Comic Con: Star-STUDded Day

Barbara Vey -- July 25th, 2008

Dakota Cassidy and Barbara Vey
Thursday was truly a star-studded day here at Comic Con.  First off, author Marjorie Liu, after reading about my horrible hair mishap, took me to her special salon here in San Diego where Rachel fixed everything.  I am now happily blond again and even have a lovely manicure.  Of course, at Comic Con that almost stands out because of all the people in costume.  

My very first press junket ever and I get to meet the adorable, talently and very together Dakota Fanning War of the Worlds).  What can I say about this charmer that isn’t evident in her movies?  She came to our table excited to talk about her experience filming in Hong Kong as a teen with psychic abilities and major attitude problems in the movie Push.  Dakota loved playing a character so different from her real self with multi-colored hair and sarcastic tendencies.

Chris Evans and Barbara VeyAlso starring with her is Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) who I got to sit next to.  This sweetie is going to be one to watch for with his quick wit and charismatic way.  He seem to talk from the heart of his love of films and going back to read the book that the movie is based on for more insight into his character who meets up with Dakota to fight the evils trying to contain their powers.  I know I’ll be seeing this one.

The two stars of Sex Drive (Josh Zuckerman and Clark Duke) were there to promote their story of the "last 18 year old male virgin" and his cross country road trip to remedy his problem.  I’ll probably skip this one, but it will make millions in the teen market.

Nicolas Cage did not show up, but the director of his movie, Knowing, Alex Proyas (I, Robot) was there to answer questions.  Actually, this one about a man who sees a pattern in numbers that coinside with disasters looks pretty interesting.  

Richard Dean Anderson on the Red Carpet at Comic Con
Then on to a Red Carpet event on the USS Midway for Stargate:  Continuum.  I’ve got to tell you that standing behind a velvet rope for a couple of hours with other press is no picnic physically, but when Richard Dean Anderson arrived, it was all worth it.

When he got to us, I managed to stutter out a question (please, I’ve been crazy about him since MacGyver and he has only gotten better looking).  The video is below (compliments of Marjorie) and I asked him about his experience on the Simpsons episode when he was kidnapped by Marge’s sisters who ran his MacGyver fan club.  I even got a hug!  And yes, I squealed, as you’ll see on the video.

The rest of the cast was there and I got lots of pictures that I’ll be posting on Flickr.

Bottom Line:   Richard Dean Anderson has just replaced Adrian Paul as my screensaver.  I know…I’m fickle.

Richard Dean Anderson at Comic Con

53 thoughts on “Comic Con: Star-STUDded Day

  1. Emily Bryan

    Oh, Barbara! I’m so jealous! My daughters and I are addicted to Richard Dean Anderson. How many actors create characters so well loved, their name turns into a verb? (As in, I macGyvered my old lawn mower into a turbo-charged golf cart!)And don’t get me started about Jack in Stargate–The ultimate alph male complete with the emotional constipation we expect from those strong, silent types. Oh, you lucky girl, you!

  2. Liza

    I love Richard Dean Anderson and have since his MacGyver days. Looks like you are having such a great time! Did you get to meet any of the actors from Twilight?

  3. Barbara Vey

    He is very down to earth. And Liza, I didn’t get to meet any of the Twilight stars. That event was overbooked, so I couldn’t get in. But I just heard that Hugh Jackman was here yesterday and crashed the Keanu Reeves event! How did I miss that!!

  4. Missy Taylor

    oooooo… MacGyver! um I mean Richard Dean Anderson. I love him! I’m so jealous. You really do have the best job EVER! Ok that’s it I’m off to invent a machine to pull a “freaky friday” with you… ;)

  5. Missy Taylor

    Ooops I got all sidetracked and forgot to mention about being jealous about Chris Evans! He’s so handsome. And Dakota Fanning is turning into a beautiful teenager! I hope she keeps her head about her as she gets older.

  6. LesaDragon

    Barbara it sounds like you’re having a blast. I have been to SD several times, it’s a lovely area, especially if you like men in uniform. Thank you so much for sharing your fan-girl video, I think you did well, certainly better than I’d have done. I too have had a crush on RDA since the MacGyver days. @lesadragon

  7. Barbara's Son

    Way to go Mom. So, what’s next? Adrian Paul, Richard Dean Anderson… David Duchovny, Pierce Brosnan, Harrison Ford? Or David Boreanaz, Scott Bakula, William Shatner? Any way you go, the sky’s the limit. But really, can it get better than MacGyver?

  8. Lisa Kessler

    I’m hopign to run in to Hugh Jackman when I’m there this weekend! :) I saw he showed up yesterday… I missed it! Hopefully he’ll be back! Sounds like you’re having a blast! I’ll look for you this weekend… Lisa :)

  9. Lisa Kessler

    I’m hopign to run in to Hugh Jackman when I’m there this weekend! :) I saw he showed up yesterday… I missed it! Hopefully he’ll be back! Sounds like you’re having a blast! I’ll look for you this weekend… Lisa :)

  10. violet s

    Barbara–you are awesome! That video was great! I read in the paper that highlights this year at Comic-Con are: Watchmen from Zack Snyder; Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen & James Franco; Terminator Salvation with Christian Bale; Drag Me To Hell from Sam Raimi; Land of the Lost with Will Ferrell; Twilight by Stephenie Meyer; The Day The Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves & Up by Pete Docter. Good luck meeting up wiht these people! You can do it!

  11. Rika

    Great blog, Barb. Good to see your hair back to normal. I can’t believe all the people you’re meeting. That’s amazing! I’m totally jealous. Hehe. Enjoy. :)

  12. Pat

    RDA looked fantastic, you are so right he just gets better looking. There is no one I would rather have as my screensaver. Great video Barbara thank you. Did you know some lucky lady bid $37,000 to have lunch with him in Vancouver next month(money goes to the Waterkeepers charity)maybe you can come up to Gatecon and join the legions of fans waiting to squeal at Rick.

  13. Dana Belfry

    Dakota Fanning is an incredibly talented actress, what a neat interview. And Richard Dean Anderson? I STILL have a crush on him from his days as MacGyver. Poor guy is NEVER going to live that down.

  14. Dana Belfry

    Dakota Fanning is an incredibly talented actress, what a neat interview. And Richard Dean Anderson? I STILL have a crush on him from his days as MacGyver. Poor guy is NEVER going to live that down.

  15. Maria

    Oh! Richard Dean Anderson – hmm, but you’ve loved him only since MacGyver? Ahh, a “johnny-come-lately” to the RDA universe. Try since General Hospital when he was the dashing and troubled Dr. Jeff Webber. Of course I was only a child, but….

  16. Pamela K. Kinney

    Wonderful. Look like you had a great time meeting him. My husband and I are big Stargate fans and he can not wait for the Blue ray version of Continuum. He even does the Stargate costume as Jack O’Neill.

  17. Gerda

    Wonderful video and intervieuw.I wish I could have been there too. Wow and meeting Richard Dean Anderson you lucky woman. I am his fan for 26 years I cant wait to see the mobvie. he’s a wonderful man a such a great and talented actor. He lookes so gorgeouws in his suit. Such a gentlemen.

  18. Missy Lyons

    Hey Barbara, this looks like you had an absolute blast here today. Now that you made it onto the red carpet, you are getting to become one of the official spokeswomen of romance. After meeting you today for the first time at the Archeron book release, I had to check out your blog and I love it. It has just as much as personality as you do. Thanks for being so sweet and helpful to us tonight.

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