Suffice it to say that Comic-Con has turned into a long weekend for celebrities to invade San Diego. Among the lines and the chaos, you might find some Hollywood types shmoozing and boozing between panels. But if you are not able to attend fancy invite-only parties, the best chance anyone has to run into a celeb is by catching them on the showroom floor, become a member of the press, or by lucky happenstance. Check out who we bumped elbows with over the weekend, you might recognize a few.
Right off the bat during Preview Night, Guillermo del Toro passed me on the showroom floor with an entourage of security guards after he did a little promo for his new film Crimson Peak. And as I roamed the convention hall, the Frag Dolls walked right past me. So I to ask for a quick quick photo of the gamer gals getting their geek on.
On Thursday I attended the DreamWorks Animation press conference where John Malkovich made an appearance for Penguins of Madagascar; sadly Benedict Cumberbatch did not make it in time to meet us. I would later meet Ashley Eckstein at the Her Universe Fashion Show.
Friday was a treasure trove of celeb encounters because I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the 20th Century Fox press conference. The cast of The Maze Runner was first; Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, and Kaya Scodelario were there with the novelist as well as the director Wes Ball. Up next was the cast of The Book of Life, where Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, and Ron Perlman answered questions; producer Guillermo del Toro was also there alongside the director. Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware appeared to show some love for their new film Hitman: Agent 47. Titans Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth joined Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, and Sofia Boutella for Kingsman: The Secret Service. And finally, Rob Riggle, Keegan-Michael Key, Nina Dobrev, and Damon Wayans Jr. came for Let’s Be Cops. Later that night I would run into Amie Lynn aka Miss Habit and Angelica “Danger” Dawn at their annual cosplayer event at a local bar downtown gaslamp.
Saturday was also a big day of stars, but not because of press conferences, but because I’m assuming Comic-Con doesn’t monitor or schedule when celebrities will be doing signings at booths. In the afternoon the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron did a signing at the Marvel Studios booth; the likes of which includes Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson. You could imagine it was pure anarchy to try and get a glimpse of the superstars. And then I got out of that chaos and walked into more pandemonium as The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus was doing a guest signing to promote some new project he was involved with. Of course, luck would have it, I found myself at the Dark Horse Comics Booth where Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Josh Brolin, and Robert Rodriguez were doing a signing for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
And then we have Sunday I roamed the exhibit hall to just check out what I had missed. I would run in to Adrianne Curry dressed as Silk Spectre, Dani Daniels as Babydoll, and a bunch of other various popular cosplayers a la Jessica Nigri and Riddle. Evangeline Lilly was also promoting her new book at the Gentle Giant booth. And near the end of the day, the cast of Sons of Anarchy were doing a signing at the Fox booth while the creator of Hello Kitty was doing hers.
It’s always fun meeting celebrities, but at the end of the day they are just people; people in movies and television shows and video games we all know and love. But they are still just people. Until next year!
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