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Fan Expo Con; Which SV guest star loves Tom? Michael takes his top off! [Aug. 26th, 2012|08:43 pm]
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Busy weekend! It was the Fan Expo Con in Toronto. I chatted with two Smallville guest stars, then saw Michael's new movie Hit & Run
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Lots of complaints about overcrowding at this Con, people lining up for hours & not getting in or missing panels. I was a bit tired this weekend so opted for a less ambitious schedule. My "big" panel was Alan Tudyk, who drew a huge crowd. Favourite quotes: he says Nathan F. is his favourite costar & also the glue of the Firefly group, making sure they get together regularly. He said Rip Torn easily "out-pirated" him on Dodgeball by just being himself. And he said he's single (guess he broke up with Adrienne P?)
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Alan announced that anyone who asked a question would get a signed souvenir from him, which led to Canadian reserve getting thrown out the window.
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My "medium" panel was Continuum, a show I've not watched yet but will now. A 2077 police officer is transported back to 2012 in pursuit of time-criminals. It stars Rachel Nichols, who had rather a mixed reception when added to the CM cast so it's nice she's now embraced by her own enthusiastic fandom.
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Victor Webster & Eirik Knudson, her hottie co-stars.
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Surprise Cigarette Smoking Man! He plays the older version of EK's character. The show has been renewed & is coming to US TV in January.
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I was lucky that both my SV "targets" were signing autographs for free. Elias Toufexis is gamer royalty, voicing several popular characters. But he was also a 3 time SV guest star. He's the patient who grabs Clark in S3's "Asylum"; the scientist who can travel through frequencies, tries to kill, then gets killed by Lex in S6's "Static" & in S10's "Ambush", he plays Emil Lasalle (Warp), a member of the Suicide Squad.

Elias frowned at the photo of his Static character & said "that guy was a "jerk!" I asked if he'd done the fight scene with MR or if it was stunt doubles. "No, that was me & Michael, rolling around."
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He said his "Ambush" character was his favourite and his wife chimed in to agree. A "good-bad" guy. I mentioned that Ambush is a very popular episode with fans.
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Crystal Lowe was promoting her film "A Little Bit Zombie". She was in 4 episodes of S9, playing Vala, sister to Faora. I thought she & Sharon Taylor as Faora both gave strong performances.
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And in her first episode, she got to be carried by Tom!
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Me: "You had an interesting arc on Smallville. Your character starts out having a crush on Clark, then is suspicious of his motives, then finally makes the pivotal decision to trust him."
Crystal: "It was not hard at all to pretend to have a crush on Tom! He's so sweet."
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I also saw Michael in "Hit & Run" this weekend....lots of Michael!
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It's a fun little movie. Some of the dude humour misfired but Kristen Bell anchors the plot. Often in the "cars & guns" genre, the female character learns to "loosen up" and appreciate the guy for who he is. In this movie, she orders him to change & he does so, willingly.

Michael's character is written as a jerk but as usual he makes him more likeable than written, his concern for KB's character seeming very genuine.
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And this scene was very nice on the big screen. Just saying.
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Vid Clip of Shirtless Michael
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[User Picture]From: la_belle_isa
2012-08-27 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the con report! I'm amazed each time at how well prepared you are to meet with the celebrities! I'm sure they're flattered. Seriously, I didn't remember Toufexis in anything other then Ambush.
Nice Michael scene! ;)
Are you planning to go to the Montreal con?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-08-27 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm amazed each time at how well prepared you are to meet with the celebrities! I'm sure they're flattered.
I hope so - that's nice to think! Everyone so far has been happy to chat about Smallville so it seems like it was a nice show to work on.

Are you planning to go to the Montreal con?
Probably not this year. I really only travel for Cons if Michael goes (or Tom, but sadly the odds of Tom at a Con seem slim.) Still keeping an eye on Montreal just in case Michael books last minute. Are you going?



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[User Picture]From: la_belle_isa
2012-08-28 03:25 pm (UTC)
//Still keeping an eye on Montreal just in case Michael books last minute. Are you going?//
Yes I am. I live close to Montreal so it's no trouble. They changed venue for a bigger one this year. That con is growing!

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-08-29 12:08 am (UTC)
They changed venue for a bigger one this year. That con is growing!
That's great! The more Cons in Canada the better. And you've got a great line-up of guests, including Smallville people. Maybe they'll do a Smallville panel with Laura, James & Sam?
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[User Picture]From: la_belle_isa
2012-08-29 03:13 pm (UTC)
//Maybe they'll do a Smallville panel with Laura, James & Sam?//
They're actually doing a Smallville panel with Laura & Aaron! James has a panel on his own and Sam is with the Being Human panel.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-08-29 05:35 pm (UTC)
I forgot Aaron was going too! That should be a good panel - sure Tom will get a mention!
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