Maymay had the privilege of speaking with some seriously cool people!
We had the honor of meeting and talking with Wizard World CEO John Macaluso. This guy is uber friendly and approachable, and obviously genuinely cares about his staff and the guests visiting the Wizard Wold conventions. I was thrilled for the chance to thank him for the way Maymay was treated by most of the Wizard World Staff, especially Jerry Milani, and to make sure he knew how much it meant. I even got a huge hug, and he spent some time explaining the importance of hiring people he trusts and cares about. This guy absolutely leads by example. (AND he has a super cool pic with Stan freaking Lee!)
Some of the cool things I saw and people I met...
M Night Shyamalan
When two federal agents go missing in Wayward Pines, Idaho, Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke -- one of Seattle's best agents -- sets out to find them. One of the missing agents is Ethan's former partner, Kate, with whom he had a relationship that almost destroyed his marriage. After Ethan is involved in a car accident upon his arrival in the seemingly perfect town, he wakes up in the hospital without his wallet, ID or money, and cannot find a working phone to contact anyone at home. When Ethan's wife learns of his disappearance, she and their teenage son begin a search that only leads to more questions. First episode: May 14, 2015.
The Q&A with M Night Shyamalan was after the screening. He is charming, funny, and quick to laugh. He talked about the show for a while and even gave a few spoilers. He explained casting and everything that went into the making of Wayward Pines. Mr. Shyamalan was completely engaging and it was a joy to hear all he was so willing to share with us.
About 45 minutes. Now if you mean the make up too, well, that took about three hours. So, about four hours total.
What was your favorite part about filming Chuck? You played a bad guy, a Fulcrum agent. Do you like to play the bad guy?
It was fast, easy, and fun. I liked being on Chuck. It was a good show and great people. Yeah, it was fun.
You played Yondu in Guardian of the Galaxy, and Agent Mauser in Chuck. Which character did you prefer?
I love Yondu. He's this big tough guy with a big heart. You think he's just big and tough. He really has a big heart and I love that about him. I loved being Yondu.
Thank you for your time.
Well, you're welcome, but don't you have another question? I said four, remember?
Come on. I know you can think of just one more. (Smiled HUGE at her!) I'm gonna give you time for one more question. What do you think?
I'd like that, but I don't have a question ready.
(laughing) Okay. But I'm sure you can come up with something off the top of your head. You know I was on another show. Ever hear of The Walking Dead?
Yes, but I never watched it.
Oh. I was on it. I played a guy named Merle.
Did you like it?
Yeah. I liked it.
Ooh, Iron Man. He's charismatic. He has this dark twinkle in his eyes. He's a very complex man.
Is Agent Carter still looking for Steve Rogers?
I think that she is trying to grieve. She is trying to let him go. It is her way of letting Steve live on.
What was it like to work with Chris Evans?
So hot! He's beautiful, isn't he? I don't think he wants anyone to know this, but oh well I'm saying it. He is a great musician. He tap dance, he's actually quite a good dancer. He has a very positive energy. It's contagious.
Thank you for talking with me.
You're welcome. Thank you for talking with me.
What do you like best about working with the Flash?
I get to do things on Flash that I don't get to do on Arrow. Because Flash speeds around, and there is a lot of CGI, I basically stand there and get punched as Flash is running around me. Trust me, it looks uber cool.
Stephan answered so many of his fans questions with humor and a smile. It's easy to see why he is hugely popular on social media. He really was a great guy.
Living my dream. I got to have my childhood dream, from when I was nine years old, I got to have that dream come true. It doesn't get better than that. That's a dream. To grow up and be a rock star. I got to do that.
What's your favorite Twisted Sister song?
You'd think it was I Wanna Rock, or We're Not Gonna Take It, but it's not. My favorite song is not only one of my favorites, but also defined to me Twisted Sister, and it shows that at our core, we are a Heavy Metal Rock n’ Roll band, first and foremost. That song is “You can’t stop Rock n’ Roll”. That song is special.
