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Comic-Con 2010: Comic-Con Reloaded

batman_maskAs reported by Chauncey Telese, Wes Campbell, Katie Maruyama, Bryan Dubar, and Christina Harrison

It’s that time of year again. A time where A-list celebrities invade San Diego for three days, a time where studios shell out tons of money to advertise upcoming films and TV shows, a time where grown men (and women actually) dress up as everything from storm troopers to Sailor Moon, to even Doug and Patty from Nickelodeon’s “Doug” and no one bats an eye.

I am of course talking about the 2010 San Diego ComicCon. This was my second time going and over the course of two days, I learned about what’s to come on season 5 of “Dexter,” how “The Green Hornet” will look in 3D, and more importantly that Eva Mendes likes 16-year-old boys and thinks Will Ferrell is the hottest piece of ass in Hollywood.


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I spent two days with my friends Wes Campbell, Bryan Dubar, Katie Maruyama, and Christina Harrison. These are our stories (cue “Law and Order” chung-chung sound).

Before I begin, I would like to say that if you’re going to be walking around a very busy convention center I highly recommend wearing Sketchers Shape-Ups SRRs, they are like walking on air and will make your calf muscles look amazing and if you’re going to take pictures, I highly recommend the Canon Rebel x251 camera. Now let’s get to the good stuff.

aladdin_and_jasmineOur day was to begin at 10:00 a.m. in Hall H with Will Ferrell’s upcoming animated film “Megamind” and then immediately after we would be treated to “Tron: Legacy” where I’m told they showed off eight minutes of glorious 3D footage. I say told because by the time we got there the line for Hall H was wrapped around three blocks so common sense would dictate that Hall H was basically off limits for the day. We all let out a collective sigh (I can’t print what we were really thinking, this is a news website after all), so we walked around the exhibit hall until we could come up with a plan. While we were checking out the different vendors Wes, Katie, and I ran into Teenage Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman (Wes and I met him last year as well), and he graciously signed everything we threw in front of him.

After that the five of us reconvened and decided to get lunch (and some margaritas, so what if it was like 11:30, don’t judge us) and the girls wanted to go back to the motel and sleep (party poopers) and when Wes and Bryan decided that there was no way we’d get to see “The Expendables” panel they left too. That left me to have to cover what I could by myself and we’d meet up for dinner later.

I decided to try and go upstairs to Ballroom 20 and see if there was any way I could get in to see “Dexter” later that evening. I was in luck, the room was actually not crowded, and the only catch was I’d have to sit through USA’s trifecta of “Burn Notice”, “White Collar”, and “Psych”. I have to admit that while I knew absolutely nothing about these shows, their panels were quite entertaining. For instance, “Burn Notice” star and geek icon Bruce Campbell (“Army of Darkness”) was laugh out loud funny. He was hit on by several women and jokingly gave series creator Matt Nix and a USA executive money for announcing that he’d get his own prequel movie next year.

After “Burn Notice” finished, “White Collar” immediately followed. Actor Sharif Atkins full on cartwheeled onto the stage, then was joined by co-stars Tiffani Thiessen (of “Saved by the Bell” fame), Tim McKay, Marsha Thomason, Matt Bomer, and series creator Jeff Eastin. The panel was moderated by Willie Garson who is also a writer and actor on the show. Matt Bomer cracked me up as he demonstrated his Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation, and his ritual with McKay during morning shoots (they sing “There’s nothing like waking up with motherf@#$%*% Folgers in your cup”). Jeff Eastin discussed how he loved how this show was getting more and more topical with the current economic conditions. This panel was live and bubbly but mostly sizzle, no steak. Then again I know nothing about this show. After they concluded we were shown a blooper reel.

Before “Psych” began with a video about them going to ComicCon and then out of nowhere Tears for Fears singer Curt Smith (he’s in the upcoming season) played an acoustic version of “Shout” then “Psych” stars James Roday and Dule Hill joined him and moderated the words to fit ComicCon. The rest of the cast including Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, and Kirsten Nelson then joined them. Their panel was the most fun as the world learned that Nelson and Roday were dating, Corbin Bernsen’s biggest acting tip was to go commando when on set, and that writing the show and seeing it is unique for series creator Steve Franks because they write it in Venice Beach but it is filmed in Canada and he often doesn’t see it until it airs on TV. That did it for USA’s panels and while they didn’t convince me to watch their shows they made me laugh for three hours so I wish them well.

