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Nathan Fillion - "Castle" Tv Series - Usatoday.com Interview 2

Tuesday 22 September 2009, by Webmaster

Yesterday I posted the first part of my chat with Nathan Fillion, in which the actor discussed Castle, Joss Whedon and other popular topics. Today, you guys command the interview with questions about Twitter, music and more. Incidentally, Castle: The Complete First Season arrives on DVD today, so now you can catch up on episodes you may have missed.

We return to our leisurely lunch:

Nathan Fillion stars with Stana Katic in ABC’s Castle.

Were you ever in any way officially associated with the Green Lantern movie? — -AJ-

No. But that was a wicked — did you ever see ...? (Note: Nathan is referring to this amazing fan-created Green Lantern trailer.)

Oh, yeah.

So incredible. My friend PJ Haarsma came to my house, and someone sent him a link. Neither of us thought it was going to be anything big. We played that thing on my computer and immediately called everybody inside from the barbecue and played it on the big-screen TV. I was floored. I thought, "Wow. Someone put a lot of work into that." It was brilliant.

What are you enjoying most about Twitter? You write the best tweets! — Kcat10

The brevity. I like that it has to be so short. I like that there’s no maintenance, I don’t have to log on and accept page after page of friend requests. People are just there. A tweet — you can glance at it, you got it. And I follow people I actually know, and then I can know what they’re up to, and it feels good. There’s people I haven’t seen in a long time ... Juliet Landau. I never see her, but I know what she’s up to all the time! It’s great.

You seem pretty accessible and yet still private. How do you strike that balance? — Lisa

Hmm. That’s a good question. I don’t think my story or my thoughts on matters are private. My personal life — what I’m up to in my relationships — that’s private.

My job as an actor is to entertain. I boycotted TMZ long ago. I thought things with paparazzi would change after the whole Lady Di thing. I think it’s really sad and ought to be illegal. But it’s going to continue until people stop wanting to ... I mean, I want to believe the best in people. I want to believe that people, given the opportunity, can make the best choice. At the same time, when someone’s enjoying success and having a good time and doing their own thing, there are people out there who’d rather see them fall. So until people can shift that mindset and put those paparazzi-type businesses out of business, reduce the demand, it’s going to continue.

Do you get into Halloween at all? Got any costume ideas so far? — greenyjess

Oh, I love Halloween. I’ve had some pretty phenomenal Halloween costumes. Here in New York, I found a bundle of branches on my street, they were so beautiful. And I said, "I’m gonna do something with those." So I built arms that looked like arms of a skeleton ... they were really long. They had flexible, spring-loaded knuckles. I strapped on these giant shoulder pads, put on a skeleton mask, I widened out a choir robe, put on these drywaller stilts. ... I was a nine-foot-tall, super-long-armed, Grim Reaper thing. It was the only costume I’ve ever had that really petrified people.

Do you follow any sports or sports teams here in the U.S. or anywhere? — Elisa H.

I used to be an Oilers fan. When I was growing up in Edmonton, the Edmonton Oilers had a 19-year-old Wayne Gretzky, who smashed Bobby Orr’s records and became the greatest hockey player in the world. It was a very exciting time to be a hockey fan in Edmonton. And then I moved to the States and I stopped following hockey, and I never really got into basketball. Football moves too slow for me. You can’t really beat a bunch of guys with blades on their feet, slapping a rock around with sticks.

I’ve never been to a hockey game, but it sounds pretty intense.

Really? It’s so exciting! Someone said to me one time, "Hockey’s so slow." Excuse me? Hockey’s the rocket of sports!

I’d like to know your favorite band/concert experience. — Snarkygirl08

I’m gonna say it’s a tie. I saw two concerts both at the same venue, the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The first one was Martin Sexton. Incredible singer. Los Angeles isn’t a very "we’re all in this together" city; I find that people are kind of isolated, a little fearful about being open and kind. But Martin Sexton and everybody in this whole concert arena waving back and forth and singing out loud — very loud — they were singing so loudly, and it was so soulful and uplifting and angelic. It was a beautiful song (Black Sheep), and the audience became the backup vocals and it was just beautiful. I walked away from there with my heart beating hard.

And in the same venue, Jason Mraz, within the last year. He is a showman with this very casual attitude and incredible confidence. I know he’s working really hard, yet he has this way of making it look like he’s not doing anything at all. I walked away from that one with my face hurting because I was smiling so much. You know that feeling you get when you’re playing Rock Band on drums — your face hurts because you’re smiling so hard? ... But usually, I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to a live concert. I’m not a fan of crowds.

Really? I go to shows all the time.

But when I get there, I love it.

I know, it’s the best feeling.

You get those moments where it’s just you and the performer ... you’re locked into something. And that’s a good show.

Tell us more about this art project you’ve been involved with in London, please? — Wendy S.

A guy named Martin Firrell is doing a project. He said, "We need to redefine what a hero is for our time." He was looking for a face of what a hero is for the 21st century. He saw Serenity, and he called my manager, and I thought it was a great idea. ... He put it online, and people started e-mailing him and how they felt about it. So now the project isn’t so much about his thoughts and feelings but everybody who has been sending it in, (including) a lot of soldiers. If you don’t cry reading this stuff, you’re a robot. And that’s coming up in London — I think Nov. 4, 5 and 6 — and I’m going to try to get down there.

Any other movies in the pipeline? — dawnk

I have a movie coming out that I did years ago when I was working on Desperate Housewives called Trucker with Michelle Monaghan, who did an incredible job. It’s (about) a woman who’s a trucker. There’s nothing big or explosive about it, it’s just a story about people who are just people and trying to make it work, and it’s really quite beautiful.

Thanks to all of you for the great questions, and thanks to Nathan for answering them! If you missed last night’s Castle, you can watch it on Hulu.