Nathan Fillion geeks out about Star Trek's William Shatner


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The "Castle" star poses as William Shatner's most well-known persona for THR's Comic-Con preview issue: "I've been fortunate enough to have met [him]. That's a big deal to me."

This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In a world where TV shows get canceled quickly and forgotten just as fast, Joss Whedon's sci-fi Western Firefly -- which gave Fillion his first starring role -- remains the anomaly, as it's more popular 10 years after its demise than it ever was during its only season. Now, at 43, Fillion is cresting into the seventh year of ABC's Castle, which has created a rabid following to sit alongside Firefly's still-growing legion of fans.

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What's your relationship with the Firefly fans, the "Browncoats"?

They have always been there, since the show started. There's just so many more of them now. They don't go away. You meet children who are named for characters on the show. Now I know Firefly will never die.

Is there anyone you still geek out over?

I've been fortunate enough to have met William Shatner. That's a big deal to me. Hearing his voice -- I know the man is a stranger to me, but it triggered something inside of me. A familiarity. I feel comfortable when I hear his voice. It's such a bizarre experience to be actually in his presence.

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What's your favorite part of each convention?

I love being in front of a big group of people who are already super-excited; their adrenaline's flowing. There's a really positive wavelength of energy. And then they laugh at my crappiest jokes. For me, that's Comic-Con.

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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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