Now on to Thursday’s main event, Showtime’s panels featuring “Weeds”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Californication”, and “Dexter”.

tom_kapinos_david_duchovnyThe first panel featured the above shows but in the capacity that they were focusing on the anti-hero aspect of the main characters. Representing “Californication” were creator Tom Kapinos and star David Duchovny who looked like he just woke up. Representing “Nurse Jackie” were actor Paul Schulze and writer Linda Wallen. “Weeds” was represented by star Mary Louise-Parker (who looked way too uncomfortable) and writer Victoria Burroughs, and representing “Dexter” were show runner/producer Chip Johansson and Dexter Morgan himself, Michael C. Hall. The panel was moderated by KROQ’s Ralph Garmen (he would also moderate “Dexter’s” panel immediately after). Before questions were asked we were treated to the trailers for Season 4 of “Californication,” Season 6 of “Weeds,” a montage from “Nurse Jackie’s” second season, and a montage of “Dexter’s” fourth season. Here are the highlights.

Q: For Michael C. Hall. Do you agree with Dexter’s behavior?

MCH: Well, only in traffic. But seriously, I think the reason why the show is popular is that Dexter gets to kill people that we’d all like to. So for the sake of the show, yes I do.  

Q: For David Duchovny. Can you explain the evolution of Hank Moody?

DD: Well, I think throughout the course of the show Hank is often times at fault whether it’s how he f----- everything that moves and what not, but as time goes on he manages to be the voice of reason on occasion.  

Q: For Victoria Burroughs. Do you look at news footage of marijuana busts or follow the current California marijuana laws at all when looking for material?

VB: Absolutely. Whenever the police take down a grow house we follow the story and see how the police handled it, how much they found, etc.  

Q: For Linda Wallen. How do you balance the heavy drama with comedy on “Nurse Jackie”?

LW: We do a lot of interacting with actual nurses and film at an actual hospital. They all tell us the same thing, that because they deal with some horrible aspects of life on a daily basis they have to be lighthearted because that’s the only way to survive. For instance, when Jackie and Thor put the EKG tablets on their shoes and tap dance. The nurses really did this and when I heard it I knew that we had to put it in there. By the way it is so cool to be up here. I feel like we’re the new kid and it is such an honor to be up here with all of these hit shows.  

Q: For Tom. How real are the sexual exploits of Hank Moody? Do they come from actual experience?  

TK: Well, we employ a lot of writers in their twenties and they are single so they always come back with stories. As far as my experience goes I just write what I would’ve liked have happened to me. I wish I could’ve lived like Hank Moody.  

Q: For David. How did you get involved with this show and how did all of the Warren Zevon references come about?

DD: Tom do you want to tell this, I mean you know the story better then I do.

TK: Well Californication started out as a screenplay that was (expletive) horrible, but I realized that there was enough good stuff in it to maybe turn it into a TV show. I loved that it was really like the ’70s anti-hero comedies that Warren Beatty was doing. The idea was that where would the Warren Beatty kind of guy be in our politically correct society. I thought about David for the part and we met up for lunch and it did not go well, or at least I think it didn’t go well.

DD: Yeah, I mean I wasn’t looking to do television again but I read the pilot script and I sent Tom a letter a week later saying “I can’t get this out of my head, (expletive) you”. By the way, when I say (expletive) you it means that I’m usually going to do something. And about the Warren Zevon thing we never really meant it to be a big thing, I was never a fan, then I heard some songs that they were going to use and they just fit. His songs really reflected what we were trying to do.

TK: Yeah, David turned me onto him and the songs really help set the tone of the show.  

Q: This is for Mary Louise-Parker: What is your favorite nude scene that you’ve done?

MLP: Wow, well, I have done a lot. Does that sound bad? I think that sounds bad, well I’ve always been comfortable with it and really they all have their moments. I don’t know I never really thought about it.  

