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Meeting Aaron Ashmore; Michael links [Mar. 11th, 2012|07:23 pm]
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I wasn't planning to attend TOComicon this weekend but on Friday, Aaron A. was announced for a Sunday appearance. I had other plans today but always like to try & see SV alumni. So I decided to try & get to the Con first & hope AA put in an early appearance. He did and was very nice: well worth the running around!



The Con seems to have been a bit more ambitious in terms of guests and scheduling this year. The first person I saw was Tia Carrere, being interviewed while fanboys took her photo.
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I was hoping to get in & out in an hour so I went straight for Aaron. He had a nice crowd. From what I could hear, there were fans of all his shows in attendance: SV, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl.
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Aaron admired my Supes sweater. (Lots of Supes-wear in attendance!) He's wearing his hair very short & it suits him. My standard Con practice is to bring along a few SV 'caps & see if it prompts a recollection. I wanted a Clark/Jimmy & a Jimmy/Lex but couldn't find any 'caps with AA & MR side by side. So I went with two 'caps from Apocalypse instead. (All 'caps are made by Home of The Nutty.)

I said I liked that he got to play the comics-classic version of Jimmy in this ep, complete with bow-tie. AA: "It was a good one." It was unusual for Clark to get hands-on with Jimmy as he is here. Aaron: "Jimmy was being smarmy in that scene so Clark had to!" (AA is evidently a Clark-girl!) He said the grabbing sequence was carefully blocked out by he & Tom & he didn't get hurt.
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I mentioned that he got to play several incarnations of Jimmy, including 1940's anti-hero in "Noir". Aaron lit up and said "Noir" was his favourite episode of the show, just great fun to do. Now, by chance, I had brought along a few extra 'caps and a "Noir" 'cap was one of them. So I pulled it out of my purse & said "then you should have this!" (In retrospect, this seems a little bonkers & I hope he didn't think I walk around with a full SV gallery on my person!) Aaron: "Wow! Look at us! Look at those two handsome guys!" Indeed.
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He signed another Apocalypse 'cap...this might be my favourite shot of AA & Tom.
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My covert photo of Aaron came out sadly blurry...
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...but photo of Horse-Head guy came out crystal clear! (No idea who he's portraying....anyone know?)
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Michael has been a busy boy - today was the first day of filming "Old Days" in his old hometown in Indiana. He's also been regularly posting vids; hope he keeps that habit up!

Michael drives along river, sings

A sleepy start to filming

tariel22 and ctbn60 posted links to a new Michael interview last week - thanks for that! I liked this bit; it really explains why he's so driven to get this film made and has been pushing for it for 10 years:

"He didn't audition for a school play, however, until he was a senior, and then only under pressure from his drama teacher. When got the role of Vince Fontaine, "the crazy deejay," he was terrified. After the director coaxed him out from hiding behind the props, "I finally got the nerve to be seen on stage," he said.

Rosenbaum remembers hearing laughs from the audience after his lines, but the real payoff came the next day, as he walked down a hallway at Castle High School.

"One of the popular kids said, 'Hey, you were really funny in that play,'" he said. "I can't tell you how that changed my life."

Up until that point, he didn't think anyone noticed him. For one thing, at 16, "I was the shortest kid in my high school," he said. "I lied on my driver's license and said I was 5-1 and 100 pounds, but I was really 4 feet 11 inches and weighed 97 pounds." An 18-month growth spurt brought 30 pounds and elevated him to "6 feet on the dot," he said, but he never felt as accepted at his high school as he did at that moment in the hall.

"I wasn't accepted as me, but I was accepted as a character I was playing," he said. "I thought, this is the first thing in my life that I think is working. I'm going to do more."


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Love the photos with the article. Oh, you pretty pretty thing!
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Michael & brother Eric.
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And the new bromance with Richard Marx continues! RM reacts to Michael's twitter header about having Air Supply play at his 40th birthday...
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[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2012-03-12 12:01 am (UTC)
Aaron: "Wow! Look at us! Look at those two handsome guys!"

He ain't lying!

In retrospect, this seems a little bonkers & I hope he didn't think I walk around with a full SV gallery on my person

No, it shows you appreciate his art. That's totally cool.

I hope Michael is taking the advice on the chart. Like he found out on directing SV, directing wipes you out.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-03-12 12:17 am (UTC)
He ain't lying!
Going through the 'caps made me wish there had been more scenes with just Clark & Jimmy. They were cute together. Tom's got Gable-brows in that 'cap.

