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Fri., Sat. & Sun.
February 5-7, 2010
Los Angeles Marriott at LAX
5855 West Century Blvd.


Lucy Lawless,
Renee O'Connor,
David Franklin
Adrienne Wilkinson, Brittney Powell,
Hudson Leick,
Paris Jefferson,
Musetta Vander,
Vicki Pratt,
Gina Torres,
Jennifer Sky,
Tsianina Joelson,
William Gregory Lee, Katherine Fugate, Steven Sears,
Robert Field



Los Angeles, California, USA

5 - 7 February 2010

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Lucy Part 2

Report by KTL

Con 2010

Lucy Part 2

Lucy said (I THINK talking about the episode we were going to see tonight, episode 3), “This show is more interesting to watch than some of the others.”

She talked about acting and how when the director asked the actors how they felt about the scene and they thought they had nailed it they usually hadn’t. “I wasn’t really there. When we felt really good about it, it was bad acting”. And then sometimes, “We’d just let go and not control the output. If when the director asked how we felt about the scene, we’d answer, ‘I just don’t know’-that’s a good sign.”

She said something about acting “Super small, naturalistic”. And I’m not sure which she said, either “If you go to a close-up” or “If you don’t go to a close-up, it’s not there”. I think it’s the second, because the next line I’ve written down is, “And if you’re not the star, you don’t get close-ups”.

Then I’ve scribbled down, “Fire lanes”. <shrug>

I think a fan asked her where they got the line, “I have many skills”. I believe she asked Steve Sears if he had written it. I didn’t hear his answer but  she laughed and said that it was a line written by some free-lancer and it became a bumper sticker that was everywhere like the “My kid is an honor student” bumper stickers.

A fan called out that for Spartacus they should say, “I have many wigs”. Lucy answered, “Can’t do that” because if they did the fan would say, “Where’s my 10%?”

Someone asked how many wigs she had on Spartacus. And Lucy began to joke around. She said, “1” and pantomimed pulling an imaginary wig off her head and making a swooshing/almost unzipping noise as she did so, “2” pulling an imaginary merkin off her crotch with the same sound effect and then “3”, bending over and pulling one off her butt again with the same sound.

A fan said that Xena was such a great role model, unlike “Gossip Girls” which was all about sex. And I think she asked how Lucy had done that. Lucy said, “I was just the lucky face”, that the writers had done that. She added, “I’ve never seen ‘Gossip Girls’ but I’m sure it’s fine.”

Fan: “Does the merkin match the wig color?”

Lucy slid right into acting again. She checked out her crotch and said, “Oh damn-that’s yesterday’s (color). She talked about her merkin. “It’s never been worn. The crew framed it for me. As if I’d put it on the wall of my house. They all signed it. Not the merkin, but around the frame.”

Fan: “What color is the merkin?” Lucy: “It happens to be a red one. A ginger munch.” (I BELIEVE she said “munch”.)

A fan asked if she had ever acted like Xena in real life. Lucy said that she found out recently that, “I can go from zero to Xena in one-half second.” She told us about walking along in a park and seeing a guy pushing a little kid up a hill. Lucy walked past and then thought that that was a little strange. She had a bad gut feeling about it. So she picked up a stick and turned back. That she knows if she gets that feeling, she knows without the shadow of a doubt that she would protect a child. “I’d hope there’d be a cleaver handy—or just my bare hands. She said the man and boy were gone when she got back there. She said that this had “Made me all over red-Xena blood rising.”

Fan: What would you do if you couldn’t act. I have the initials “DRJ” written down and the words, “World of Fantasy”. Then, “Forensic pathologist”. I think the fan said, “Really?” and Lucy said yes. And then became the forensic pathologist reporting her findings. “I don’t know why this man has a cleaver in his head”. (Pause) “I think it’s an accident”.

She said she used to not be noticed very much when her hair was blond. But,  “Once I cut my bangs back and went back to my black hair-suddenly I’m famous again” She said that Marrisa noticed this-that when they went into a restaurant, everyone turned around to look at Lucy.”Gruff guys would ask me, ‘Are you who we think you are?’”

A fan asked about where they went to the bathroom when shooting Xena outdoors. “Another fresh question. We had porta-johns. They splash back at you.” She said sometimes you “Go like a bear in the woods to avoid the porta-johns.”

Lucy suddenly mentioned that there are a lot of “Fresh fans. They’re not disillusioned yet.”

She was asked about working with Kevin Smith. “Kevin was fantastic”. She suddenly looked around the audience and explained that for the sake of the Battlestar Galactica fans (and this generated smatterings of applause in some areas) she said that he played the good looking  god of war on Xena. “We were like a brother and sister. We took each other for granted. We’d kiss-but there was no ‘schwing’ Then he died and I said, ‘Damn! I should have enjoyed that more’. Ren and I were just talking about him yesterday. He doesn’t feel gone. He’s very present.”

At that point, there was a little disturbance behind the curtain and Renee came out.

End of part 2





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