Q: For Victoria Burroughs: Is there an endgame to “Weeds?”

VB: No absolutely not, we have proven that we are not afraid to change the show, like in Season 3 when we burnt down Agrestic.  

Q: For Mary Louise-Parker: How do you deal with Nancy going on a downward spiral?

mary_louise_parkerMLP: Well I always thought that Nancy was on a downward spiral. That’s sort of the theme of the show. I think that she may be a better mom or at least talk about it for a day and maybe getting around to it.  

Q: For Michael C. Hall: After last season’s finale how does Dexter move on from Rita’s death? MCH: Well, as Victoria said we were willing to burn down a town or in our case have Dexter’s wife be murdered and it is a game changer and I’ve been very impressed with how we’ve been able to show Dexter coping with this loss in his own way.  

Q: For David and or Michael: What’s the difference between doing film and television?

DD: Is that for me or Michael? MCH: Let’s try it one word at a time.

DD: Okay. It

MCH: Is

DD: Pretty much

MCH: The

DD: Same

MCH: Thing

DD: Thanks for rehearsing with me earlier, Michael.  

Q: For Tom: What kinds of guest stars will you have this season?

TK: We have Rob Lowe play a crazy drugged-out movie star, Carla Gugino plays Hank’s attorney, which should really present some complications for Hank, and we have Tommy Lee playing himself and that was a lot of fun.  

Q: For Linda Wallen: How did “Nurse Jackie” come about? Was it a desire to comment on health care?

LW: Well originally it was much darker then we had intended it to be and we asked Edie Falco to do it and she wasn’t interested. Showtime passed us over in favor of “Californication” actually, which, hey no hard feelings. Then we retooled it and worked with actual nurses who do a majority of our commentary on the state of health care. After we made it funnier and more real, Edie was on board and here we are.  

The panel ends and there is a 15-minute break before “Dexter’s” solo panel. “Weeds” premieres Monday August 16, “Californication” premieres January 10, “Nurse Jackie” premieres some time in March, and “Dexter” premieres September 26, all on Showtime. Ralph Garmen walks out again and talks about his love for “Dexter” and how last season’s ending has him really looking forward to this season’s premiere. He introduces new producers Chip Johansson (“24”), and Manny Coto (“24”), along with longtime producer Sara Colleton. Then cast members James Remar (“Harry Morgan”), Jennifer Carpenter (“Debra Morgan” and in real life married to Michael C. Hall), and once again Dexter himself Michael C. Hall. We were shown the premiere of season five’s trailer which shows Dexter as a suspect in his wife’s murder (if I spoiled last season for you I’m sorry), how his stepdaughter Aster is bitter towards him, Debra has to step up as an aunt, and how Dexter is starting to feel grief and having a difficult time balancing being a single father, a blood splatter analyst, and of course, a serial killer. Here are the highlights of the panel.

Q: For Michael. How has it been to step back into the role of Dexter?

Michael_C._HALLMCH: Well, we’ve been doing this show for five years now, and it becomes like muscle memory. It gets easier and easier to just slip back into it.

Q: For the whole panel. How hard was it for you to lose Julie Benz last season? Was it planned all along to kill Rita?

MCH: It was difficult and heartbreaking. We loved Julie and she has a show she’s promoting here actually so we wish her well. Her last day was the last scene of the Season 4’s finale so it was extra difficult.

JC: Yeah, I had no clue what was going to happen because they made alternate endings so that it wouldn’t leak. I was sad to see her go, she was a wonderful person and we’ll miss her.

SC: We started to see how the season was developing and realized that this was the direction to go. We loved how the relationship between Dexter and Trinity was developing and in the end we wanted to give Dexter something he has never dealt with before in guilt and grief.  

Q: For Chip and Manny: How has it been to be the new guys on an already successful show.

CJ: It was a major challenge, we came from “24” and while that was a wonderful experience we saw this show especially with how well last season was and saw it as an opportunity to carry on the momentum.

MC: Yeah the one thing that was easier was that unlike “24” it’s not in real time so we are allowed to have a jump in time as opposed to dealing with a character’s issue right then and there. On “Dexter” we have the luxury of time.  

