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Joss Whedon has answered your questions from www.whedon.info !!

Friday 30 September 2005, by Webmaster

Questions from : www.buffy.nu/www.whedon.info (10 questions answered — thank you so much Joss !!)
1) Have you ever had writer’s block? How’d you overcome it?

Joss Whedon : Lots. The trick is to walk away, either to another script or to some good old mindless veging out.
The other trick is not to give up right away ’cause you’re lazy and you wanna play. But if it ain’t comin’, it ain’t.
2) If you knew you were going to spend the next 10 years on a desert island and could only take 5 books with you, which books would you take?
(excluding "How to Survive on a Desert Island" and "Raft Building for Fun and Profit" ;-)

Joss Whedon : Assuming they’re books I’ve already read:
1) A Little Princess
2) Dombey and Son
3) Dune
4) Hitchcock by Truffaut
5) Pride and Prejudice
3) What is Inara’s secret? What’s the black liquid in that vial she had?

Joss Whedon : Nice try.
4) Why is it that in most of your stories the most powerful or mythical characters are females ?

Joss Whedon : I likes ’em. My interest in women is mainly their strength. My interest in men is mainly their flaws.
I realize both have both, but that’s how it falls out. It’s an identification with Otherness — call it Cinematic Drag.
5) Joss, I was lucky enough to be at the premiere in Edinburgh. What were your impressions of the event?

Joss Whedon : Edinburgh was wonderful — beautiful city, happy fans, and most of my dear peeps about. And I even liked the haggis, Sam I Am.
6) Any chance of us seeing another instalment of ’Firefly’ as a TV series? I’m thrilled about the movie, but I need more!

Joss Whedon : Hard to say. The Movie has to be a hit before these questions become relevant.
7) Joss, first of all, thank you for everything you have contributed to TV and movies!!!
My question is, what was the biggest stumbling block with Serenity, and how did you overcome it?
(Example, not given a big enough budget,not allowed to do a certain fight scene, or whatever.)

Joss Whedon : Writing the damn thing. Hardest structure ever.
8) My question is this: do you enjoy coming up with names for the characters and places in the Firefly ’Verse.
It seems that you put a lot of thought and meaning into the names you choose.
What do you use as inspiration? Literature, other films, music etc or other sources?

Joss Whedon : I love naming, and it’s VERY hard. Planets, I usually take from mythology or literature (or old names or translations) but personal names carry so much weight.
I’ve often been blocked for DAYS on a script because I don’t have one characters name and I can’t write without it. It has to sound like them, embody them.
9) While filming Serenity were there any moments when you all cracked up laughing because of something hilariously funny?
If there was can you say what happened?

Joss Whedon : Having Nathan around means I cracked up every day. No anecdotes, though — we had a schedule to keep!
10) What has made you so interested in the Sci-Fi/Paranormal genre? What about the genre makes you retain your interest?

Joss Whedon : Sci-fi is another world, and have you taken a look at this one lately?

Questions from : www.whedonesque.com (2 questions answered)
Watching the movie, I could not tell if any stunt men/women were used in the action sequences. There must have been, but it didn’t show. How much of the fighting scenes that involve River was done by Summer Glau herself?

Summer did almost everything (save two wire gags) herself. She was my secret weapon — best action hero in this country. Nathan and Chewitel also did most of theirs. Lotta bored stunt doubles!
Joss, which of the nine people on Serenity do you most identify with and why?

Worf, ’cause he’s leathery but gentle.

Questions from : www.destinything.com (1 question answered)
First all, a big thank you to everyone involved for taking the time to include webmasters in the promotion of Serenity. It’s great to be able to give something back to Joss after so many years of entertainment! With regards my question, whilst reading an extract of the "Serenity" novel, I was struck by a line claiming that River was particularly afraid of a certain crew member. This got me wondering how much involvement you have with novelisations. Do you provide specific background details such as this and, on a similar note, has there ever been a proposed plot development in a "Buffy" or "Angel" novel where you’ve had to put your foot down?

I don’t have much involvement. I just don’t have time. If I started to read them I’d just get frustrated and have to write them myself. This would cause fewer movies and shows. I just whistle and look the other way. Hope ya like ’em!

Questions from : www.morenabaccarin.net (1 question answered)
The whole cast have been excellent at promoting Serenity, often travelling large distances to attend events; how does their enthusiasm and commitment compare to those of other projects you’ve been involved in?

Nothing compares to the work these guys have done promoting the film — and nothing is nicer than flying to a faraway land to find yourself surrounded by good friends who are all wicked pretty. It should always be like this.

Questions from : www.geocites.com/leafanone/AllAboutAdamBaldwin.htm (1 question answered)
Joss, why did you avoid letting Jayne and The Operative go at it (fight I mean) in Serenity? Jayne for president!

You totally gave away the sequel! (The president thing, I mean. Jayne would never fight the Operative — they are timid men.)

Questions from : www.browncoatevents.com (2 questions answered)
Hey Joss, I’ve heard lots about the now famous Shakespeare readings at your house. I wondered if you would ever consider directing a stage play (Shakespeare or anything else) and if so which play would you choose and who would be your dream actors to play the main roles?

I wouldn’t hate doing "Much Ado" with Amy and Alexis...

Questions from : nathan-fillion.net/badinlatin (2 questions answered)
Do you have a fascination with feet (and if so, why?), or, why do you have so many shots of feet in the movie?

Sigh... see, Summer’s a dancer, and she acts from the ground up. In Objects in Space, the physical connection between her and the ship was key, and it became a motif... maybe that’s all just rationalization for something darker, but how dark can it be? It’s feet!
What did the two animal handlers mentioned on the end titles of Serenity contribute to the filming process?

They kept it real, bro’.

Questions from : www.buffy.com.au (2 questions answered)
Given your position at the moment, where do you see yourself in 5 years? Is motion picture greatness where you wish to be?

And TV greatness, and Broadway greatness, and chocolately goodness... I want it all. But honestly, rehab.
You’ve made an extensive effort to spend some quality time with your fans in Australia, what with the pub visit on the Sunday to the Q&A sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings just gone. Is this something that you’re prepared to do if that is what it takes to ride a continual wave of success or is this more in your own mantra to recognise the fans for their support and as such give something back.

I had a free day. When you tour, you’re supposed to talk to the press (and hoo doggy did I) but you wanna see your peeps, and not just for the length of your name signing. I couldn’t do it every night (raging ego/hangover) but it’s nice when I can.

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