Though it has been almost 2 weeks since Polaris I am still trying to organize my memories from the Blast Off Party! I think what I remember most is laughing 🙂 The first guest in the small room was Melinda Clarke. When she came to our table one of the guys offered her a seat—she laughed and said her dress was a bad choice for sitting—-she was great and touching on the topic of casting an age versus the actor’s real age. Next was Adam Baldwin who I have seen before and is always entertaining. He saw people’s iPhones on the table and having worked in Canada before immediately wanted to know what network he should be on. He had his phone out showing it to a couple of the girls who helped him select the best network. While he was talking Ben approached from behind and asked what he was drinking. He had a handful of drink coupons and then disappeared returning with a drink for Adam. The room was set-up perfectly for the event—some small and two or three larger tables and people were encouraged to mingle. Our table had about 10 people,2 Dr Who action figures, an alien figure,Action John and a sonic screwdriver. Adam (and all guest) immediately picked up the screwdriver after getting his network established. His expression as it activated was priceless! I wish I could remember the questions—he did say he was happy that Chuck was going to have a definitive end. He moved on and Ben arrived shortly after. He did comment to me he couldn’t believe when he read I would see him in Toronto. I asked him his thoughts on social media use for projects not in the can. He said no point really until there was something to talk about. I said I though the studios weren’t up to speed on how it could be manipulated—citing how fan sites for Naught For Hire were being encouraged to “Like” the project and him on Facebook and Tweet about it, but wondered if they were aware that among the numbers were dogs and action figures! He spoke in his usual intelligent manner of not liking to discuss something until it is time and how Hollywood has it’s own methods which don’t always make sense. We moved on to him just finishing filming Bad Kids Go To Hell. I asked if it was a fun shoot. He said yea but he felt soooo old as the lead was 19! Many of you may remember his story of working on a pilot with Richard Farnsworth who was always on set watching no matter if in the scene or not. So I asked were you the Richard Farnsworth of the set?(Ben has had the reputation of being present as well) He laughed and said Yes! About this time he was no longer able to resist the sonic screwdriver! He picked it up and examined it — I said Adam had been playing with it—the girl who owned it(sorry I can’t remember her name!) said many people had been doing things with it! He gave a horrified look but still kept pushing the buttons 🙂 There was more discussion on state of TV and media and he moved on. The last guest was Armin Shimerman was is funny and classy. After playing with the screwdriver said he might need a cigarette! After the guest did the official rounds they hung out eating appetizers,drinking and talking with people. Eventually alot of people left including and security was trying to clear the room(an hour after the party was scheduled to end). Adam tried to get Ben to go to Klingon Karoke! I wanted to go but had been up over 24 hours. Next day at the photo op Ben asked if I had gone to the karoke —I said no had been up tooo long. He had not either though Adam closed that as well apparently and was singing while signing autographs that afternoon! The reason I hate writing these things is I often don’t remember other questions having been focused on getting the nerve to ask mine and it sounds arrogant when I read what I have written! Our table had great questions and fast,witty answers! I hope some of them read this and comment what they remember!
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