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FireflyNathan Fillion Was Heartbroken Over ’Firefly’ Cancellation
Monday 10 January 2005, by Webmaster
Nathan Fillion, star of the upcoming movie "Serenity," recently said that he was heartbroken over the cancellation of "Firefly," the Fox television show the film was based on.
Fillion reprises the role of Capt. Mal Reynolds, skipper of a transport spaceship 400 years in the future. He said he welcomed the chance to revisit the world the show was based on, created by Joss Whedon, who also wrote and directed "Serenity."
"The series being canceled was such a heartbreak," Fillion told Sci-Fi Wire. "I broke the cardinal rule: Don’t fall in love with what you’re doing because the rug can get yanked out from underneath you. And when it did, I was heartbroken. Then Joss really had it in his head that he was going to get it made into a movie, and that’s a great dream. I really wanted it to happen, but I couldn’t fall in love with that idea again just to be heartbroken again.
"So we got the green light, Joss wrote a script, everything was rolling, we started doing rehearsals, we actually started filming. However, I don’t think it actually settled in until about three weeks into filming that we were actually making the movie."
The actor said that he’s enjoying the transition to film from television.
"Yeah, it’s a little different," he said during a break in filming on the film’s Universal Studios set last August. "We had eight days to put on a one-hour show. Now, we’ve got the better part of three months to put out a two-hour show. So the timing is a little different. But certainly I can tell that the quality is also extremely different."
Fillion added that he isn’t worried about making the transition from television star to headliner of a big-budget Hollywood movie.
"I don’t feel a lot of that pressure," he said. "My schedule is much the same as it was on the series: I’m here a lot. But I get to perform with everybody in the cast. I get to have great scenes with all of these great characters that I fell in love with."
And the possibility of more Firefly-Serenity projects in the future?
"I really hope people enjoy this movie," Fillion said. "I hope folks who weren’t fans of the series will catch this and maybe go get the DVD collection and say, ’What was I missing?’"
"Serenity" opens Sept. 30.