No, it shows you appreciate his art. That's totally cool.
Phew! Thank you! I had been havering between Apocalypse & Noir since they were both good Jimmy/Clark eps. It's a shame AA didn't do a panel because as far as I know, this is his first Con (surprising given all the genre work he's done.) Would love to hear more SV memories from him.

I hope Michael is taking the advice on the chart. Like he found out on directing SV, directing wipes you out.
When he directed SV, didn't Tom advise him to eat all the time because the weight just falls off? And Michael has no weight to spare. But he's got onsite family & friends to feed him & put him down for naps!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2012-03-12 03:16 am (UTC)
Glad you had fun at ComiCon and meeting Aaron. :)

What's wrong with having an SV gallery on you? lol Sometimes you just need something pretty to look at to pick you up and that'd be a great way to do it.

I love the vids and pics Michael tweets! He's so adorable. I feel like a broken record saying that about him all the time, but what else can you say? lol

I think Michael needs to expand his 'concert' for his birthday party or Mr. Marx may be disappointed.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-03-12 03:44 am (UTC)
What's wrong with having an SV gallery on you? lol Sometimes you just need something pretty to look at to pick you up and that'd be a great way to do it.
Thank you! I feel validated :)

I love the vids and pics Michael tweets! He's so adorable. I feel like a broken record saying that about him all the time, but what else can you say? lol
Having him on twitter has been such a gift - all these wonderful pics & vids. And it sounds like day 1 of filming went very well!

I think Michael needs to expand his 'concert' for his birthday party or Mr. Marx may be disappointed.
It could only get better if Mr. Marx is the opening act!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2012-03-12 12:56 pm (UTC)
I hope he didn't think I walk around with a full SV gallery on my person!
Heh! Everyone should walk round with an SV gallery - the pretty would help to deal with stressful moments!

I have no idea who the horse head guy is, but the chap on the left on the photo looks like he is wondering the same thing!

Love that MR interview, very interesting. Glad Old Days is going well so far! I hope he looks at the wall chart and remembers to eat! And the 'Be funny' isn't needed of course, that's just natural. Cute though!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-03-12 11:25 pm (UTC)
Everyone should walk round with an SV gallery - the pretty would help to deal with stressful moments!
"Feeling stressed...must look at...Clex hug!"

Glad Old Days is going well so far! I hope he looks at the wall chart and remembers to eat! And the 'Be funny' isn't needed of course, that's just natural. Cute though!
Yes, he doesn't have any weight to spare! Hopefully Eric is shoving cookies into him.

I have no idea who the horse head guy is, but the chap on the left on the photo looks like he is wondering the same thing!
There were very few costumed people at this con so the horse head gave me a double take, especially since he was silently loitering by the escalators!
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[User Picture]From: netlynn
2012-03-12 01:44 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a good time. Also? AA is srsly losing her hair, yes?

I love all the news with MR and his time in Indiana directing but seeing him with his Mac just makes me wanna swoon. Um, yes, I am a geek. :\
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-03-12 11:22 pm (UTC)
Mikey is very sexy with his Mac!

AA is srsly losing her hair, yes?
Looks like it...keeping it close shorn is a good way to cope with that! He's very cute & charming in person.
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[User Picture]From: carolandtom
2012-03-12 03:12 pm (UTC)
Youb wore a Supes sweater? That's nice! I have to buy one for myself!

I'm glad you had a great time! I love those caps AA signed for you!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-03-12 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was good fun. Always enjoy meeting SV folks.

I bought the sweater at a Con & have gotten much enjoyment from it!
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[User Picture]From: carolandtom
2012-03-13 09:46 am (UTC)
I LOVE it! I'll say it again: I want one for myself! Too bad there are no Cons around here (no money for that now. lol)
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2012-03-14 09:09 am (UTC)
I'm so glad everything worked out so that you could see AA at the Con! Thanks for sharing, your stories and pics always make me feel like I was right there with you. ♥ And special thanks for telling him he has a fan in California!

I first fell for Aaron when I read his sweet and generous comments about his co-stars (including Tom) in one of the SV companion books. He had this wonderfully positive attitude, and radiated love for the show and his character. I'm enjoying him on Lost Girl (he gets to sing!), but I live in constant fear that he'll be killed off, as he was on both SV and Warehouse 13 (his death on W13 was as heartbreaking as it was on SV, I cried both times).

