Most of you know I hate doing con reports as I don’t ever feel I can do them justice. Collectormania Birmingham is no exception! Ben looked fit ( or rather more fit!) and exuded a joyful energy that carried through the weekend. There were at least 7 Crichtons I saw including a gender swap one that was very good!
Saturday was the Stargate talk with Michael Shanks and was of humor and serious answers. They did say if Stargate was released now it would resemble Deadpool.
Sunday was a packed 30 minute talk with just Ben. Attendance seemed unaffected by the attack in London the night before. Some new stories in response to questions.
1) When asked by a drama teacher what was the weirdest thing you have had to do as an actor?
Love scenes are weird — many people around, not talking about about awkward things that can happen. Performing naked on stage in the round where there is no place to hide.
The teacher made a comment about actors had weird things about them(??) He referred to that comment at the end saying he didn’t need the attention as he got plenty from his family.
2) Getting a call from his grandmother after she saw him kiss a woman on screen –What were you doing kissing another woman you are a married man now!
3) Meeting Sean Astin again after 20 years at their kids junior high graduation. Finding out their kids are dating. Then shortly after they were flying to a con New Zealand together and seated in business class. The seats fold down to beds and they were laying down facing each other. Ben says to Sean we are sleeping together and I hope our kids aren’t!
4) His son is rewatching Farscape and SG1 while at the US Air Force Academy where a couple of his senior officers are fans. One asked Browder? Do you know Ben Browder? He’s my Dad. His son periodically calls and asks for autographs for instructors.
5) He mentioned Francesca Google Stalks him when he is abroad. Saying that when he was in Spain filming Dr. Who the cast and crew were going out for drinks and invited him to come along. He knew the paparazzi were there stalking the main cast so he declined and stayed at the hotel. Francesca calls the next asking what he did the night before. He said he stayed at the hotel. She says did you see the Telegraph today? He hadn’t. Apparently there was a photo of another actor snogging a cast member that at a glance looked like Ben!
6) He asked for a pub recommendation for the city center as his hotel only had Stella on tap! Many in the crowd shared his dismay