Q: For Jennifer. Do you find yourself swearing as much as Debra in your daily life?

JC: Yes, she and I speak almost the same, even if I don’t want to.  

Q: For Jennifer. How much does Debra step up as an aunt?

JC: She definitely has to but she’s not great at it. I haven’t dropped the baby yet. On camera anyway.  

Q: For the cast. First of all, congratulations to Michael on kicking cancer’s ass. What was it like working with John Lithgow last season?

MCH: It was an incredible experience, John is a true marvel. He wasn’t sure how his character would go over at first and I didn’t know how I could do with him. It ended up being the best experience of my career. He was magnificent.

JC: My favorite was Keith Carradine. He was amazing and I was sad when we killed him off.

SC: Definitely Lithgow, he brought such a dimension to the Trinity character.

MCH: When we were doing the Thanksgiving scene where he calls his wife the c word and when the camera stopped rolling we both started laughing because that was so out of character for John and it was so funny for him to get that angry.  

Q: For Sara Colleton. Do you follow the books at all? Also will Rita show up as part of Dexter’s subconscious?

SC: We do our best not to because we want our ideas to come organically. Although, in season one we did use the first book as a guide because season one was all about establishing the groundwork and foundation of “Dexter.” After that we wanted to see where we’d take everyone in the “Dexter” universe. And regarding Rita, no.  

Q: For James. Over the years you’ve had a diverse career how do you keep yourself challenged.

JR: Well, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to do this for so many years and when I hit a wall I focus on things about myself that I don’t like. Sometimes, I will focus on my thumbs or something and that gets me through a scene I’m having trouble with.  

Q: For Michael and Jennifer. What do you do when you hit a wall?

MCH: I just try to take a breath and get through the scene maybe try it different ways.

JC: I do something similar I just relax. Last season when I’m in the room with Courtney Ford and she confesses to me that she killed Frank and then kills herself. I was lucky Courtney and I were able to do it in a few takes because that was rough for me.  

Q: For Michael. Does Dexter’s code evolve or does he abandon it?

MCH: Well, in the pilot Dexter says that he is incapable of human emotion and we find out that maybe we can’t take him at his word anymore. If he didn’t have the code, it would be chaos, so he has to figure out how to continue to adapt it.  

Q: For Jennifer. How will Debra deal with the realization when she eventually finds out about her stepbrother?

JC: She won’t handle it well I’m sure. This season we do see that she does feel that she and her Dexter now have something in common because they both lost the loves of their life and she thinks that now they can bond and she can have the brother she’s always wanted. She does know something is up but hasn’t quite pieced the puzzle together just yet. She begins to believe that their father’s legacy takes part in both of them. Dexter gets the emotionless meticulous nature that Harry had and Deb bleeds blue and is the master detective that he was.  

Q: For the producers. What can we look forward to in terms of guest stars?

CJ: We have Julia Styles on this season and she plays a new woman in Dexter’s life. We have Johnny Lee Miller who we’re excited for and Peter Weller. By the way it was hilarious that on “The Soup,” Julia was a guest and it was on during the season finale and she came out totally shocked about the death of Rita. So please watch.  

