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SUBJECT: Firefly/Serenity Convention
Science Fiction fans are the most loyal in the world; they’ll even come out to cheer on the stars of a TV series, Firefly, that only lasted two seasons, ending in 2003, and its critically-acclaimed subsequent 2004 movie, Serenity, that didn’t bring in enough box office revenue to qualify for a sequel. But to hear the audience who packed into a room at the Marriot Hotel in Burbank, California, burst into applause when members of the cast came on stage, you’d think it was the highest-rated show on TV now.
Ron Glass, who played the preacher, Shepherd Book, was the first to appear, proudly wearing his Barak Obama hat. When someone in the first row made a comment about it, the actor admitted that he was not political, but he felt this year it was time for him to ‘take a stand.’ The actor seemed to enjoy the repartee with the fans, laughing and joking, never sitting down, telling behind-the-scenes stories from the series and movie as he strutted back and forth across the stage.
He laughed as he remembered the phone call he received from Joss Whedon about the movie Serenity. “He said, ‘This is a good news/bad news call – the good news is we’re making the movie, the bad new is you die in it.’” The actor confessed he was not thrilled with the storyline and turned it down, but after Whedon rewrote it, and he received a phone call from his fellow cast member Nathan Fillion, Glass decided to participate even though he still acknowledges that it’s a painful subject.
When the series ended, Staite admitted that she took the ‘Kaylee’s Room’ door sign home with her. “Nathan took everything else – I’m not joking. I was concerned; I thought he was playing Firefly at home by himself. He actually gave me Alliance money once, and I told him, ‘It’s not real money you know!’”
Of her role as Cameron, the Terminator sent into the past to save John Connors’ life, the actress recalled, “When I got the role Joss phoned me and said something I didn’t expect, and that was how moved he was by the robot in the movies, and I really tried to [be moving] with my Terminator.”
Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top
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