Nathan said he knows that Castle fans get mad when he talks about Firefly? I don’t think that’s fair because if he just mentioned the show it’d be fine. It’s the context in which he talks about Firefly compared to Castle that matters. It just bothers me how he talks about Castle even as far as saying it’s strawberry ice cream that he just settles for when he’ll always want chocolate which is Firefly. Even if he didn’t mean it as an offense, he has to know how this must feel to some Castle fans.
Looking forward to the video of his panel and the matter of fact tone that I’m sure this was delivered rather than the depreciating/insulting one that people seem to want him to have used. And, from all reports, he never said settle or even implied that he’s settling. That’s a bunch of fans putting words in his mouth because they can’t accept that he isn’t head over ass in love with Castle.
I get that its annoying, sometimes I wish Nathan would stop talking about Firefly, but the fact is that he loves it. It’s the most fun he’s ever had on a set, it was working with a group of people that he still is very close to today, and it was taken away from them unexpectedly and suddenly after months of the best sleep-away camp ever. The fact is that he will never get over it/stop talking about it/stop singing its praises and people are better off just accepting it.
The thing about actors? A job is a job. Actors are happy to be on a set with other actors, delving into a character and running lines. Fillion has never played any character as long as he has played Richard Castle which means that he has never had to sustain interest/carry a lead through six years worth of material. His work outside Castle has largely been supporting/cameo roles because, I suspect, after shooting 14+ hour days ten months of the year, he wants to take a freaking vacation. I don’t blame him, I’d absolutely do the same thing and spend my two months off doing fun little one-off characters that keep me entertained.
The fact is that he is not required to love Castle as much as we do. He obviously enjoys spending time on the set with the cast and crew (for the love of God, do not reply to this with bullshit about Stana. I don’t care.), and clearly has a good time working. So what if it doesn’t equal to the depth of his love and enthusiasm for Firefly. You can’t tell that on the screen, therefore he is doing his job and doing it well and if you think he isn’t? That’s your personal bias coming to play, I’m absolutely sure.
It’s been a busy few days and I had kind of forgotten about this post until I heard the audio file of the SLC panel. After listening to the file I am reminded how terribly easy it is for people to take ANYTHING out of context.
Before I really get into this though, I want to preface this by mentioning that at one of the Castle panels, Penney Johnson Gerald was asked a question about her character from Deep Space Nine. She was very kind, and clear with her answer. She told them she didn’t know, because she wasn’t a fan of the show and that she is aware of what goes on on Castle, because she is a big fan of the show. That doesn’t mean she didn’t give her all on Deep Space Nine. She just wasn’t a fan and Castle fans did not castigate her the way they go after Nathan for everything.
That being said, after listening to the panel, I have even more respect for Nathan. He is set in his beliefs and feelings about the show and he doesn’t let the rantings of some fans cause him to change his feelings for the show. As he stated the Firefly is important to him. Why that can not be respected baffles me. Especially from Castle fans on tumblr who are very quick to get upset when things they believe in and love are not respected.
He was also very complimentary of Castle. And he mentioned how much he enjoys doing Castle, more than once. Nobody likes having their words taken out of context, so why does it continue to happen on here.
This! The idea that I am owed total devotion from the casts of my favorite shows is so foreign to me. Nathan is not the bad guy here.
What the folks who criticize Nathan for “not loving Castle best” forget (or maybe don’t even know) is that Firefly happened to Nathan at a very important time of his life. He was in his early thirties, had never been a lead in a tv show or movies at that stage, and indeed had suffered many auditions in which TPTB questioned whether or not he would be able to carry a show as the lead actor. Joss Whedon saw that in him and put his faith in what he believed were Nathan’s leadership qualities and was not disappointed in his choice. Joss gave Nathan the chance to be all that Nathan knew he was. Firefly literally launched Nathan’s career as an actor. The perks to this opportunity were the enduring friendships of the other actors and Firefly crew, and networking opportunities that stemmed from that little tv show that could. Nathan is mightily aware of this turning point in his life, and he is genuinely choked up and emotional about the solid chance it gave him to be the actor and human being he had dreamed of becoming as a young man. Folks, please realize that Castle wouldn’t be the show we love so much if Nathan had not been given the Malcolm Reynolds job. No one would have heard of Nathan Fillion beyond his 3 years on OLTL and Two Guys and a Girl. The part of Richard Castle would have gone to some other actor. Nathan was offered the part of Richard Castle and Nathan told the producers to look no further. This was his part. Without Firefly, the Castle producers wouldn’t have heard of him and all the wonderful experiences at Raleigh Studios and the adoration he receives at sci-fi conventions would not exist. Firefly literally changed his life for the better and he is very grateful. He has also expressed a great deal of gratitude for the chance of being on a long-running and much-loved tv show that gave him more exposure than just Firefly ever could. Firefly gave him his professional life, and Castle sustained it. You bet he’s grateful. Put yourself in his shoes. Wouldn’t you be?