Nathan Fillion talks “Firefly” and how proud he is of Joss Whedon


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It was clear from the get-go that the “Serenity” screening that closed out the Hero Complex Film Festival on Sunday was the biggest draw to the fest. The event sold out within days of the line-up being announced, and the line for the screening started three hours prior to it beginning. With Nathan Fillion slated to come attend, fans had their “Firefly” shirts on and Whedonverse questions at the ready following the movie’s big screen showing.

Like “Freaks and Geeks” and “Arrested Development,” “Firefly” is one of those beloved programs that never quite found its audience on the small screen but has had an extended, passionate life on DVD. It was Joss Whedon‘s first post-“Buffy”/”Angel” TV series, and one that remains near and dear to his heart. After it was cancelled in 2003, Whedon was able to make a feature film called “Serenity” that came out in 2005 to cap off some of the unfinished storylines in the show. The movie didn’t quite make back its $39 million budget in its worldwide release, but it was clear that it was created for Whedon’s fans, not for profit.

Considering how popular Whedon has become now with the success of “The Avengers,” Fillion made it clear how proud he is that his frequent collaborator is now a household name.

“I find it very, very vindicating, and I think you all will too, being that I think everyone here in this room is a Joss Whedon fan, I think that’s fairly safe to say … we all know the man’s a genius,” Fillion said. “We all know how clever he is, and how he can really reach down and get you. Now everyone knows. And now these guys [executives] know too.”

The two of them have worked together on “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and, more recently, Whedon’s take on “Much Ado About Nothing.” Fillion opened up about the experience shooting the project, saying that he almost backed out due to his inability to memorize his Shakespeare lines and his commitment to his ABC show, “Castle.”

“With kind words of encouragement and ‘don’t worry about its,’ [Whedon] would not let me chicken out,” Fillion said. “Thank god, because I had a great time. It eventually clicked, and I had a great time.”

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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