Nathan Fillion Talks Double Rainbows, Dream Guest Stars & Will They-Won't They Love
Nathan Fillion is a rarity in this business: personable, genuinely friendly and truly enjoying his job.
Actually, to fans of 'Castle,' I think it's obvious that everyone on that set is enjoying themselves. This season started off with a bang, but it's about to get even better -- and a little steamier. Considering that steaminess isn't coming from a Castle-Beckett hookup (quite the opposite actually), here's hoping those fans will be along for the ride.
I caught up with Fillion to talk about double rainbows, feeding the birds and the "meta" of 'Castle,' then he explained why fans won't be disappointed with Castle and Beckett's new loves. He also rattled off an awesome list of all his dream guest stars. Hey 'Firefly' alums, you in?
I thought Twitter would explode the other week when Castle said "double rainbow" on the show ... whose decision was it to throw that in there?
You know, when it doesn't matter like that, it's a piece of cake to throw something in there. He's listing off fantastical fantasy -- unicorns, fairies, double rainbows, what the hell? Throw it on in there! We did a take without it, just in case, but nobody cared. It's one of these things -- the meta of 'Castle' has become a thing with the fans, these diehard fans. When we had our Halloween episode ... they know I played Malcolm Reynolds [on 'Firefly'], and when Jon Huertas dresses up like his character from 'Generation Kill' and when Seamus Dever dresses like his character from 'General Hospital,' these people go nuts. They love that kind of little nudge and a wink. Yes it's a TV show, but at the same time you can go to the bookstore and buy a book -- or now two books -- by Richard Castle. You can be on the "inside."
But it's not the first time you've made a new saying stick, on the show and on Twitter...
We still do "Feed the Birds" -- when I was trying to get "Feed the Birds" to be the new high five -- now and again. Little things like that.
Castle and Beckett are both seeing other people this season. Do you think fans will get angry about that?
Here's the thing I think they've done in a very clever way: this season we have two people who we want to be together, but they're not together. And now this year, rather than be not together and single, they're not together and they're both romantically encumbered with other people. The relationships they're in aren't relationships where the audience says, 'Well obviously he shouldn't be in that relationship' and 'Obviously he's terrible for her.' It's just not gonna be so easy ... you're gonna see them in these other relationships and go, 'Oh, that's really a worthy relationship.'
Fan question: @tvmusiclover wants to know is there any book signings for 'Naked Heat' this year?
I haven't heard of any book signings planned.
I'm sure you're busy enough...
My god, you have no idea!
I'm excited to see Lyle Lovett on the show next month. You all really do get some amazing guest stars.
I'm excited to meet him. We're so fortunate -- we get the greatest guest cast. People I've never seen nor met, who are so fantastically talented. I'm looking at these people going, 'This guy needs his own show!' 'This woman is incredible!' 'I'm gonna put this guy and this woman together in their own show!' And then people who I've admired for years, I get to meet them and hang out with them. I'm having a ball.
Which of your Twitter pals would you love to have on the show?
I have a list! Do you want to hear my list? Here goes: Sandra Hess, Kevin Sorbo, Sarah Paulson, Lyndsy Fonseca, James Marsters, Josh Dean, Bo Derek, William Katt, Geoff Stults, Kyle McLachlan, Michael Hitchcock, Monet Mazur -- oh, she was on -- Tuc Watkins, James Denton, Mircea Monroe, Alex Denisof, Alan Tudyk, Andrea Robinson, Ron Glass, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin, the whole cast of 'Firefly' in on here, Gina Torres, Dylan Baker, Ken Mitchell, Susan Pratt, Jaclyn Smith ...
That's quite a list!
And I keep meeting people, I keep running into people, and I say, 'Oh, you know what would be really great? If you came and did an episode of 'Castle.' Would you be into that at all?' And they're always like, 'Yeah!' It's a very different experience. I've been very, very proud of everything I've been able to do and accomplish in this industry -- just being employed is such a joy -- but it's a very different experience. People say wonderful things about the show, and when you say, 'Hey would you like to do it?,' they're completely into it.
You all are doing an episode that sounds a lot like a real-life 'Grey's Anatomy' with a bunch of bed-hopping doctors ... except there's murder.
I think you'll be shocked and surprised how much like 'Grey's Anatomy' it is.
And even though you shoot here, you're also "going to LA" for an episode, right?
[Laughs] Yes! An exotic location: Los Angeles, California! I was hoping when they said we were going to bring Castle somewhere else, I was thinking, 'Well, let's go to Hawaii! Or Bora Bora! How about Costa Rica?' I was throwing out suggestions, then ... 'It's gonna be L.A. everybody!' [Laughs] OK, so down the street again.
Hear more about Beckett and Castle's new loves here (Castle info starts at about 1:55)
Source: TV Squad