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Geek Genre Actors Doing Good AS Their Characters

As fans, we sometimes have trouble separating actors from the characters they play. We can be a little disappointed, or downright devastated, to learn that they’re just actors playing a role and making a living. Further, some actors often try to distance themselves from their characters for various reasons, usually as a result of feeling typecasted and limited in their acting opportunities. For example, Leonard Nimoy raised an uproar in the 1970s with his book “I Am Not Spock” which offended Trekkies worldwide. Classic movie actor Basil Rathbone felt he was constrained by successfully playing Sherlock Holmes and came to hate the character. Actors, even when made famous by a beloved and iconic role are still just actors pretending to be someone else temporarily.

There are times, though, when an actor will portray a character on their own time just to do some good, cheer up a sick child, or pay back a kindness. I spotted a story on IO9.com about Peter Capaldi, the current (Twelfth) Doctor Who, making a short video as The Doctor to cheer up a 9 year old boy with autism whose nanny he loved had just passed away. The video is short but it is sweet that Mr. Capaldi took the time out to make it and send it to a boy he did not know. I started thinking about other recent instances of celebrity actors reprising their roles, sometimes in full costume and makeup, just do bring a little cheer into some fans’ lives.

Johnny Depp Visits Kids As Captain Jack Sparrow

Apparently never aging heart throb Johnny Depp totally gets how fortunate he is and likes to give back to kids. According to an article on Koopstarz, Mr. Depp travels with one of his Captain Jack Sparrow costumes, wig, makeup, etc. and is known to visit children’s hospitals and schools in character. In one instance, he also made a surprise visit to a school near where On Stranger Tides was filming. A female student had written him a letter asking him to visit and he showed up with the letter in hand and gave the little girl a hug in front of her classmates. See, bloody pirates ain’t so bad.

Johnny Depp visits school as Captain Jack via the Daily Mail

Johnny Depp visits school as Captain Jack via the Daily Mail

Robert Downey Jr. Spreads the Stark/Iron Man Charm

There’s no denying the Robert Downey Jr. and the character Iron Man have made each other more famous worldwide than they ever were before the two hooked up. Downey’s performances in three Iron Man movies and the Avengers have been a huge part of those movies earning billions of dollars for Marvel. RJD has had his ups and downs in his personal life and career and, it is rumored, he can be a bit of a prima donna. But, there is no denying that he is willing to give back, especially to kids. Some examples:

Jaime Alexander Visits Sick Kids As Lady Sif

Marvel posted an article about and photos from a November, 2013 visit by Thor movies actress Jamie Alexander to the Childrens Hospital off L.A.

Jamie Alexander visits the Childrens Hospital of L.A. as Lady Sif (via Marvel)

Jamie Alexander visits the Childrens Hospital of L.A. as Lady Sif (via Marvel)

She did not just visit the sick and hand out posters and DVDs. She did it in full Lady Sif of Asgard costume complete with shield and sword.

Chris Pratt Visits Childrens’ Hospital As Starlord

Apparently, the Childrens Hospital of L.A. is the one to get treatment from, if you want to also meet Marvel superheroes. In August, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt attended a special screening of the movie at the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles in his costume as Starlord. According to an August 22, 2014 article on Blastr, Pratt had stated previously that he had literally stolen some of his costume pieces after the movie wrapped so he could do this sort of thing in the event that the movie became a blockbuster. Sure enough, it became the biggest movie of 2014, almost everyone knows who the Guardians are, and Pratt kept his word. He delighted the kids at the screening and even visited some kids separately who were too ill to go to the group screening. One of those kids happens to be a huge Lego fan. It just so happens, of course, that Pratt ALSO starred in The Lego Movie so he spent some time with this fan, too, doing his character, Emmett, from the movie! He gets double credit for doing not one, but two characters in the same day to cheer up some sick kids!

Chris Pratt visits chidlrens hospital as StarLord

Chris Pratt visits chidlrens hospital as StarLord

These are just a few examples of actors using their fame to give back. Know any others? Post them in the comments below.

Dad, hubby, geek, nerd, gimp, cynic and optimist.

Awesome and Geeky Costumes Using a Wheelchair

I’ve seen so many inventive and geeky costumes in the past few months that involve some type of mobility aid, like a wheelchair. With the proliferation of comic cons and related conventions and, of course, Halloween this week, more of these fantastic and creative costume photos are popping up all over the ‘net.

In the following photo from the Houston Chronicle (via a tweet I saw to Anne Wheaton, aka Mrs. Wil Wheaton) a kid using a wheelchair flies over the city as Superman! (Photo links to the Houston Chronicle article.) According to the aricle, his name is Emmanuel, he is 3 years old, and he has CP like I do. I love how his wheelchair is the city and his “legs” and cape fly off of the back!

 from the Houston Chronicle Kid in wheelchair flies as Superman o Halloween

Kid in wheelchair flies as Superman on Halloween from the Houston Chronicle

Now, this one brings back memories. I think it was my junior or senior year of high school that a couple buddies used cardboard boxes and a cardboard tube to make me a tank cover for my scooter. We painted it camouflage green and it even had a hatch at top to pop my head out of. But, this tank below blows my old one to bits. The kid’s even got smoke coming out of the “gun!”

Wheelchair as tank costume via Reddit

Wheelchair as tank costume via Reddit

Wait. Not impressed? Fine. Same dad did a pirate ship:

Wheelchair as Pirate Ship Costume via Reddit

Wheelchair as Pirate Ship costume via Reddit

And a firetruck:

Wheelchair as Firetruck Costume via Reddit

Wheelchair as Firetruck Costume via Reddit

His full Reddit stream on it all is at .

Last, here’s one I saw a few months ago. My Geekling is a huge fan of How To Train Your Dragon and, while he is not a wheelchair user, might want to borrow this kid’s Hiccup and Toothless rig via TheMarySue:

Wheelchair as Hiccup and Toothless via The Mary Sue

Wheelchair as Hiccup and Toothless via The Mary Sue

The point is that people who use mobility devices are not “wheelchair bound.” Our chairs, scooters, and walkers do not bind us. They liberate and free us to get out and about. And, if you’re going to use one, why not make it part of your costume?

Now, who wants to help me build my Serenity freighter idea for my scooter?

Dad, hubby, geek, nerd, gimp, cynic and optimist.