Nathan Fillion: Oh, That Guy

fillionLadies and gentlemen let’s welcome Nathan Fillion to the Mike Stand.

Seriously, if I hadn’t stuck his picture at the top of this blog, would you have any idea who I was talking about?  Joss Whedon fans you’re excused from this part of the conversation ’cause I know you know.  In fact you guys know everything.  In fact, why don’t youfinish this blog for me I haven’t practiced guitar yet today.  Sorry, I know the whole Dollhouse thing has got you down.  Have a latte and we’ll talk later.

Anyway, back to Nathan.  There’s an expression used by show business types that’s equal parts admiration and jealous resentment, and it goes something like this. “He’s (she’s) always working.”  That pretty much sums up our man Fillion.  He’s done everything from soap operas (One Life To Live), too cool for school TV (Firefly, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), indie films (Waitress), and super hero musicals shot on a shoestring with very famous talent (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) … throw in voice work on video games like Halo 3and you’ve got quite the resume.  You’ve also got the blessing of having all that work and a profile that’s low enough to let you live a TMZ-free life.

castleHis next gig might be his toughest though.  He’s the title character in ABC new tongue-in-cheek mystery series Castle.  Fillion has always been best in an ensemble, but in Castle he and co-star Stana Katic pretty much have to carry the ball themselves (think Moonlightingwith Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd).  He plays a successful mystery writer looking for a new character model … she plays the tough as nails cop (who just happens to look like a supermodel) who becomes his muse.  Yeah, it wreaks of high concept, but talent and chemistry could pull this one off.  Let’s reserve judgment until we see the pilot Monday night.

In the meantime, get to know our man Fillion.  He’s terrific in “Firefly” as Malcolm Reynolds, the leader of the renegade crew on the spaceship Serenity.  He’ll also surprise you with his musical talents as Captain Hammer in “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

The guy’s got so much star quality … I just hope he doesn’t mess it all up by becoming a star.

The premiere of “Castle” is Monday, March 9th on WCVB TV, Channel 5 at 10:00 PM.

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