That concluded the Dexter panel and day one of ComicCon. The next day would focus on several upcoming movies. When we got to check in the next day we made sure that we actually get into Hall H this time because the Sony Pictures had a panel that featured three major features set to come out: “Priest” starring Paul Bettany and “True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer, “The Other Guys” starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, and Eva Mendes, then “The Green Hornet” starring Seth Rogen and Christoph Waltz. When we got to Hall H there was no line, which was shocking because the first panel on was a movie called “Super” starring “The Office’s” Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon (not present), and Liv Tyler. We missed half the panel because we got in late but we did learn that Rainn ran a business called Man with a Van which was a moving company, that he was running a theater company in Oregon and he almost quit acting. He was asked how he was able to follow his dream and said that “While this sounds mystical, it’s really simple, I just listened to the way the universe was speaking to me. I kept getting some work here and there then one day I knew that this was something that I could keep doing. I implore that whatever dream you try to follow, don’t do it thinking you’ll be successful, just try and be self-aware. Ellen Page kept saying that she has been so grateful and so lucky to be in the position that she is in at such a young age. When asked about the film she said that she was bummed that while most of her scenes were with Rainn (including an intimate scene which was awkward for both) she wished she could’ve worked with Liv and Kevin more. When asked about doing her own stunts she said that “The footage speaks for itself and you’re welcome”. Also Liv talked about how difficult it was to be a junkie. The “Super” panel ended with Rainn joke-fighting co-star Nathan Fillion (of ABC’s “Castle”) and then before Sony would go on, we were treated to “Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” director Guillermo Del Toro was present along with director Troy Nixey to show off footage of their horror film “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark,” which is a remake of a 1973 horror film. The film is about an old mansion that is built on top of a passageway to the underworld and these creatures will steal children, eat their teeth, and morph into said children. We were shown the teaser trailer as well as the first five minutes of the film. Guillermo Del Toro took over the majority of the panel, here are the highlights.

guiellrmo_del_toro_terry_nixGuillermo Del Toro: That footage scared the s**t out of me. Anyone else s**t their pants? That footage was a mother (expletive), huh? Sorry kids out there. You know what, that’s today’s word on Sesame Street is mother (expletive). Anyway, let’s get to the questions.  

Q: For Guillermo Del Toro. What do you think of horror remakes?

GDT : I am not adverse to them as long as the people behind it have a new or creative way to tell the story. For the most part studios only remake horror films to make money and try to make the film more audience-friendly. I am proud to say that I’ve made a film with some balls. Some big sweaty disgusting balls.  

Q: For Guillermo Del Toro. What inspired you to remake this film?

GDT: I loved the TV movie when I was a kid, in fact, I loved to watch “Trilogy of Terror” and other horror shows as a kid. I’m hoping that these types of shows make it back to television and that might happen if AMC’s “The Walking Dead” succeeds.  

Q: For Guillermo Del Toro. What future projects do you have coming?

GDT: I am doing a movie based on Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion.” I love the mythology of the ride and it was my favorite thing at Disneyland. I am excited to do this plus I have a horror project I am directing that I can’t discuss quite yet because of some contractual issues.  

Q: For Guillermo Del Toro. What happened with “The Hobbit”?

GDT: All I can say is that I worked on it for two years down in New Zealand and we came up with some designs that stayed both faithful to Peter Jackson’s work while also bringing something entirely new to the table. Things didn’t pan out and all I can say is I wish the project well and I hope that Peter Jackson directs it.  

The panel would end after other questions (none compelling) and Guillermo also mentioned that you can reach him with his public email address abe_sapien@hotmail.com and send him a short film or art and he will look at it. Also, he mentioned if you were to run into him at ComicCon he’d gladly accept your art.  

Next up would be Sony Pictures Panel featuring “Priest,” “The Other Guys,” and “The Green Hornet.” “Priest” would go on first. “Priest” is an adaptation of a Korean comic book series by Min-Woo Hyung. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are at war with vampires. Unlike “Twilight” or “True Blood,” these vampires are more like animals. For instance, they don’t have eyes and basically look kind of like Gollem from “Lord of the Rings.” Our panel included director and long-time visual affects artist Scott Stewart, “Priest” himself Paul Bettany, actress Maggie Q,  Karl Urban (“Star Trek,” “Doom”), Stephen Moyer (Bill on “True Blood”) and “Twilight’s” Cam Gigandet. We were shown the teaser (in 3D), then an animated prequel to the film by Afro Samurai artist Arthur Smith. Both the teaser and animated prequel look absolutely violent and amazing. The film comes out in May. Here are the highlights of that panel.

Q: For Scott Stewart. Why did you choose to make the vampires look the way they do?

SS: I loved the way they look in the books and typically we’re used to vampires from “Twilight” or “True Blood.” I see vampires as more primal creatures. We watched a lot of nature documentaries such as “Planet Earth” and stuff like that where they show how cave-dwelling creatures evolved without eyes.  

Q: For Paul Bettany and Maggie Q. How was the training for the film?

