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Nathan Fillion in the 15 actors’ winking nods to past characters

Monday 29 March 2010, by Webmaster

1. Nathan Fillion, Castle

Fans of the ill-fated Firefly weren’t able to let the short-lived series slip into oblivion without a fight. And while Nathan Fillion, who played the show’s wisecracking spaceship captain Malcolm Reynolds, moved on to play the novelist-turned-detective Richard Castle on ABC’s Castle, he clearly still has a soft spot for Firefly. In the episode “Vampire Weekend,” Fillion shows off his Halloween costume to his teenage daughter Alexis—a getup that looks suspiciously like Mal’s. When Alexis asks what he’s supposed to be, Fillion shrugs and answers, “Space cowboy,” while a sly approximation of Firefly’s incidental music plays in the background. Alexis retorts, “Didn’t you wear that, like, five years ago? Don’t you think you should move on?”

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