Joss Whedon Sings Nathan Fillion’s Praises, Calls His Much Ado Performance “Masterful”
We're chomping at the bit for the upcoming premiere of Joss Whedon's latest project, Much Ado About Nothing, a low-budget film set to debut next week at the Toronto Film Festival. Based on William Shakespeare's classic text, the movie stars a number of Joss's favorite actors, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and, of course, Nathan Fillion.
Castle's main man plays Dogberry, a role he nearly turned down when Joss approached him with the opportunity. Although it was a struggle to master the film's Shakespearean dialogue, Nathan admits that he's happy he rose to the challenge. In a Q&A at the Hero Complex Film Festival back in May, he told fans that the film was a "pleasure to do," even comparing Joss to Shakespeare himself.
And it seems as though the admiration is mutual — in a recent interview with Vulture, the famed sci-fi writer sang Nathan's praises.
"[He] pretty much closes the book on Dogberry," Joss states. "It's a masterful performance, and it's performed by a guy who tried to get out of it because he was so scared."
But Nathan's fear wasn't just about reciting a few lines of iambic pentameter — he was worried he wouldn't have time for Much Ado while simultaneously working on Castle. So Joss didn't give him a choice!
"He was very overburdened with Castle," the director recalls, "and he was basically just, 'I don't want to do this, I have to do Castle,' and I was just like, 'You don't have a choice.' And he's extraordinary."
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