PB: It was awfully hard work, I got into the greatest shape of my life and unless I’m paid a lot of money, I’m not the type of person who will maintain it.

MQ: I’m used to a lot of martial arts training but for this film I had to learn Tamil fighting (editor’s note I think that’s the name I looked on wikipedia and it checks out), which is a type of rope fighting that takes two years to learn just to get to a pedestrian level.

SS: When you see Maggie using the rope it’s really her and it is impressive.  

Q: For Stephen Moyer. How was your experience with this film compared to being Bill Compton?

SM: Well, when I read the script I was excited and I don’t play a vampire, I actually play a human. But it was amazing to be a part of this because this is something wholly unique compared to anything I’ve ever done.  

Q: For Scott Stewart. Why did you decide to do this in 3D?

SS: Well, we saw the material and saw how violent and visual it was I knew that we were going to shoot this in 3D. We wanted to make sure that it wasn’t a conversion but actual 3D and the trick was making sure the 3D didn’t interfere with the detail in the visual effects.  

The panel would end (it was brief because Moyer had to go upstairs to the “True Blood” panel that was starting right then). Up next we’d be joined by Adam McKay (director of “Step Brothers,” “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights,” and “The Other Guys”), Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, and Will Ferrell. Will did a gag where he walked across the stage and walked away and Adam had to tell him that they were speaking. “Oh we’re talking?” Ferrell would jokingly ask. The place went nuts and we were shown an extensive trailer for “The Other Guys”. Will jokingly said he was going to quit acting because it was sad he was laughing at his own trailer.

Q: For Will Ferrell. What are your favorite quotes from your movies?

WF: Well, my favorite is “I want you on top of me”. But I get a lot of “You’re my boy blue”, “Shake and Bake”, “Let’s go streaking”. By the way it’s great to be back here in Whale’s vagina. I know Eva’s a Latina but I had to explain to her that San Diego literally translates to whale’s vagina.

EM: Yeah I kept thinking that it meant Saint Diego.

WF: No it literally translates to whale’s vagina. But I also get a lot of “don’t touch me” which isn’t from my movies but people say that to me all the time.  

Q: For Eva Mendes. How was it working with Will Ferrell?

EM: It was a dream come true because some people say that their favorite movie is “Gone with the Wind” or something but my favorite movie is “Anchorman” and I try to work quotes from it into my daily life. So getting to work with Will was awesome because he is the hottest piece of ass in Hollywood.

WF: I was terrified, really, to work with her. She was intimidating and I didn’t think it fit.

adam_mckay_eva_mendes_2AM: That’s why it was funny.

MW: Yeah I’ve worked with Eva before and it was nice to see her again.

EM: Yeah about that we’ve done “We Own the Night” but we didn’t have a whole lot to do together then we do this and we barely have any time together so it’s like some cruel joke.  

Q: For Adam McKay. How did you get Mark Wahlberg who is known for more dramatic work to be in this?

AM: Well we had lunch together and we all had a lot of laughs and I knew there is no way this isn’t happening. The movie was unique because while it was a buddy cop movie it wasn’t about the alpha team but the guys chained to a desk. Mark was a blast to work with because he’d get so into it and so intense we’d have to tell him to back off.  

Q: For Adam McKay. What is going on with “Anchorman 2”?

AM: Well, we had a script done for Paramount and they said no. It would be hard anyway because since Paul (Rudd) and Steve (Carell) had their careers take off so it would be hard to track them down.  

Q: For Will Ferrell. Who is your favorite character that you’ve done?

WF: Well I played a funeral director in “Drowning Mona”. AM: Oh so that’s you’re favorite?

WF: Yeah, no not really. My favorite is Ron Burgundy because it took two years to perfect the character and no one wanted to make the movie. It has since found a tremendous following and I’m so happy for that.  

We were then shown a trailer for a teen comedy that Ferrell and McKay produced called “The Virginity Hit” (review to come separately). Then we were invited to the screening that night. That would conclude “The Other Guys” panel. Seth Rogen would come out along with co-writer Evan Goldberg, director Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”). We were shown an extended trailer for “The Green Hornet.” Here are the highlights of the panel.  

