Nathan Fillion, star of Firefly and Castle, is one of the headline guests at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, 11-13 Nov 2016.
Nathan Fillion, star of Firefly and Castle, is one of the headline guests at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, 11-13 Nov 2016.

Watch out for naked nannies as Fillion actor hits Supanova

NATHAN Fillion has some sage advice for fans heading to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane this week: "Wear comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of walking. I always like to wear comfortable shoes to these things.”

Fillion has gained a legion of fans after donning a brown coat and captaining a firefly-class transport ship in Joss Whedon's cult sci-fi series Firefly and the spin-off movie Serenity. He then won hearts as witty mystery writer turned crime solver Richard Castle in TV series Castle.

He is also no stranger to the convention scene.

It's likely there will be a number of Browncoats in the crowd at the Brisbane Convention Centre waiting to meet their beloved Captain Malcolm Reynolds, and Fillion is always excited to meet his Australian fans.

"I find Australians to be very well-spoken even when in an excited state,” Fillion said.

"Sometimes people get excited and they render themselves a little speechless. I always find speechless Australia to be eloquent.”

And he "can't get enough of the accent”.

Nathan Fillion, star of Firefly and Castle, is one of the headline guests at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, 11-13 Nov 2016.
Nathan Fillion, star of Firefly and Castle, is one of the headline guests at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, 11-13 Nov 2016.

Firefly aired in 2002 but the Fox network cancelled it before the end of the first season, devastating fans, who started a campaign to bring the show back. They weren't successful, but years later Whedon brought the entire original cast back together to make Serenity, giving fans a chance to once again share in adventures of Reynolds and his crew.

Fillion credits the show's cult status to Whedon's insight into people.

"I think that, despite the sci-fi setting, Joss Whedon tells stories we can all relate to about what is important and what is right. What we choose to stand for,” Fillion said.

And the popularity of Reynolds?

"I think people are sympathetic to, or at least empathise with, someone who has lost so much,” Fillion said.

"Malcolm Reynolds is a very simple man. There's a righteousness in him, albeit he's a thief and a smuggler.

"He'll do bad things and he will even kill people, but we know he's a good man and he just wants to be left alone and he just wants to be free. And that's what we all want. I think we can all empathise with that.

"He has terrible luck. Life kicks Malcolm Reynolds around all the time and we can all relate to that.”

Playing Reynolds was a dream for Fillion, allowing him to act out a childhood fantasy.

"Heck yeah I loved playing that,” he said.

"We all still have that little kid inside. My little kid wanted to be the captain of a spaceship, fly around in space, ride horses and shoot guns, and that's exactly what Malcolm Reynolds was. He got to do all that stuff.

"I loved flying on a spaceship like that was my every day, jumping on horses like 'We gotta do this' , shooting people because it's important at this time. I love that. I love it. It was a great time.”

Nathan Fillion, star of Firefly and Castle, is one of the headline guests at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, 11-13 Nov 2016.
Nathan Fillion, star of Firefly and Castle, is one of the headline guests at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, 11-13 Nov 2016.

Firefly fans will be delighted to know Fillion has teamed up with former co-star Alan Tudyk (who played pilot Hoban 'Wash' Washburne) on a new multimedia venture set in the comic convention circuit.

Con Man follows Wray Nerely (Tudyk), a struggling actor who starred as a spaceship pilot in a sci-fi series that went on to become a cult classic. His good friend, Jack Moore (Fillion), was the ship's captain, and while Nerely's career has stalled, leaving him work the convention circuit, Moore's career trajectory put him among the A-list stars.

"We were sitting around talking about Con Man for some time. Alan was writing it and saying 'I want to do this, I want to push forward',” Fillion said.

"We were talking about getting it produced with a company of some kind. The reception we were getting, we were starting to worry that we would lose the project to people who didn't really understand the project.

"We felt if anyone was going to understand it, it's the fans. So we went and crowdfunded it.”

Con Man broke multiple records on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The pair hoped to raise $425,000 for three episodes, and fans heeded the call with much enthusiasm. They raised more than $1million in less than 24 hours.

Now, the possibilities for Con Man are endless.

"We were sitting in a room thinking 'You know, pie in the sky, what if we made more than three episodes? What if we made all of them? What if we did a comic book? What if we did a game?'

"We were just a couple of guys brainstorming in a room and then it happened.

"In a matter of days we got the funding for everything. And now we actually had to think about actually making a game.”

Con Man: the web series debuted last year and a second season is set for release later this year. The series and game already have dedicated fans.

In fact, one fan at the Long Beach Comic Con in September brought one of the characters to life. Nudie Judy is a naked octogenarian who causes havoc for convention organisers in the game version.

"(In the game) we have a streaker that runs through the convention and she will upset your fans. Nudie Judy, though she has a walker, she's quick - so don't get complacent,” Fillion said.

"But since we came up with the game, at Long Beach Comic Con, a woman showed up dressed as Nudie Judy, which really warmed my heart. It was quite a brilliant costume.”

Whether you're intending to dress up as Captain Reynolds, wear a nude leotard with a few strategically placed modesty bars, or pay homage to any of the stars on the Supanova line-up, it would be wise to take Fillion's advice: Wear comfortable shoes.

Supanova Pop Culture Expo is on at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank, from November 11-13. For a full line-up of stars and event details, go to the website.



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