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April 01 2006

A video conversation with Nathan Fillion at tribune star chat. He chats about Slither, Firefly, Serentiy, and White Noise 2. Just a side note; he's wearing a Kane t-shirt. That's just too cool.

Great interview. I know this is fan girl gushing, but he so deserves to be a huge movie star.
"Here's what I want. I want a trilogy. I want Mal to die at the end of the third film, so nobody else gets to play him. He dies with me." - Nathan Fillion


Here's what I want. I want a trilogy. Of movies. Full length. On the silver screen. Bigger than life. Fillion and all the stars of the original series give it their all, make a lot of money, and we all have a damned good time. I want at the end of the third film someone to go, "y'know what? This Serenity thing would make a great tv series!" I want Nathan to go on and make more excellent movies playing all kindsa characters. I want other people to play the roles in the new Firefly series and the whole thing gets rebooted, and it is more successful than diamonds. That's what I want.

It's the story that matters. Actors are expendable. Firefly should die ...with Joss Whedon's Estate. Just like Sherlock Holmes will die with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Estate.

...

The Changeling, starring George C. Scott. I gotta check that out.
Zachsmind, you didn't really take Nathan seriously. Did you? I heard it as totally tongue in cheek.
I've heard Nathan make that comment before with a specific comparison to James Bond, that he doesn't want anyone else playing Mal the way they change Bonds. I agree that Nathan was joking, but this brings up something that bothered me about the interview: the interviewer didn't seem to pick up on that or any other humor -- like when he just said "Oh" when Nathan deadpanned that James Gunn was "OK" as a first-time director.

The interviewer (who once again said "JOSH Whedon," ffs!) was also rushing through his questions, like he was not that interested and just trying to meet a schedule (and who knows, maybe he did have other interviews to do). The results of this seems totally different than the interview from JoBlo linked earlier, where they obviously were excited to talk to Nathan and took some time to establish "the Canadian connection" with him before they started the interview. I wonder how actors keep their energy and patience up when they have to deal with interviewers who range from bored to excited?
I was just about to vomit when I read he was wearing a 'Kane' shirt.

Then I remembered there are two bands called 'Kane'.
Surely its Kane from the Command and Conquer games ;)
Well he was obviously joking but there's a nugget of truth to it. All actors like to believe when they portray a role that they embody it, and no one can outdo them. Perhaps they're right. No other man could perform Malcolm Reynolds the way Nathan Fillion did. I could understand the bravado as just his spitballing. Still, he's an actor.

Ed Asner probably believes himself to be the only person who could portray Lou Grant, but he's not. Granted, I doubt anyone else could be as successful in the role as he was. How many actors can say they portrayed the same role in TWO very successful television series? The man's a legend. Still. It's just a role. Frankly I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't made "The Mary Tyler Moore Show the Movie." They've remade every other tv show in the past fifty years.

However, since before the days of Euripides, plays have been written down and actors have performed them. Some of the works by those playwrights have survived for posterity. Some of them haven't. They don't have a seance or bring the original actors back from the dead every time someone wants to produce a theatrical exhibition of Trojan Women. Even authors are not immune. Jean-Paul Sartre rewrote Euripides' Trojan Women for more contemporary audiences.

My point is you don't have to wait for an empire to be overthrown or even a generation of time to pass. The storytelling is the important thing.
Nathan's wearing an Orson Welles shirt?

(Yeah. That sucks. But it amused me.)

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