2:02 Stand by for coverage of the Knights of Badassdom panel…
2:22 The panel begins. A group of paid “knight” extras take the stage and chant something about Badassdom. Little response from the audience. Fail. Someone rented a bunch of shields for nothing.
2:23 Seriously though, what’s the fire exit situation in Hall H?
2:25 Director Joe Lynch takes the stage with cast members Ryan Kwanten, Jimmi Simpson, Danny Pudi, Michael Gladis (Mad Men, represent), Margarita Levieva, Summer Glau and Peter Dinklage. The moderator introduces Dinklage by referencing “his big break” in The Station Agent. This makes me a little uncomfortable.
2:29 Joe Lynch is really excited to be here. He describes his experience shooting the movie as a great summer where he and the cast just “threw blood at each other.” This might be the most amped person to hit a Comic-Con panel.
2:31 The moderator asks something about “happy endings.” Lynch jokes that those took place “after the movie.” And jokes that that was part of Dinklage’s contract. Dinklage says, “Was that directed at me? I wasn’t listening.”
2:33 Lynch is enthusiastically talking about the LARP-ing community and describing how he had real LARPers in the film and supporting the film. “We wanted to make this faithful to the LARPing community.”
2:34 Summer on her character: “She comes with her cousin who is really hardcore. She is kind of in between. She doesn’t take it as seriously as the others. […] But she can be reserved and cool.”
2:36 When asked why his character’s name is “Hung,” Dinklage says, “Wait for the DVD.”
2:37 On his character: “My character Hung is maybe not the sharpest knife in the drawer, it’s a lot to him. He takes [LARPing] maybe a little too seriously sometime. With a little help from narcotics which doesn’t help.”
2:38 Lynch says that shortly after LARPing boot camp, Dinklage smoked every single cast member. […] He destroyed us all.”
Dinklage: “[The swords] were made of foam. You didn’t have to be safe.”
2:39 Someone needs to put a limit on the number of times the word LARP can be used in this panel.
2:40 Simpson on his character, “I play a lot of terrible men generally but I wanted this one to be different. So I played him with a headband. He is a terrible man with a headband.” For non-LARPers, Simpson explains that he plays the DM, the “Dungeon Master.”
2:45 Michael Gladis reveals that he was a LARPer in college and is about to say more — but Lynch cuts him off. More on Kinsey’s college LARP memories!
2:48 Lynch said that LARPers from all over the country traveled just to appear in the movie. Now he is talking about how he directed with the help of a sword that he named Edith — named after his grandmother — and has with him in Hall H. He waves the sword.
2:52 We see a clip of Badassdom in which Dinklage eats a bag of hallucinogens and then takes Ryan Kwanten down in a fake sword fight.
2:55 Glau says that filming the movie was like “six weeks of summer camp.”
2:56 Dinklage jokes, “I liked filming with everyone except Jimmi.”
2:56 Gladis: “I got to fly with Danny on the plane to film the movie. He became my man crush.”
Danny: “It’s mutual.”
2:59 A fan tells Dinklage, “You’re pretty much a good actor.”
Dinklage: Pretty much.
3:00 Lynch says that the role of Hung (that went to Dinklage) was written for a 6’4, overweight Asian man. When someone suggested Dinklage for the role, Lynch says that “it fit so perfectly. Well, kind of.”
3:05 Lynch on the message of his film: “This is all about wish fulfillment. Be what you can’t actually be. […] What I’m trying to get across here is you can be someone else.” You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Youtube
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