Saturday night at Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly welcomed tons of talent to their annual shindig at Float at the Hard Rock Hotel. Variety caught up with some of the stars as they made their way into the packed party.
Alan Tudyk of the new NBC comedy “Powerless” explained that he wasn’t able to do as much at the Con this year, “I’ve been busier this year. I didn’t get to go to Nerd HQ and do a panel for charity but I did get something signed by the cast of ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ and sent it there to be auctioned off. Some of those cast members live in China and it’s not easy to get those.”
“The Flash” co-star Tom Cavanagh has also been to the Con before and says his favorite star sighting ever “was the year Bryan Cranston walked around wearing a Bryan Cranston mask and took it off at a panel. So meta.”
Clark Gregg said that he loved seeing the “Agents of SHIELD” fans at this year’s Con. He explained, “This year was particularly wild. There was a lot more action and it seemed like there was a lot more people. It was our third Con for ‘Agents of SHIELD’ and I’ve been here with Marvel stuff before that, and it seemed like people were gonna be more interested in brand new stuff, but our fans came out in force.”
Author Neil Gaiman was, to use a British term, gobsmacked upon seeing the reception to the upcoming Starz series “American Gods,’ which is based on his novel. He said, “I’ve been to Comic-Con many times over the last 27 years — I don’t think I’ve seen anything like the excitement that’s been building over ‘American Gods’ — the madness of releasing our trailer and having over five million people watch it in less than 24 hours. It’s been quite glorious; I love Comic-Con but this is a special kind of madness.”
Fan favorite Scott Porter (“Outcast”) said, “I’ve been a geek since before it was cool to be a geek. When I’m here, I go to Artist’s Alley, which is super cool because I’ve made friends with certain artists over time.”
Porter added that his favorite Con sighting remains an experience he had a couple years ago: “I don’t get super starstruck but two years ago, I met [‘Game of Thrones’ creator] George R.R. Martin and I told him, ‘I love your show because it deals in consequence’ and he said, ‘I love your old show (“Friday Night Lights”) because it did the same thing.’ And then me and George R.R. Martin are talking for a half hour and he flips me a coin of the Faceless Man and says ‘Valar morghulis.’ Those things are really cool.”
Inside the packed event, A-list stars of the big and small screen rubbed elbows, while eager partygoers lined up all night for a photo op with the iconic Iron Throne from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The stars of “Thrones” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” held court in poolside cabanas, with Norman Reedus and newly-promoted series regular Jeffrey Dean Morgan seen chatting with “Avatar” director James Cameron, who was on hand at the convention to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Aliens,” which he made with “Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.
Although there was no official dance floor, cast members from “Orphan Black” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” were spotted cutting a rug throughout the night, along with party mainstay Joss Whedon. “Kong: Skull Island” actors (and “Straight Outta Compton” co-stars) Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell were also on hand at the bash, along with the young cast of Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” revival, RJ Cyler, Becky G., Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott and Dacre Montgomery. “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan was seen catching up with his “Fantastic Four” writer-producer Simon Kinberg, while “The Shield” alums Walton Goggins and Michael Chiklis reunited to shoot the breeze.
Stars dined on concession-stand fare like hotdogs and pretzels at the fete, while models chilled in the rooftop pool atop brightly colored floats, reading copies of EW to evoke a breezy summer vibe.