But he does like Samoas! By now, you’ve probably all seen the vaguely-WTF cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly– and by “WTF,” I mostly mean, “What on Earth is Nathan Fillion doing?” Answer: Making jazz hands while wearing a Green Lantern T-shirt. However, because he’s Nathan Fillion, I’m willing to go with it.
After a stint on One Life to Life, Fillion made a few bit appearances, notably “the wrong Ryan” in Saving Private Ryan; but it was his turn as Malcolm Reynolds on the short-lived but spectacular television show Firefly that put him on the road to becoming the Geek God he is today. Currently the star of the hit ABC show Castle, Fillion has come a long way from his soap opera days, but he hasn’t lost his sense of humor, which is one of the things that makes him so darn likable. Entertainment Weekly has done a great feature on him; check out the full article by buying the issue here. In the meantime, here are some highlights:
On his character from Castle: “I would date Richard Castle, but not for very long. He’s got some money and nice tastes. He’s not an asshole, but he IS a bit of a prick.”
On fans: “Castle fans– I’ll say 75 percent of the time– are women, and they light up…. Firefly fans will see me, do a double take, stop, nod, and say, ‘Captain’ with an air of ‘I know what you’ve been through. I’ve been there too.’ A guy did it to me in a furniture store the other day. I was walking by, and he saw me, stopped, stood up straight, and said, ‘Captain,’ and I nodded and said ‘As you were.’”
Geek fan philosophy: “It’s easy to keep the geek fan case stoked by simply remaining true to the inner geek. I just continue to be excited by the things I am excited by.” By which things he means sci-fi, computer games, flashlights that are really small but really bright…
On villains: “Villains never think they’re the bad guy. That’s what makes a villain so dangerous.”
Get more of your Fillion fix at Entertainment Weekly.