"I really give Misha, who plays Castiel, a lot of credit. What a pleasure this guy has been both to work with and what he brings to the show. He just came in for the audition for the angel and was so complicated, and brought this innocence to the role, and all of this different dimension. We just knew he was lightning in a bottle, and sure enough the fans have really responded to him in a way they’ve responded to no other guest star on the show. We ended up snatching him up—he’s gonna be a regular. We just knew what we had in our hands, and he’s just been such a gentleman and a pleasure to work with." - ERIC KRIPKE
Q:What happened at the book signing? All I see on the tag are both men answering questions and taking photos?
Because that’s what they were there to do. Unfortunately, how it really played out if you were there was totally different.
For starters, what Misha ended up doing in the end was attracting a bunch of youngsters who went merely for the opportunity to meet him. Which yes, is what the majority of us went for but in all, there was a lot of disrespect to the author. The event wasn’t a Supernatural convention, it was a book signing that Misha just so happened to be present at to support his College buddy.
Fans showed up in Supernatural gear and one girl went as far as cosplaying Castiel at the event. To me, that shows a little disrespect because like I said, we weren’t there to support Supernatural. We weren’t there to even discuss Supernatural. We were all there to talk about a book that an actor from the show just so happened to really enjoy. Even if you hadn’t read the book, you still could have gone to learn more about it and have been able to walk out with a signed copy to read later on and a picture with Misha Collins.
The people that were there were downright disrespectful. There was a group of obnoxious teenagers beside me who were talking about throwing away the book as soon as they got their picture with Misha. Who says that, man? that’s someone’s hard work and dedication you just said you were going to throw away. I saw people literally tossing the book around, kicking it, stomping it. There was yelling when Misha came in and come on, what kind if behavior is that for a bookstore?
Misha at first seemed kind of ecstatic to be there. He swaggered in with his suit and tie and bacon socks, rocking that trademark smile of his. I was in group F, might I mention. Groups A to E were all VIP. I was one of the firsts to take a picture with him when the general groups started coming in. You think Misha Collins and you think of endless energy and smiles, don’t you? Especially when you see him bounce in smiling? Well what I came to find was a man who looked exhausted and drained. There was people literally screaming in his face that they loved him and were completely ignoring his friend that was right there. The man who was the actual reason the event happened in the first place. Compared to the Misha I saw walk in? his smiles all looked forced and his posture downright changed to stiff. When I finally got to him, I gave him a shy hi and a smile and was greeted with the most robotic of hi’s in return. I asked him for a hug regardless and he obliged, but it sucked not feeling that warmth from him that I thought I would. He didn’t even smile in my picture. But I managed to pat his shoulder anyway and thanked him for coming out and for being great, but he literally just nodded and said “you’re welcome” before staring ahead and greeting the next person with the same robotic hi that he did with me. I tried not to let it get to me, but it did bum me out.
I’m not blaming him at all for that because in a way, I can’t blame him either. I think even he was aware that it was a total catastrophe because come on, have you seen him mention yesterday at all? I feel like the behavior of all the people that were there for the wrong reasons just made him shut off. Which made it a bit of a sucky experience for those of us who went to support these guys with every good intention. Mish was just out of it near the end and it was evident in his eyes alone. That wasn’t the Misha I was expecting to meet at all.
I apologize for that being so long, but it’s just been bugging me nonstop. And it still really irritates me that people not being able to do something as simple as behave themselves made the event lousy for all of us, Misha included.
I don’t know, my personal opinion is that Misha’s personal life has about 10% (and I’m being generous here because cons and promotion) to do with his supernatural co-stars. The rest of it, is his family, his charity, his hobbies, his own life. Making it all about Jensen is absolutely ridiculous.
And the same applies for Jensen and Jared and every other celebrity out there. Working with someone and creating frienships with them (close or not) doesn’t mean they occupy your whole time, especially when there is family and young kids.
And everything I see here freaks me out.
To those of you upset by my comments about the book signing,
I’m not an arrogant bitch. I was observing something that I viewed as inappropriate. Dressing up as Castiel for a book signing that has nothing to do with Supernatural is the equivalent to dressing up as the Terminator at an Arnold Schwarzenegger political rally. Inappropriate and tacky.
I was genuinely disgusted by the fan base that gathered at the Barnes&Noble this afternoon. Everything from the shrieking when Misha walked in through the door (we’re not at a Library but we are at a book store) to the awkward “he doesn’t have a body guard with him so we should try and jump him” comment left me feeling physically ill.
I don’t think I am a better fan, by any means. This is not a competition.
I am more than willing to admit that Misha’s involvement is what piqued my interest in the book and that getting to meet him was a primary reason I went to the signing, but the book itself and the author are interesting, admirable, and relatable to me as well.
I saw people kicking, carelessly dropping, and using the book as a coaster. Disgusting is the only way I can describe it.
So no, I am not an arrogant bitch. I am just shocked by the lack of common sense and decency that I witnessed today.
You know, it’s an interesting thing to be involved with because there are so many very, very passionate people and many different interest groups or factions within this, and I’m sure within every, fandom. And almost like a politician, you almost have to cater to all of your constituents and parse your words carefully so as not to be called homophobic or misogynistic or whatever else you could be called if you don’t parse your words carefully. I love that the fans use the show as a canvas onto which they paint the stories that are most meaningful to them and that it can relate well to a wide swath of people. That’s really exciting. And I like seeing people fight with one another. So it serves a dual purpose for me.
To be honest, cupcake is a very sweet pet name for Misha.