hunted,This is actually actually something that she was going on and on about for a while - much more than just "her fans giving it a life of it's own." IMO, her posts got really obnoxious. From her post titled "YOU'RE RUINING NATHAN FILLION FOR ME, NATHAN FILLION":

me: I’M NOT JOKING. THAT’S THE SAD, TERRIBLE TRUTH OF NATHAN FILLION. Then a few weeks ago one of my readers met him and asked why he wouldn’t do it and he said “Oh, I don’t do stuff like that.” And by “stuff like that” I assume he means “Anything awesome that makes people smile“. Which makes me sad for Nater-Tater. And sad for the world.

So even after being told many months ago that he wasn't interested in participating in her joke, she continued an online campaign for the picture. And sadly, plenty of commenters on her blog (including the latest one you posted) keep turning it back on him for not having a sense of humor and for being a "petulant child". The guy goes out of his way to be personally available to his fans in many forums. It's one thing to ask him for something once, but a blogger trying to publicly shame him for not being her own personal beck & call boy is BS.
Wow, reading the comments on that "The Bloggess" page is just about as depressing as reading YouTube comments. Yeesh.
I just felt so bad for him! He posted to the sub-reddit for Denver, which isn't related to the IAMA (I am a "", ask me anything) sub-reddit. It was wackiness! But, I loved reading his responses. He seems like a jovial guy who's just riding the waves of life.

On another note, it's pretty cool that actors/writers/famous people take time from their really busy schedule to do an IAMA. My hats off to Nathan, Joss, and all the others who do so.

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