Whoa — Adam Scott could have played Jim on The Office. And Melissa McCarthy’s husband (the air marshal from Bridesmaids) auditioned for Michael! And Chloe O’Brian auditioned for Pam!!
Minds blown, all around.
Alan Tudyk as Michael Scott: Also mind-blowing.
Oh holy cow, does this look like fun. Many of the usual Whedon Players — Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Sean Maher, Nathan Fillion — and Clark Gregg and Reed Diamond.
Jensen asks Whedon what the Firefly fans have meant to him. What happens next is one of the most emotional moments I’ve seen at Comic-Con. Whedon struggles, or seems to, for the right words.
Somebody in the crowd yells out, “We love you!”
Whedon hears this, struggles some more.
And the crowd begins to applaud. And stand up. Soon the entire room is giving an ovation. The cast stands up too. It’s possibly the most perfect way to end the panel.
Whedon takes the microphone.
“Only an idiot would try to follow that with a sentence,” he says.
That’s precisely what I was thinking. But then Whedon follows with this:
“When you come out of a great movie, you feel like you’re in that world. When you’re telling a story, you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way. It’s about inviting them into a world. The way you’ve inhabited this world, this universe, you have become part of it. When I see you guys, I don’t think the show is off the air. I think there’s spaceships and horses — the story is alive.”
Jeff Jensen asks Whedon about how “We’re still flying” has become a big mantra for the fan community, asks him again what the fans mean to him. Whedon’s struggling here. He’s overcome, and the fans call out, “We love you, Joss!” Fillion is crying for real, has very red eyes, and now there’s a standing ovation, again, and Glau is crying, and now the actors are all giving Whedon a standing ovation as well. Maher and Glau hug, Baldwin pats his heart to show how touched he is. Whedon: “Only an idiot would actually try to follow that with a sentence. When you come out of a great movie, you feel like you’re in that world. You come out of ‘Brazil,’ and suddenly everything is duct piping and everything’s weird and too much. You come out of certain things, and the world has become that. when you’re telling a story, you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way… The way in which you guys have inhabited this world, this universe, have made you part of it, part of the story. You are living in ‘Firefly.’ When I see you guys, I don’t think the show is off the air. I don’t think there’s a show. I think, that’s what the world is like. I think there are spaceships, there are horses, and our story is alive.” - The last moments of the Firefly panel at SDCC 2012 (x)