What were your thoughts when you first heard your song on the radio?
Ya know, I'm gonna tell you something. Not about the first time I heard my song on the radio, but the time it blew my mind. My record came out while we were on tour in England. When I got home I knew it was being played on the radio. I got in my car, turned on the radio and heard my song. I thought it was cool, and then turned to another station. It was playing! I thought that was really cool, and then I thought about the third rock station. I quickly tuned to the third station...and it was playing! That's when I knew I had made it. Let me ask you a question. Do you know Twisted Sister's music?
Yes! My mom always listens to your music and I grew up listening to you.
You have a good mom. (Dee turned to me) You're a good mom. This is parenting done right. (Dee pointed to the crowd, the crowd laughed, and he turned back to Maymay) You're a smart and incredibly beautiful young lady. Hey mom. You're raised a beautiful and bright young lady. You raised her right!
How do you prepare to film an intense scene?
I have techniques as an actress. Secrets. It's all about being int he moment, and not a lot of us do it. You have controlled chaos, then internal chaos. Your emotions are very...Well, I find them fascinating. I'm not a person who can just switch it on. Now, Rose Byrne, she just could do it. She would be sitting there, legs waving in the air, could be laughing. Then, they would call action and the tears would come. it's incredible. I can get close, but not like Rose. Some levels it's easy to cull up everything. I was in a vulnerable place.
Do you ever feel real fear while filming?
It's all real fear. Getting into the character and being on set, in the moment makes it real.
What's it like to play Gotham's best detective?
A lot of fun! It's a wild, wild ride.
Do you think you have anything in common with Jim Gordon?
I'd like to think, maybe. I hope so. I try to be honest.
When you were a kid did you ever picture yourself as a character from Batman?
No no no no. It's a dream come true.
James and Oliver Phelps
What was the coolest experience while filming Harry Potter?
Oliver: Dancing. You may not know this, but we weren't dancers, so we had dance lessons for the Yule Ball scene in the Goblet of Fire. It was terrific.
James: This is so hard! So many things over the ten years we filmed Harry Potter. Ten years. (They looked at each other and grinned in a completely Fred and George manner!) I'd have to say meeting and working with Michael Gambon. It was really exciting.
What is your favorite role? Why?
Jeff Buckley. That was, creatively, leagues beyond any role I've played. The process of playing him was deep.
Who was the best person to hang out with behind the scenes of John Tucker Must Die?
Jesse. Jesse and I had a lot of fun. It was shot at the same time as She's the Man.
Do you relate to any of your characters?
All of them. Different characters in different ways. Jeff the most. he is (was) real. He represents archetypes of human consciousness. The arrogance and fear of man. Dan represents, I don't know...the insecurity and ambition, and the openness of creativity. the more work you put in, the more you get out of them.
What was it like being on an iconic show like Beverly Hills 90210?
It was a crazy good time. I was too young to realize how cool it was at the time, and I'm sorry about that. I really liked my character Noah. He was always in trouble, but he had a big heart. He was a good kid. He reminded me of someone I knew.
What was your favorite part of the show?
My character was complex. He was more than a trouble maker. He was good..(laughing) yeah, he was complex.
Do you still talk with any of your fellow cast members?
Yes! I still keep up with a few of them. I just talked with Jennie Garth the other day. I was lucky and worked with some pretty great people.
If you got to go on an adventure in real life that was just like one of your movies, would you choose being a secret agent or being able to make someone tell the truth no matter what?
Big Fat Liar was really fun, but it's every young boy's fantasy to be like James Bond. It's like save the day, get the girl. I'd definitely choose Agent Cody Banks.
What was the best thing that happened while filming Monte Carlo?
My favorite part about filming Monte Carlo was finally getting to Monte Carlo. We filmed it, for the most part, in Budapest. We only did the last few few weeks of filming in Monte Carlo.
If you could describe Black Canary in one word what would it be?
Badass. No hesitation at all.
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