by Cole Matson
As I’m writing this I’m watching Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog for at least the third time. I’m also a regular viewer of Felicia Day’s The Guild. My most major film project to date has been set in the world of Lord of the Rings fandom. And I’ve even done a vampire movie.
(Speaking of which, on my international red-eye flight last night, I finally sampled the Twilight universe in the form of the Twilight: New Moon flick. I did not become a fan. Though I am definitely on Team Jacob.)
One of the many question an actor thinks about is his brand. I don’t mind admitting that I don’t like a lot of the theatre I’ve seen, and most of what’s on T.V. I have a better hit rate with movies because I’m better able to screen what I see ahead of time. But I’m picky. A story may be skillfully executed, but if I don’t fall head-over-heels in love with the story itself, I don’t care about the execution. And besides the story, there must also be at least one character (preferably more!) whom I can love as well.
In theatre, I fall in love with plays like The World Over, A Man for All Seasons, The Crucible, and musicals like Les Misérables. In film, I fall in love with movies like The Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Braveheart, and The Last Unicorn. In both, there tend to be intense tests of a person’s moral character set within an epic tale of good-vs-evil, often with fantastic elements.
This love of fantasy intersects with the less serious, more “squee!” fanboy side of my personality to produce an all-out love of geekery. And after watching clips about an hour ago from the Secretary of Geek Affairs Wil Wheaton‘s appearance on the T.V. show The Big Bang Theory (eliciting Khan after Khan reference), I have come to a major and freeing decision about my brand as an actor.
I’m gonna forget about “brand.” I’m just gonna be a geek.
I’m gonna go after the types of shows that make me laugh out loud with glee. Doing The FellowsHip reminded me of many of the fandoms and geek kibble I’ve been a part of and devoured, to greater or lesser degrees. Among them, in no particular order:
-Star Trek (Picard pwns Kirk)
-superhero movies (Batman, X-Men, Spiderman)
-games (LOTRO, M:tG, a brief trial of WoW, old school Nintendo, X-Wing flight simulators)
-performers like Wil Wheaton, Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Patrick Stewart
-Renn faires (esp. jousting)
–Society for Creative Anachronism
I’m going for all-out geekery. And also for an Inklings-tinged vision of religious theatre. Because by Jove, I love them both.
Let’s see where they take me.