Nathan Fillion Explains To Redditors What Being An Actor Is
There must be a lot of moments when being a celebrity is very weird, like when a fan follows you into a bathroom stall looking for an autograph while you’re trying to take a shit. For Nathan Fillion — he of Castle, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, and just about everything else that geeks like — this includes strange requests like taking pictures of himself holding twine.
Fillion descended into the wild and weird threads of Reddit on Thursday for God only knows what reason and answered a bunch of questions about what Joss Whedon’s scalp feels like and what Adam Baldwin smells like. You know, important stuff. And then a Redditor claiming to post on behalf of The Bloggess bloger Jenny Lawson asked why, a year ago, Fillion ignored her request to take a picture of himself holding twine.
Sigh. Please understand. I’m an actor. I act, tell stories, all for a living. My job is not to respond to every demand placed upon me from an audience on the Internet. I don’t do those things because I don’t feel it’s right to ask. I don’t ask those things of my gardener, the guy at the car wash, or the kid who bags my groceries. Why ask it of someone because they are an actor? Is that being fair? The argument could be made that its only one request, but then how many people would be unhappy that it wasn’t their request I responded to? Not all actors care about things like this, but I do. It’s just a product of my experience. The more people push, the meaner it gets, the more uncomfortable it is for me. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. I hope we can all put it in the past with no hard feelings. I don’t have any.
I’ll agree with Crushable that his response was "classy as hell" in addition to justified. It’s sad that Fillion even had to explain to people — not just The Bloggess or her intermediary, but everyone — why such weirdo requests are annoying at best and inappropriate at worst.
Then again, he did tell another Reddit he would be willing to do his/her voicemail message. Consistency, Nathan Fillion. Consistency!