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Old April 15 2013, 09:19 PM   #31
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Re: Convention Circuit - Most Favorite Person You've Met?

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Brent Spiner - yeah, you heard me. Brent Spiner. I was really nervous about meeting him; Data's always been my fave TNG character, but knowing Brent's reputation for being a bit of a joke I didn't want to make an idiot of myself and provide an opening for the guy who played my fave TNG character to rip me a new one.



But it didn't go like that at all. If fact, out of all the TNG cast he was the easiest of all of them to chat to, switching back and forth between normal and marvellously gloriously crazy all over the place ("You're just the man to answer a question that's been plaguing me for literally two whole seconds!"). I don't remember how we got there from him asking me where I was from but he ended up doing his Patrick Stewart impression and reciting a chunk of The Merchant of Venice at me. I know some people find his silliness a bit hard to cope with, but honestly I find silliness comes much more easily to me than "Hi how are you?" style small talk so it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. Saw him again at DSTL last year, and got a fistbump and a "Great to see you again, man!", which made me feel pretty good.
Hey, I was at that con the picture is from too, London Film & Comic Con 2011, right? I got the same photo signed by him.

That was actually the best meeting I've had with a Trek celebrity. Not my favorite guest, but the conversation was the best I've had, probably with any celebrity I've ever met.

Normally when I've met other Trek stars, I've been nervous as hell, but since I'm not really a huge TNG fan, I felt kind of relaxed meeting Spiner. He was in a great mood at that moment. Asked where I was from, when I said I was Swedish he asked me where in Sweden, told me he'd been there and stuff. He could spell both mine and my friends name without me having to spell it for him, which most others have needed help with.

When on the subject of Sweden, he asked me if I was a film buff, to which I confirmed. He then asked me if I like Ingemar Bergman movies, when I said I didn't, he joked a bit with me and went on to tell a joke involving Max Von Sydow. He was pleased that I laughed at the joke even though I wasn't a fan of Bergman.

Anyway, we must have chatted for several minutes with a huge line of fans waiting to meet him. He really took the time to talk to the fans and seemed to enjoy the conversations quite a bit.

I walked away being extremely pleased with the experience. He didn't shake hands, only did fist bumps because he was feeling a cold coming on, or something like that. I regret not asking for a fist bump before I left.

It's funny, here we are two who had a great chat with him at the same convention, yet someone else who attended this convention actually had a rather negative experience with Spiner, similar to what others have written about him.
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Old April 15 2013, 11:53 PM   #32
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Re: Convention Circuit - Most Favorite Person You've Met?

Sometimes I actually stop and wonder if our expectations of the guests are too high or unreasonable.
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Old April 16 2013, 07:41 AM   #33
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Sometimes I actually stop and wonder if our expectations of the guests are too high or unreasonable.
The thing is, they're human. They have good days, and bad days. They might be hung over, they might have just lost out on a role after five auditions, or they might just be feeling a bit under the weather due to eating in strange restaurants, or due to jet lag, or due to having spent the last month filming at night and having to be awake at 9 in the morning to get ready to be on stage and entertain us.

And yet, they have to be "on" for every second that they're in front of us, their fans. They can't let it slip, because if word gets out that they treated a fan badly at a convention - and it will get around, because we talk to each other - they won't be invited to others, and they'll lose a revenue stream. If producers who pay attention to fandom - and some do - see that this actor or that actor is no longer popular among science fiction fans, the odds of them getting future roles diminishes.

Three more quick stories, both from last year's Dragon*Con:

I got in line for John Rhys-Davies' autograph and picked a picture. Now, Mr. Rhys-Davies lives on the Isle of Man. When it was my turn, I mentioned to him that when I was a teenager, I used to collect stamps. When I ran out of Canadian stamps that I could afford, I switched to the Isle of Man because I thought their stamps were quite beautiful.

