Here aboard Deck Ape, we’ve been looking forward to the upcoming Orlando MegaCon event in May. We’ve been planning for an interesting weekend — we’ll be shooting cosplay videos, giving away prizes, and generally having a good time — but now that the con organizers have announced a bunch of the celebrity guests, we’re even more excited.
The roster is filling up with talent from film, comics, anime, and TV, so even with four full days, it would be tough catching them all. (And that’s not counting time spent at the panels and other events that have yet to be announced.) With that in mind, we’re already picking our must-see guests. The list will probably change as time goes on, but for now, here’s the guests we’re stoked about:
7. John Cusack
John Cusack is not your formulaic Hollywood star. His IMDB bio points out that he has deliberately avoided media attention throughout his career (which began at a young age.) There’s a good chance that family-based collective consciousness made Cusack sidestep the spotlight, as he came from a very show-biz family. His father, Dick Cusack, was an actor and filmmaker, and siblings Joan Cusack, Ann Cusack, Bill Cusack and Susie Cusack are all actors by trade.
I want to use this opportunity to reenact the scene in “1408” when Cusack’s character, Mike Enslin, is headlining at a sad book signing. I wonder how he’ll react when I toss a copy of “The Long Road Home” in front of him? – J. Paul
6. John Barrowman
John Barrowman is probably as well known for his views on the LGBT community as he is for his television roles. He’s also written several Fantasy Novels with his wife, produced many music albums (some original and some of his favorite Broadway songs), and is still active in the traditional theater scene that he loves so much. Add that he’s just a down-to-earth, cool guy and you can’t help but be excited at the prospect of meeting him.
Known for Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995).
The definitive voice of Batman for 24 years, from the Fox TV show to the Arkham series of video games. He’ll also be lending his voice to The Killing Joke, due to arrive later this year.
4. Tom Kenny
This totally mathematical voice actor is responsible for SpongeBob’s mind-shredding laugh, as well as the voice work of Adventure Time‘s Ice King. A comedian who first gained notoriety on HBO’s Mr. Show but found his calling as a yellow sponge.
3. Maurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche is voice actor who has played many iconic characters from the Brain, the King from Frozen and has stepped up as a replacement for Dr. Egon Spengler for The Real Ghostbusters and its spinoff Extreme Ghostbusters, Inspector Gadget (in all but the original show) and Yosemite Sam off-and-on since 1992. Before voice acting, he spent 10 years as a stand up comic, touring with such acts as Rodney Dangerfield, George Benson, Kool & The Gang, George Carlin, and David Sanborn. This culminated in a breakout appearance on HBO’s The 9th Annual Young Comedians Special (1984).
LaMarche is one of my personal favorite voice actors of all time. I will gladly stand in line for hours to get his autograph and tell him how much joy his voice has brought to me since I was a child. – Chris Stump
2. William Shatner
Do you really need us to explain why Bill is famous? Clearly, you’ve never been introduced to his platinum spoken-word album. If you don’t immediately recognize “the Shat-man,” turn in your geek card immediately.
1. Christopher Lloyd
Known for: Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Addams Family (1991), Taxi (1978)
Quick, what’s “Great Scott!” in Klingon? Christopher Lloyd could probably tell you. That’s right, good old Doc Brown used to be a Klingon…and so much more. Everyone knows him as the hilarious and absent-minded scientist from the Back to the Future film franchise. But he was so much more than that. He lit up light bulbs with nothing but his mouth as Uncle Fester in the Addams Family movies. He also played the villain in Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Judge Doom, the toon who thought he was a real man.
Who can forget his portrayal of Professor Plum in the movie adaptation of Clue. From the stage to the big screen to the small screen, Lloyd’s career has seen many roles in many genres. He even played a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Oh, that Klingon thing? Yep, Doc here was a Klingon in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
Beam me up, Doc, I’m ready for a shave and a haircut.
BONUS: Max Wright
Although he hasn’t been announced as an official guest, we’re still hopeful that the best actor in USA, Max Wright, will make an appearance. (We have a bit of inside information from Max Wright’s official publican that this could happen.)
Although it would be humbling just to be in the same room as Mr. Wright, we imagine that partying down with him on Saturday Night’s rave would be an unforgettable experience. Whether he’s delving deep into the political issues facing his beloved America, or discussing his massive contributions to the SETI project, there’s never a dull moment with Sir Maxwell Wright.
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