Seth Rogen: Wow, I can’t believe I’m here. I mean I love Comic-Con and would be here whether or not I had a panel. This is so cool and the Princess Leias are hot this year.  

Q: For Seth. Why did you guys choose to do “The Green Hornet”?

SR: Well, Evan and I love comic books as you all know and we we’re always fascinated with The Green Hornet because he was rich, liked to party, and he and Kato essentially broke the law in order to protect it. We researched the radio series, the television show, and everything we could in order to get things right.  

Q: For Seth. Did you ever think you would be in a superhero movie?

SR: I never thought that I’d ever be in movies period. It’s such a rush to do stuff like this because obviously I’m used to doing comedy and this required me to get in shape. I don’t think I’ll keep that weight off, then again, who knows.  

Q: For Michel Gondry. You’re films are very experimental. Are you surprised that you are doing a studio movie in 3D.

MG: I’m not opposed to doing a studio film I love 3D I remember my father had these boring black and white movies that had the red and blue glasses and I would go to the attic and watch them. It was exciting and it was a new thing to do something in 3D. We didn’t shoot it in 3D and delayed the movie so that we can make the conversion look incredible. Other films get into trouble when they try to rush 3D and it makes the effects suffer.  

We were then shown a clip that is currently being converted into 3D. It is a fight scene and while it was only 2/3 done it was still dazzling.  

Q: For Christoph. How did you become attached to this film?

the_green_hornet_CW: I was looking for a challenge and I was offered a role in this film and I hadn’t really done a movie like this. S

R: Yeah we knew after seeing him as Hans Landa that he can make someone so vile so funny. We got him to do it before he won his Oscar even though we knew he was totally going to win it.

CW: I liked the cartoon aspect of it like the double-barreled hand gun. At the risk of alienating myself here, I did not read the comics actually, as a boy in Germany I didn’t read comic books they never really made it over there.  

Q: For Seth. What do you prefer writing or acting?

SR: Writing. I don’t have to shave or work out, so writing. As advice to anyone who wants to get into show business become a writer because you can be a great actor and be rejected but its hard to reject good writing.  

Q: For Seth and Michel. How did you guys come up with the idea for the Black Beauty.

SR: Well we had GM design some cars for us and they made the same mistake a lot of car companies do when designing a movie car they tried to modernize it and we just didn’t like any of the designs. I think we cost ourselves like a million dollars or so because GM eventually disappeared.

MG: We loved the retro look of it and weren’t going to compromise and I think it turned out pretty well.  

Q: For Seth. How was it fighting with the mask on because that would seem like it would be a bitch to do?

SR: It was because I couldn’t really see plus I would sweat and get like this acne circle around my eyes. I’d have to wring my mask out at the end of the day. It was disgusting.  

That basically ended the panel as most questions were repeats because people weren’t paying attention. Wes, Katie, and I went to the screening of “The Virginity Hit” and on the way we ran into the guy who dressed up as Shredder last year (he was Shredder again) he remembered us and we talked. Then after the screening (again review to come soon with further hilarity from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay). In attendance was the cast of the film plus Eli Roth (director of “Hostel” “Cabin Fever,” and he played the Bear Jew in “Inglorious Basterds”) he signed my badge but alas I didn’t have my camera because the theater confiscated it. All in all it was a great weekend and though I would’ve loved to see the panels for “Tron Legacy” “Scott Pilgrim V.S. the World”, “The Walking Dead”, “Glee”, “Family Guy”, “Sons of Anarchy” as well as the Marvel panel which not only showed off “Thor” and “Captain America” but Robert Downey Jr. came out to introduce himself and the rest of the cast for the upcoming “Avengers” film. Oh well, there’s always next year.

I’d like to thank Wes, Katie, Bryan, and Christina for helping me cover so much ground and for agreeing to go with me (especially Katie and Christina who really weren’t into it), The Whiskey Girl restaurant for serving us a delicious meal (with drinks, lots of drinks), and KHTS for allowing me to cover this event. I will return to my regularly scheduled programming with “Dinner with Schmucks” sometime next week.  

Thank you for reading.

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