|Chicago Con! Michael, Smallville, Brandon Routh & more
||[Aug. 13th, 2013|10:19 pm]
Had a great time in Chicago - excellent fangirl company, gorgeous city and lots of beautiful men to look at! I attended panels with Brandon Routh, Manu Bennett, Will Yun Lee, a solo Michael panel and a Smallville panel with Michael, Allison, James & Aaron!|
Brandon didn't get to talk much at the Superman panel (Neal Adams dominated) but wow, was he great to look at!
He was asked what direction he'd have liked to see a sequel to "Superman Returns" take and he wanted more of the Clark/Lois love story. He believes Clark Kent is the true hero, because he's the incarnation of Superman that people can talk to; they're in awe of Superman, they are themselves with Clark.
Manu Bennett of "the Hobbit", "Spartacus" & "Arrow" was thoughtful and lovely. I didn't know much about him prior to his panel but left a fan. Fanboys kept asking about his martial arts training & Manu explained that his dance training was more important for the work he does now.
Hugging a fan dressed as Naevia from Spartacus.
Will Yun Lee is on H50 & has been in loads of movies, including Wolverine. His panel was short but very funny. His Korean parents didn't accept his career until he was mentioned in a tiny paragraph in a Korean newspaper & his mum still rates his movies this way: "You die?" and "You no smile?" He told a hilarious story about playing Ice T's "adopted ninja son" in a TV movie and having to do a rap about chopsticks.
Michael, as always, raced into his panel and took charge! Instead of fans coming up to the mike, he ran around demanding people ask him questions. One person asked the weirdest thing a fan has done when meeting him. He mentioned being groped but added that most fans are great *comes over to our row*: "Except this group. They're TROUBLE!" Then he insisted we say our Michael-given nicknames into the mike, while I tried to sink back in my seat.
I love watching other fans react to him. Lots of laughs in his panels.
There was one bad question (not asked by fan in picture, who was sweet.) A different person asked if it was true "Tom. W is a douche like everyone says." Michael defused it: he said Tom was sweet to him, the one quarrel they had in 10 years, they hugged it out. He added that Tom is shy. Before moving onto the next question he said "that was really uncomfortable." The person who asked was young but why would you put Michael on the spot by being rude about his friend & colleague?
Fan gets a cuddle...
..and a giggle.
The Smallville Panel in a rare serious moment!
Michael & Allison had to share a mike which led to cuteness.
Allison: “I worked with the most beautiful cast on television! It was not hard. It wasn’t difficult.”
Michael: “Actually she was talking about Tom. I was the quirky weird guy…”
Allison: “So was I.”
Michael: "I've got a question. I'd like to know why Aaron is trying to be Lex Luthor today, with his hair. What's going on, buddy?"
Aaron: "You had a massive impact on me, Michael. I didn't want to be embarrassed by it but you brought it up. You've really, really affected me. That performance...and I'm taking a page out of your book."
Michael: "You know what? I'm learning a lot from you too!"
Fan to Allison: "Who's the best kisser on the show?"
Aaron:"Say what you must, Allison!"
Allison: "Well, you can't get much better than Jimmy Olsen!"
Michael: "You can...but you haven't tried." *kisses her cheek*
James to Allison: "You had fun being Brainiac?"
Allison: ""Omigod, such a good time! I got to beat up Tom."
James: "You beat him up?"
Allison: "I picked him up over my head."
James: "He always beat me - I never won a fight with him!"
Tactless fan: "I didn't watch Smallville because of Tom-"
Michael: "GET OUT!"
Tactless fan to Allison: "You were the smart girl. You weren't like beautiful, gorgeous, long brown hair, really tall..."
James to Allison: "But you are gorgeous."
Michael: "YES SHE IS."
Michael talks about crying on his last day on set: "I just started crying, it was really emotional. It was a family for a long time. I think even Tom cries. He always acts tough, like "I'm Tom. I don't need anybody!" That's bullshit. The guy cries more than anybody. He's probably crying right now because he's not here with us! In Chicago!"
OMG, I'm in heaven reading this!! Wonderful pics, wonderful stories!! I just love all these people to pieces. I'm so happy for you that you could go and see Michael again, and that each time his bond with your little group of special fans becomes stronger. You're so generous to always share your experiences with us! Thank you so much, with extra special thanks for the quotes about Tom! ♥
Brandon Routh is great. I follow him and Courtney Ford on Twitter, and I have so much admiration for him. I think he embodies Clark Kent, and Superman, just about as much as any human can. Loved what he said about Clark. Plus he never takes himself too seriously. He was too funny on The Daly Show. I actually loved Partners, his show that was cancelled after just a handful of episodes.
I wonder if there is anyone more loyal and gracious than Michael. I don't know how the whole world doesn't worship this guy. And he's totally talented and hot, too! Can't wait to see Back in the Day!
Thanks, hon! I had a great time & am always grateful there are folks who will let me squee about it afterwards!
Brandon Routh is great. I follow him and Courtney Ford on Twitter, and I have so much admiration for him.
I got a photo with him & the man is 10 feet tall, unbelievably gorgeous and sweet as pie. I love him on twitter too - such a conscientious person.
Thank you so much, with extra special thanks for the quotes about Tom! ♥
One I didn't manage to record was Michael ranting about how he had to memorize reams of exposition while Tom would say "I don't know, Lex" and stand there "looking tall, dark and handsome."
I wonder if there is anyone more loyal and gracious than Michael. I don't know how the whole world doesn't worship this guy.
He certainly got loads of love in Chicago! At the Sv panel, one fanboy thanked Michael for making his birthday memorable. "The cheek brush was awkward...but you gave me one of the coolest birthday memories ever..." One of the great pleasures of Cons is watching other fans discover Michael. He noticed one shy fan at the back of the room "Come on up, brother" and that fan asked one of the better questions. He always finds a way to make the thousands of fans he talks to at a Con, each feel like they've had their own unique moment with him.
I have a friend who grumbled about James sharing his panel with "that Smallville guy" one year at Dragon-Con, and then she went and became Michael's biggest converted fan. She bought multiple autographs and photo ops, just to spend more time with him. Everyone falls head over heels for him!
Thanks for one more Tom goodie. :) Tall, dark and handsome, indeed!
Everyone falls head over heels for him!
He is the Great Seducer!
Michael also zeroed in on a guy in the audience and started petting his hair: "Clark....Clark!"