Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: Beth's Interview Requests

by Beth

As Dragon Con quickly approaches I'll probably only stop talking about it here long enough to give my thoughts on this season of Game of Thrones once the finale airs. Other than that it'll most likely be all Con all the time. Several weeks back I received an invitation from the lovely people in Dragon Con media relations to submit interview requests for Walk of Fame guests. From what I've seen they don't throw this out to everyone so I had to think long and hard about who to request. I didn't want to aim too high, but then I also figured "what the hell, why not?" and asked for some people I might not be important enough to talk to anyway. There are some pretty big names this year, and narrowing this list down to 10 (each reporter only gets 10 requests) was daunting Here, for your reading pleasure is the list of my requested interviews, and why I picked them.


Timothy Zahn
The author of the fist ever Star Wars novel (and father of the expanded universe) was nice enough to grant me an interview back in 2014 in my first year as an official Dragon Con reporter. If you want to read that interview here's the link. The reason I asked again was because a lot has happened in the new expanded Star Wars universe since then. Admiral Thrawn was un-retconned onto Star Wars Rebels, and just this year a brand new Thrawn novel came out. If you haven't read it then I highly recommend you do so. Phantom, Chad, and I even recorded a podcast about it. If it's worth us all spending a few hours talking about over skype then it's worth you reading.

Casper Van Dien
Way back in 1997 he was in a little movie called Starship Troopers which happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time. I know it didn't get great reviews, but for the time the special effects were great. Any time this is on TV I have to watch it no matter how many times I've seen it or how it's been edited for broadcast. This is the movie that started my down the long road which led to my love of movies like Deep Rising and Deep Blue Sea. It also featured Michael Ironside and Clancy Brown who are possibly the two best character actors ever (wish they would come to Dragon Con...) as well as a mediocre performance by Denise Richards' eyebrows. Van Dien was great as Johnny Rico though, and also enjoyed him in Sleepy Hollow, Python, and Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf. If I'm lucky our shared Dutch last names will work in my favor, and he'll grant me an interview.

Karl Urban
I first loved him as Eomer in the Lord of the Rings, and his film choices since then haven't always paid off, but he's still great. Dredd was just okay, but his DeForest Kelley impression in the Star Trek reboot movies is spot on. It wasn't his fault that Doom, The Chronicles of Riddick, or Priest weren't what they could have been. He was still good in them, and I'd probably still wet myself talking to him.

Larry Niven
Sorry, but I had to try for another author. I read Ringworld when I was a kid, and it was one of the big things that got me into the science fiction genre. Without his hugely influential work we wouldn't have the Halo used in the Halo games or the similar gravity belts used in the Expanse TV and book series. He is known for using real science concepts, and physics in his work. He also wrote many other books, including The Mote in God's Eye, which I also read and loved as a kid. It would just be super cool to meet one of my childhood sci-fi heroes.

John Barrowman
How could I not want to talk to Captain Jack Harkness? Sure he's done other stuff besides DoctorWho and Torchwood, but those are really what he's known for. He's been in some of those DC shows like The Flash and Arrow, but I still just can't get into DC. Everything I've ever heard or seen about him makes him seem like a super nice guy who really cares about his fans. I caught a glimpse of him a few years ago in the American Sci-Fi Classics Track room while we were waiting to set up the Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show (which used to have a much shorter name back then), and a glimpse just wasn't enough. Maybe he's a nice enough guy to give a girl a shot.

Bill Corbett
Each of the MST3K guests are listed separately, and with only 10 requests available to me I didn't want to use them all on those guys. I love Trace Beaulieu and Frannk Conniff, but Bill Corbett was on MST3K, and does RiffTrax with Kevin Murphy and Mike Nelson. I own a ton a RiffTrax, and have been to several of their live shows. So while all of those guys are hilarious I figured I'd have to most to talk about with Bill. Maybe they're still super close, and I can get some sort of a package deal though.

Nathan Fillion
Okay, I know this is aiming a little insanely high, but screw it. I would be really mad at myself for not at least trying to talk to the best Captain of all time. He's only attending on Friday, and probably won't have time for interviews, but I'd hate myself if I found out otherwise later. Captain Reynolds, Captain Hammer, Bill Pardy (Slither) are all fantastic characters. He also seems like he's got a great sense of humor. You should watch the "blooper reel" on the Slither DVD. It's hilarious, and if you don't already love Nathan Fillion you will. This would be my Chris Farley moment for sure. I've never heard of a reporter being asked to leave Dragon Con for peeing themselves, but this could be a first.

John Cusack
I know it'll never happen, but the star of Better Off Dead, Say Anything, and 2012 would be a bucket list interview. I want to know how he outran an earthquake in a limo in 2012. But also, High Fidelity, Being John Malcovich, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Grosse Point Blank are all well worth talking about. I can't think of another actor whose had such a diverse career. He's been in romantic comedies, action flicks, and thrillers. They haven't always been great, but he's been in so many iconic movies that I had to try. And if I don't get an interview I may shell out for him to sign a bottle of Perrier for me. As long as I don't wet my pants again.

Steve Blum
Yeah, you don't know who he is, but you've heard his voice. He's done cartoon voices for Lex Luthor, Wolverine, and currently does the character of Zeb in Star Wars Rebels. Most notably for me he did the voice of Spike Speigel in Cowboy Bebop (my favorite anime of all time). If you've ever played a video game you've also heard him, since he's literally done hundreds of them. Mass Effect, Bioshock, Diablo, Assissin's Creed, Final Fantasy, Dead Island, Dragon Age, and on and on and on. He's one of the most prolific actors that you haven't heard of. As a huge fan of cartoons and video games this would be a big deal for me.

Michael Rooker
Sure he scared the pants off of me in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, but he's been a lot less terrifying since then. I realize that Mallrats is not a good movie, but that doesn't stop me from loving it. He was in Slither along with Nathan Fillion, and most recently played Merle in The Walking Dead and Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy. He may still scare the pants off me in person, but I'd like the chance to find out. Although Mr. Tibbs would probably try to force me to talk only about Henry since he's got a thing for serial killers.

There are a ton of other people that I almost asked for. William Shatner and Stan Lee aren't doing any interviews (which is a bummer, but I know for sure that I don't have the pull or comic expertise to talk to Stan the Man) but like I said, I only had 10 choices. If any of these requests come to fruition I'll be asking readers for questions they'd like to have answered so make sure you keep up with Needless Things on facebook. And stay tuned for lots more Dragon Con coverage to come. Lots.




Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been reborn as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet. Follow beth0rama on Instagram or on Twitter @NeedlessBeth where she doesn't post often enough to be annoying, but updates way more than Google+

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