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Michael & Smallville & Misha at DragonCon! Part 2 [Sep. 7th, 2011|08:24 pm]
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Michael always gives fans great stories to tell at Cons. I've seen people tweeting excitedly that he sang to them, loved their costumes, jumped into their photos. But my favourite fan encounter was told by Michael himself at a panel. The Marriott hotel has glass elevators that overlook the lobby. Michael described getting into an elevator, a fan noticing him and doing a double take. His eyes met Michael's. Then the elevator started to rise and Michael said that they still didn't break eye contact - the elevator's sailing up 40 floors, the fan is craning his neck upwards and Michael is staring down at him. (Very Lex-like of him!)

These cuties invite you in!
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I went to three Supernatural panels and a Mark Sheppard solo panel. I've seen two previous MS panels and he never fails to be entertaining.
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This is the first time I've seen Misha. He's a very engaging guest, seeming just as excited as the fans to have photos taken with them. He was popping up all over the place. miss_mcelroy and I saw him wandering around the main autograph hall, unnoticed by anyone but us. We were very curious where he was going - to Michael's table to make fandom explode? To Carrie Fisher's table for a kiss and some glitter? No! He went to True Blood hottie Joe Manganiello's table and chatted animatedly with him for some minutes. Later he walked by complicat and I sitting on the floor and I noticed that he has a surprisingly curvy, almost womanly, ass. Shame it gets hidden under Castiel's trenchcoat.

Misha and Mark together are a duet of flippancy - throw Jim Beaver in and it's a circus. But there is one subject on which they are deadly serious. A fan stood up and asked about Mark Harmon and all three guys suddenly got all reverent and man-crushy. Jim Beaver says MH is the perfect show leader, Mark ladled praise all over him and Misha gave his sole non-sarcastic answer of the weekend to jump in to praise Harmon as well. Who knew? The Harmon fangirl was rapturously pleased.
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Michael had a solo panel on Sunday. A solo panel for Michael always means he brings best buddy Chris onstage too. During the SV panel, he often looked offstage to Chris, who seems to function as security blanket. I can understand that - Chris seems like a very calming person. He doesn't talk much, but is very measured when he does, very observant.
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This time, Michael brought other friends along too, Joe, and Laura V!
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Michael said that the "creatives" (ie show producers) wanted him back on SV, but the network was indifferent. He was nervous to return to the set, worried that he wouldn't remember how to play Lex. However he was quickly reassured. "Tom gave me a big hug & said "I missed you man! It was genuine....it was really sweet." He said it took him five hours to watch the finale because he had to keep pausing while his friend Joe explained the plot points he'd missed. "Lex has a sister?!"
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Michael & Chris talked about Chris's visits to the SV set. Chris remembers a scene on the football field with lots of extras (probably Devoted) and Michael saying "we have to play football with these guys!" So they did. Michael remembers watching his beloved Rocky 3 with Chris in his trailer. The trailer was hot so they were stripped down to their boxers and lying on Michael's bed (!) The movie had reached an emotional moment when a Production Assistant walked in, saw two half-naked, weeping men on the bed together, and quickly rushed away!
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Michael was asked if he could play another character on SV, who would it be? He thinks Lex is the best character but as a runner-up, chose "Arrow Guy." He commented on Justin's amazing body and said he'd nicknamed him "Bondage Boy" because of his leather suit. Laura was asked if Michael was a cut-up on set. She said "he does what he's doing right now!" (Which was holding his iphone up to the microphone to play "Safety Dance".) He also very much likes the sound of pouring water in front of the microphone.
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A fan dressed as Superman requested a "Kneel Before Zod!" from Michael. He got what Michael called the "Rosenbaum version" instead: "Sit the Hell down!" Two women asked discreetly worded Clex questions. "Given how intense the relationship was between Clark & Lex in the finale, where would they go from there?" Michael said it could only get deeper and more intense. He still thinks a Smallville movie would be a good idea and would be happy to play Lex on the big screen if he is asked.
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The other Clex questioner asked if Lex was jealous of Clark and Lana. Michael said he'd been sometimes uncomfortable paired with Kristin, feeling too old for her "especially if I got aroused in love scenes!" (Quickly clarified that was a joke!) He said "the two Pretty people belonged together" and talked about poor lonely Lex at the manor, bribing Clark to hang out with him. "Want a truck?....No?" "How about some cash?"
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A fan asked about working with John Glover. Michael told his favourite JG story, how John taught him to touch other actors; how this startled him at first, but then he started to enjoy it and got very hands-on with Tom. "Clark.....Clark!" (As usual, petting Chris to demonstrate.) Another fan asked how a funny guy like Michael was able to access Lex's emotions; Michael made a gentle reference to his own less than ideal childhood and said he was able to draw on that.
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The day before the panel, I'd asked Michael to sign a 'cap from Shattered, saying how great an episode it was. In the panel, Michael cited "Hourglass" and "Shattered" as two of his favourites, especially the moment when the car hits Clark and Lex looks into his eyes and knows. Chris cited the pilot as his favourite, saying he was very impressed and in fact, watched it again before the finale. Joe chose "Exile", sparking a Michael rant about the producers making him wax his chest. "They always wanted me shirtless, the Pervs!" (Put me in that club!)
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There was a leak of some unspecified nature during Michael's panel and he was told to keep us all in the room with him - SO not a problem! And while talking about how loyal fans are, Michael unexpectedly mentioned a few of us by name, which was a very sweet surprise.

