In geeky circles, Nathan Fillion is truly a god among men. So you’ll be happy to know that he is the cover boy for Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue, which hits the newstands today. And you’ll probably want to check it out for more than just the pretty pictures—because he’ll be talking Firefly:
Fillion is more polite than mostâ€”with fans, costars, journalistsâ€”because he occupies a special place in Hollywood. It started back in 2002, when, thanks to a few key roles from the mind of Joss Whedonâ€”Capt. Mal Reynolds in Firefly and its big-screen adaptation, Serenity; an evil preacher in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and a vain superhero in Dr. Horribleâ€™s Sing-Along Blogâ€”Fillion began receiving A-list treatment from sci-fi fans, even if he wasnâ€™t quite an A-lister himself. And he was more than happy to play to that audience. â€œI think of Galaxy Quest and the plight of those pigeonholed actors who donâ€™t do anything except for conventions,â€ he says. â€œTo be pigeonholed as a Malcolm Reynolds? Uh, dream. Winning.â€
And what’s it like dealing with all those fans?
Fillion can usually tell his two rabid fan bases apart within seconds of their approach. â€œCastle fansâ€”Iâ€™ll say 75 percent of the timeâ€”are women, and they light up. They go [eyes and mouth open]. They get really excited,â€ he says. â€œFirefly fans will see me, do a double take, stop, nod, and say, â€˜Captainâ€™ with an air of â€˜I know what youâ€™ve been through. Iâ€™ve been there too.â€™ A guy did it to me in a furniture store the other day. I was walking by, and he saw me, stopped, stood up straight, and said, â€˜Captain,â€™ and I nodded and said, â€˜As you were.â€™ â€
He’s also sporting a Green Lantern shirt, which is likely a nod to rumors that he was in the running for the Green Lantern role that eventually went to Ryan Reynolds.
If you still want to see him as a superhero, you’ll have a chance when Super hits the theaters on April 1st.