I love how you bring carefully chosen caps and let them help you connect with the person in a truly meaningful way. The unguarded reactions you receive and then share with us are always a treat. I don't think you having a few extra pics is unusual at all at a Con, and I'm sure he was thrilled to have that one from his very favorite episode. I hope he continues to do Cons, and shares some SV stories on a panel someday.

Apocalypse is one of my all-time favorite episodes, and the Clark and Jimmy interaction in it is one of the reasons why. Tom did a great job directing, and he and AA got the iconic relationship just right. Another episode I love, again for the dynamic between Clark and Jimmy, is Identity. It has humor and pathos in equal measure, and AA brought both with equal skill. What a waste of his talent it was to make him Chloe's jealous boyfriend instead of Clark's friend and sidekick.

You chose gorgeous caps, BTW. Tom Welling is a pretty, pretty man. *sigh* I miss him dreadfully.

I'm so excited that Michael is making this movie! I haven't been online much (this is the time of year when I work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week), but I've loved the little bits I've seen on Twitter and everything you've posted here. I still remember how impressed (and delighted) I was when Michael directed Freak, and this project has the added bonus of being a labor of love that is all his own. I hope he's having the time of his life! Did you see the pic his producer tweeted?

https://twitter.com/#!/kimwaltrip/status/178805961664888833/photo/1

Watching the bromance between MR and RM blossom is one of those things that makes Twitter awesome. And I don't know who the guy in the horse head is supposed to be, but I found a whole web site of his friends (click on the gallery):

http://www.creepyhorsemask.com/

Actually, that horse head is kind of like a stormtrooper mask at SDCC: I always imagine it's a famous person under there, trying to experience the Con incognito.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-03-14 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Michael-photo! I hadn't seen it and it's adorable, His first day!

Watching the bromance between MR and RM blossom is one of those things that makes Twitter awesome.
So true...love how a random tweet brought them together & now they're buddies. RM is a lot more droll than I would have thought. He always seemed quite serious!

I don't think you having a few extra pics is unusual at all at a Con, and I'm sure he was thrilled to have that one from his very favorite episode. I hope he continues to do Cons, and shares some SV stories on a panel someday.
He's become quite a genre regular now so a panel would be great! And thanks reassuring me about the screencap - he & Tom do look so glam there!

Another episode I love, again for the dynamic between Clark and Jimmy, is Identity. It has humor and pathos in equal measure, and AA brought both with equal skill. What a waste of his talent it was to make him Chloe's jealous boyfriend instead of Clark's friend and sidekick.
He really had the potential to be Clark's close friend & it was a waste to put him in a boyfriend role when JO is so much more. He & Tom had lovely chemistry together and really, he should have been kept for S9-10, I feel. The fact that he was a little older than canon Jimmy didn't matter to me.

And special thanks for telling him he has a fan in California!
Canadian actors are always chuffed to hear that their Canadian shows are being watched beyond our borders!

I first fell for Aaron when I read his sweet and generous comments about his co-stars (including Tom) in one of the SV companion books. He had this wonderfully positive attitude, and radiated love for the show and his character.
One of the fans up ahead of me thought that Aaron & Shawn were the same person & was praising AA for SV and Xmen....AA was thanking him & correcting him in the gentlest possible way. It was nice that he drew a big line; hopefully this will encourage him to do more Cons. He could be like Chris Heyerdahl at DragonCon - hopping from one show panel to another!

And I don't know who the guy in the horse head is supposed to be, but I found a whole web site of his friends (click on the gallery)
Wow....just WOW!

I hope your 12 hour day, 7 day week cycle ends soon. That's far too much time to be spent at work, away from home, hubby & fandoms!
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[User Picture]From: airygold
2012-03-24 11:12 am (UTC)
I finally read this! I've been out of the loop a while, but thanks for the tip on twitter that there was more here.

I love your stories from cons, you are the queen of getting "moments" with stars, thanks to your personality, caps, tidbits, it's magic.... I'm so glad you decided to go to this one! I loved Aaron in Smallville, and wished he would have been around through the end of the series.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-03-24 10:25 pm (UTC)
You're very kind :) AA was very easy to talk to, very nice to all the fans in line. I'm lucky to live in a con-friendly city. We have at least four a year!

I loved Aaron in Smallville, and wished he would have been around through the end of the series.
I agree - he would have been a great addition for S9 - 10 & I think fans could have ultimately accepted a slightly more mature Jimmy.
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