On Friday during autographs, Michael was excited that Jefferson Starship was playing on Saturday. (They were, but not their hits - it was some combo of DCon written songs and Bladerunner score.) I wanted to go but it was at midnight & I was headachey so took a pass. miss_mcelroy, fruitbat00 and netlynn went and said "Hi!" to Michael.
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Michael groused in the next day's panel that the band hadn't played their '80's hits. No "We Built this City!" The next night, the band played again, their 60's hits this time. As they were reaching the encore, complicat said "Is that Chris?" Sure enough, it was, and the crowds parted to reveal Michael happily dancing onstage to "Volunteers". I was too sleepy to zoom, but here's the Rosen-head through the crowds :)
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Oh, and Michael did his own photo op with the Back to the Future cast and posted it on twitter! ♥
http://yfrog.com/nw72ufj
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[User Picture]From: ctbn60
2011-09-08 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing. Where was the con? Do they do any on the east coast?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 03:01 am (UTC)
This Con is in Atlanta every year...on the East Coast there's New York ComicCon. I'd like if Michael went to that some time. Or Tom but that's a very faint hope!
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[User Picture]From: roxymissrose
2011-09-08 01:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for this! Michael seems like a wonderful character! It's funny too, how famous Chris is! *GGG*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 03:02 am (UTC)
Michael's so damn entertaining and yes, Chris is a superstar!

In Post 1, there is much talk of the Hugeness of Thomas!
http://tasabian.livejournal.com/179717.html
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2011-09-08 02:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for more updates. I just watched the whole SV panel. Lots of fun. I wish the audio had been better, but I got to hear most of the answers.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 03:00 am (UTC)
I love that Michael jokes about making out with Tom in the the very first question...he knows what we like to hear!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2011-09-08 05:08 am (UTC)
I always love the new stories about Michael. :)

Eeep! The convention may have exploded to have Michael and Misha together! Though, I don't think Misha and Joe M. would have been much safer.

Seriously... how does one place contain so much sexy with Michael, Misha, Mark, Joe M., and Wil Wheaton all in one place? That's not safe. lol
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:18 pm (UTC)
I always love the new stories about Michael. :)
He's such a fun panelist, always so playful.

Seriously... how does one place contain so much sexy with Michael, Misha, Mark, Joe M., and Wil Wheaton all in one place? That's not safe. lol
There were hot dudes wandering around everywhere! Eye candy buffet.
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[User Picture]From: carolandtom
2011-09-08 08:09 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting this! It's clear the con was an amazing experience. I've never been to one but reading your awesome reports make me feel like I was there too. Thanks again!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carol! It was so much fun.

There was almost a Smallville Con in Spain this year....maybe they will try again and you can go! If Tom ever decides to go, I think my entire f-list will turn up!
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[User Picture]From: myfablexy
2011-09-08 12:15 pm (UTC)
Hey dear! thank you so much for this...for me, it's like have being there!! I really hope that could be another conv and that we can go altogether, but yes, the joy of having my sweet baby cat with me again is priceless...
I also had so few money to spend at the conv, that's why i couldn't come, too.
I don't want bother you 2 with my presence if I coulnd't pay the room!!
But with your report it sound like I was there, and there a lot of goodies to enjoy!! :D :D
I'm very glad you girls had such a fun time and discovery this conv, surely the biggest I've ever been!
Did Mike ask something about me? Did he notice I wasn't with you? Or did you girls say something about that?
Sure he was glad I wasn't there to bothering him!! haha xD
I looking forward for more about the conv!!! ;)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:14 pm (UTC)
If you had been there Michael would have given you an enormous hug: "ANNNGGGIIIEEE!" Remember how he was excited to see you at Insurgence?

I know it's hard not to be there but how wonderful that your cat came home on Sunday! Maybe the next convention will be in Europe, where it won't be so expensive for you to travel.

But with your report it sound like I was there, and there a lot of goodies to enjoy!! :D :D
Aw, you're very kind! Thank you!


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[User Picture]From: eternal_moonie
2011-09-08 12:44 pm (UTC)
Yup, she sat there too!

