Wanted to share with you guys a letter I got today, because I think it’s a testament to the community of people who follow this blog. I’ve also attached the photo/caption referenced in the letter. I get nervous as the blog grows that the culture will fall apart, but with 2.7 million and counting— the HONY comment section remains a sort of rare internet jewel where everyone, for the most part, is really nice. And when there is a mean comment, it sticks out as an anomaly, instead of the other way around. So thanks for that.
I’m Ted, we met getting off the Six at Grand Central. When I got home Sunday evening, I had an e-mail from friends in Chicago. One of their daughters reads your blog (is that what it is called?), and recognized me even though she has never seen me with a beard. I am astounded! I’ve read about 1000 of the comments, words cannot express how touched I am by what I have read. Its actually more than touched, it has been very emotional to read the wonderful things people have said. A couple people appear confused about what happened, for the record she had acute myelogenous leukemia, we were diagnosed July 2008, we lost our battle February 20 2013, not quite a year ago. Thanks for doing this, it has really touched my life. The most wonderful people in the world read your material and comment on it.
"At first we kept saying: ‘We’re going to beat it. We’re going to beat it.’ Then after awhile we began to realize that we might not beat it. Then toward the end, it became clear that we definitely weren’t going to beat it. That’s when she started telling me that she wanted me to move on and find happiness with somebody else. But I’m not quite there yet. Not long ago a noise woke me up in the middle of the night, and I rolled over to ask if she needed anything."
Translation of interview from Tele 2 Weekly. Any mistakes are my own…
Voted best actor in a foreign TV drama, Nathan Fillion, seducer/sex-symbol, analyses the success of Castle.
For the second consecutive year, the actor Nathan Fillion was voted best actor in a foreign series in the “Grand Prix of TV Series 2014” by Télé 2 Weekly. Here, the hero of Castle savors his victory.
In your opinion, why has Richard Castle/Nathan Fillion found so much success with French TV viewers?
French men or French women? The difference is important! I am very happy that this prize was awarded to me again by your magazine and readers. But I wouldn’t want people to think that I’m blackmailing you or kidnapped someone in your family! (laughs)
Does the idea that you please women gives you wings/make you happy?
I think that what attracts French viewers about a series like Castle is that I play a cool guy, but more importantly: an antihero! And it’s exactly that that French people like. It’s that he’s still fallible. I think I wouldn’t have been very much at ease if I had been simply cast as a sex symbol, a guy who never doubts, who never pulls back, who’s self-assured in every circumstance. I take a lot of pleasure from playing a cool guy who sometimes falls on his face. That’s a lot more like me.
Do you lack confidence in real life?
You can be cool and have self-confidence too! The two things are not incompatible.
I heard that you auditioned more than 140 women for the role of Detective Kate Beckett, is that true?
Yes, we saw an enormous number of women during the auditions. A very, very hard job as you can imagine. My god, how we suffered! (laughs)
And in the end everyone agreed on Stana? You could go and eat then, there was a solution…
Yes, and they chose well! (laughs) There really were a lot of people who auditioned for the part and you don’t expect anything, and then one actress appears in front of you and just fills the screen. In the end it wasn’t me who took the decision. But when I heard that Stana had been hired, I was relieved. I was like “Yeah! She’s Canadian! She’s cute!” You know, there’s a sort of solidarity between Canadians. We’ve been working together for six years and that dynamic, that collusion is still there.
We hear talk of tension between you and Stana during filming. How do you react to that?
With incomprehension. You can’t make the public believe that our characters love one another in the series if, behind the scenes, the actors can’t stand or insult one another.