Nerd HQ has many supporters but in the past few years Nathan Fillion has emerged as one of the biggest advocates for the four day charity event. This year he hosted another two Conversations for a Cause, both times answering fan questions while also auctioning off a variety of memorabilia.
Fondly referred to as his “bag of crap,” Fillion’s items up for bid were sometimes silly (Canada shirts, Vegemite) and other times pretty unique (Con Man props, Castle scripts). There was also Magic The Gathering cards, action figures, fan art, and posters. And then there was the Hovertrax, which is basically a cross between a skateboard, scooter, and a segway. It, packaged with several other items, fetched a $1,100 price tag. It’s hardly surprising then to learn Fillion’s Saturday panel alone raised enough money to fund 29 surgeries through Operation Smile for children with cleft lip and cleft palate.
But the auction is only part of the fun at a Nathan Fillion Conversation. That he brings Alan Tudyk along too is also an added bonus. The two took the stage on Saturday to talk about their webseries, Con Man, and tell jokes for 45 minutes. Tudyk got the first shot in when he surprised everyone on stage and pretended to be Fillion: “Today I liked to focus on Castle, something I know a lot about. I’ve been doing it for seven years. It’s hard to play a castle. Not many people have undertaken a medieval fortress as a character. I have. Season two with the moat was especially one of my favorites.”
On Sunday, Fillion flew solo and delighted in answering questions about his career and his place in the Whedonverse. His loyalty to Joss Whedon is even so great that given the choice between being in a film for DC, for whom he’s often done voice work, and Marvel Studios, he would choose Marvel. As for another Disney property, Star Wars, the actor says he’d like to “be a bad guy and be killed.” After a dramatic pause he added, “Or a robot. A Jedi. Anything!”
Fillion happily acknowledges that he “found his niche” when it comes to playing somewhat rascally good guys. However, he gives most of the credit to the people he’s gotten the opportunity to work with and for. He believes his headstone someday would read: “Nathan Fillion. Hitched his wagon to the right horses.”
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