Great convention overall, huh? (taken everything as a whole)

LOL, I always think *next year next year* especially with being the full-owner now of lauravandervoort.org and sometimes getting messages from Laura to put on the site, but every year it is not to be. *sighs*

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:10 pm (UTC)
Great convention overall, huh? (taken everything as a whole)
Absolutely - I had a great time!

Laura seems to like Cons so hopefully she will come to one in Europe soon - London wouldn't be too far away for you!
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[User Picture]From: netlynn
2011-09-08 01:12 pm (UTC)
I am definitely saving your entries in my memories so I will never forget what all was said. I think I was too excited to recall, word for word, how the panels went.

I cannot believe I went to both SV and SPN panels on Sunday and still didn't manage to meet up with you guys at all. I did look but no luck.

I am still floating on air about the entire thing - one of the best weekends I've ever had. ♥
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:09 pm (UTC)
I am still floating on air about the entire thing - one of the best weekends I've ever had. ♥
Yay! Glad to hear it :)

I cannot believe I went to both SV and SPN panels on Sunday and still didn't manage to meet up with you guys at all. I did look but no luck.
I missed the Sunday SPN panel too - got caught in the Michael photo-scrum. Glad you did make it to both!

I think I was too excited to recall, word for word, how the panels went.
I'm missing big chunks but these were the bits that stuck in my memory!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2011-09-08 01:30 pm (UTC)
Another great write up! Glad you posted the pic of the Doctor Who kids - they were so cute!

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Glad you posted the pic of the Doctor Who kids - they were so cute!
It was funny to watch everyone rush out of the screening, then get stopped in their tracks by the cuteness!
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[User Picture]From: la_belle_isa
2011-09-08 03:32 pm (UTC)
Joe Manganiello was there? Was he naked? LOL Joe's naked body is certainly one of the best thing in True Blood!
Great report!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Joe was clothed alas, but seemed very popular with fans (and Misha!)
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[User Picture]From: seagull2eagle
2011-09-08 06:15 pm (UTC)
Awww.... Sounds wonderful! Michael is such a sweetie, and Chris sounds like a great friend. Glad you had a great time! :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Michael is such a sweetie, and Chris sounds like a great friend.
They're a very cute pair, finishing each other's stories!
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[User Picture]From: airygold
2011-09-08 06:16 pm (UTC)
Wow, have you ever considered a career in journalism or writing? You really made me feel like I was there! Wonderful write up and photos. Thank you so much, this Tom/Michael fan is so happy!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! You're so kind. I was writing it in my head on the plane ride home, trying to keep the memories fresh.

You really made me feel like I was there!
You must go sometime! Cons are so much fun.

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[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2011-09-08 07:45 pm (UTC)
Michael & Chris talked about Chris's visits to the SV set. Chris remembers a scene on the football field with lots of extras (probably Devoted) and Michael saying "we have to play football with these guys!" So they did.

I think so. And I think it was the same day they taped footage for a BTS segment and they talked to fatty fat fat fat Jensen and cut to Rosey and Chris playing catch.

Michael remembers watching his beloved Rocky 3 with Chris in his trailer. The trailer was hot so they were stripped down to their boxers and lying on Michael's bed (!)

There were two dudes in the military who were discharged for that LOL.

chose "Arrow Guy." He commented on Justin's amazing body and said he'd nicknamed him "Bondage Boy" because of his leather suit.

He makes that sound like it's a bad thing.

A fan dressed as Superman requested a "Kneel Before Zod!" from Michael. He got what Michael called the "Rosenbaum version" instead: "Sit the Hell down!"

LOL!

poor lonely Lex at the manor, bribing Clark to hang out with him. "Want a truck?....No?" "How about some cash?"

Hey it worked. That kept Clark compliant for years.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-08 11:03 pm (UTC)
Hey it worked. That kept Clark compliant for years.
Clark was aching to be ravished: "I don't want your gifts, Lex, I just want you to touch me!"

He makes that sound like it's a bad thing.
Two Cons in a row now that Michael's praised Justin's body....

And I think it was the same day they taped footage for a BTS segment and they talked to fatty fat fat fat Jensen and cut to Rosey and Chris playing catch.
Must have been...it was a rare occasion when Lex was allowed to wear a baby blue sweatshirt!

There were two dudes in the military who were discharged for that LOL.
Weren't they watching True Blood? LOL, so cute. Michael & Chris sharing a shirtless, weepy, movie cuddle is a very nice visual.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-09-09 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading it all!

I just love this guy so much.
He's such a sweetheart ♥
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[User Picture]From: earthseed_fic
2011-09-10 04:44 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for sharing the stories and the pics. Where would MR fandom be without you?
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[User Picture]From: earthseed_fic
2011-09-10 04:45 am (UTC)
Also, that Stanley Cup picture is hysterical.
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