Moderated by Clare Kramer (known for her roles in Buffy, Bring It On and website Geek Nation) the panel with Alan Tudyk (best known his role as Wash, the pilot of Serenity in the show Firefly) basically revealed that he is Wash. Comedic and witty he was easily the most entertaining panel I attended at my first Comic Con.
During the Q&A portion of the panel Tudyk reached to his bag pulling out a variety of objects, autographing them for audience members who asked questions. As the line grew so did the varies items he pulled from his bag including a sweater, scripts from Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and Frozen Fever, a deodorant package, an empty Claritin box and much more.
Tudyk spent part of the panel taking about his Firefly casting. What interested him about the show was it was a science fiction show with no aliens. He thought that was really cool. It took almost a month to hear back from his first audition. The role was between him and other actor. Ultimately he got the part and the rest is history.
Also known for his voice acting in Wreck It Ralph as King Candy and in Frozen as the Duke of Weselton, his current project seems to be more in line with Comic Con attendees. A web comedy series called Con Man, he’s created with Firefly co-star Nathon Fillion, it is about two popular science fiction actors of a show similar to Firefly. Frequent guests of conventions and other pop culture events, Con Man is scheduled to release this summer. Although Tudyk didn’t discuss the show a lot he did explain how the show was financed entirely by the fans using the website Indiegogo. The campaign raised over a million dollars within the first 24 hours ultimately raising 3.1 million.
Ending the panel by answering that the role he enjoyed playing the most was Wash because he was the most like him, Tudyk solidified in my mind forever his epic role as the character of Wash in both Firefly, and real life (sort of).
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