JR-D: Fantastic! Do you still collect?
Me: No, I gave it up when I started university.
JR-D: Pity. I'll bet you've never met someone who's on a postage stamp. Me and the Queen, we're like this. (At this point, he held up his hand with his index and middle fingers touching.)
Me: When I use that phrase, I usually say (and here I held up my fingers similarly, but with my thumb at a right angle) that I'm the one over here (touching my thumb with my other hand).

John Rhys-Davies has the most wonderful booming laugh I've ever heard.

A few minutes later, over at Saul Rubinek's table, I picked out a photo from his TNG guest appearance in "The Most Toys".

SR: Ah, a man with impeccable taste.
Me: I really admire how you stepped in at the last minute, when David Rappaport committed suicide, and did the episode.
SR: And you're knowledgeable, too!
Me: But there's one thing I can't quite remember.
SR: What's that?
Me: Back in the 80s, you did a series of detective movies on CBC...
SR: Benny Cooperman. How the hell do you know about Benny Cooperman?
Me: I'm Canadian, and I'm older than I look.

I bet he never expected anyone at a science fiction convention to bring that up. (The "I'm Canadian" thing is relevant, because the Benny Cooperman mystery novels are by a Canadian, set in Canada, and CBC, which produced the movies, is one of our national television networks.)

On the Saturday - and I remember specifically that this was late Saturday afternoon - I got in line for autographs from the cast of Being Human (the Canadian version, not the UK - and yes, I call it the Canadian version, because it's shot in Montreal ). The first cast member that I got to was Sam Huntington. I picked out a photo of all three cast members (since all three were there - and I'd neglected to get Meaghan Rath's autograph when she'd been at Polaris a few weeks earlier), and handed it to him to sign.

Me: I just wanted to share with you that I started watching your show with my ex-boyfriend... over Skype. He lives here in Atlanta, and I live in Toronto. We'd pick a show to watch together, and I'm really glad he chose Being Human.
SH: Over Skype! That's... hey, guys, get over here and listen to this!

At this point, he called Sam Witwer and Meaghan Rath over from their tables and had me repeat what I had told him. (This is the same ex I mentioned earlier, who was surprised to learn that I knew KRAD.)

SH: Is he here?
Me: He had to work today, but he's coming by tonight, and he should be here tomorrow.
SH: If you can get here before we have to leave tomorrow, bring him by. We'd love to meet him.

And he signed my photo with the dedication, "To Lance - Skype it up!" Unfortunately, by the time my ex arrived on Sunday, they'd already had to leave for the airport.

Oh, okay, one more... back in 2006, we'd had Richard Hatch from BSG as a guest. That same year, he was at Dragon*Con. Now, I'd co-chaired our convention that year (this was the same year that Garrett Wang was there, when my elevator story took place), and we'd met briefly when I arranged to get him up to his room via an alternate route when the elevators had 30-minute lines to get upstairs (as three of the hotel's five elevators had broken down by Saturday night).

If memory serves, that was also the Dragon*Con where I finally met Evil_Admiral in person (I keep thinking that if I refer to him, he'll come back to the board, like Candyman or Beetlejuice ). Now, I hadn't yet watched BSG, but Evil_Admiral was a big fan. We were wandering through the autograph room when I saw Richard at his table, with nobody around. The woman who had been his liaison at our convention had asked me to say hello for her if I had the opportunity, so I turned to Evil_Admiral and said, "Hang on a sec, I have to pass a message along for someone," and dragged him over to Richard's table.

Me: Hi, Richard!
RA: Hi, Lance. How are you? (Yes, he remembered my name. Yes, that shocked me too, even though it was only about three weeks later.)
Me: Good, thanks. Kim asked me to say hello.
RA: Kim! Lovely woman. Say hi for me.
Me: I will. By the way, this is my friend Brad...

At this point I thought Evil_Admiral was going to faint, but he held it together until we were away from Richard's table... at which point he turned to me and said, "Richard Hatch KNOWS YOU???" (Yeah, he recognized me three weeks after we met. Not too difficult for someone who has to memorize things for a living, I'm sure... it wasn't the first or the last time that's happened.)

And just for fun, I did it again a few minutes later when we bumped into George Takei (who'd also been at our convention three weeks earlier).
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