Most of us have gone to Comic Conventions that have a list of stars a mile long from all sorts of television series and movies ranging from cult classics to the most recent releases. Then those stars are kept off in an area that has lines longer than Disneyland on the first day of summer and you have to pay for a photo op or a signature. And the time you get to talk with them is brief. Having that moment can be very cool and most of the actors go above and beyond to make the experience worthwhile… but still, it’s a process. And then there is Gabriel Luna.
Luna had appeared in Matador, True Detective and Wicked City before signing on to play Robbie Reyes aka Ghost Rider on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. He was the breakout star of the fourth season and though he wasn’t there the full time, he made a huge impression on fans. Luna appeared at Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con this past Saturday as an unscheduled guest. He didn’t sit in the black curtained area with the rest of the actors, he took a seat in artist alley next to Robbie Reyes co-creator Felipe Smith. He hung out for a while, talked with fans, took pictures with anyone who asked and was a really nice guy. Here you can see him posing with a Ghost Rider cosplayer.
Now, I was one row over and could pass up the opportunity to try and ask a question about the show. I swung by and introduced myself and asked if we’d be seeing him again on Agents of SHIELD soon. He smiled and said, “My lips are sealed.” Not wanting to give up too easily, I asked if he would be up for returning to the series if asked and he quickly responded, “Absolutely.” I was fairly sure I wasn’t going to get anymore from him, so I got a picture (thanks Felipe for taking it) and headed back to my both… no, I’m not the cosplayer above, I’m in the picture below.
Luna hung out and met with fans for quite a while and everyone kept coming by and talking about how he was just sitting there signing and doing photos for free. I can almost guarantee there are a lot more Gabriel Luna / Ghost Rider fans in Los Angeles today.