Will Ferrell kicked off the Megamind panel yesterday wearing blue facepaint and bringing donuts and juice to fans as his supervillain character from the animated movie, but he was surprised to find he was the only one who dressed up for the occasion. “I was expecting to look out into a sea of costumes when we walked on stage,” Ferrell said after the event in an interview with his co-star Tina Fey. It turns out that both A-listers fostered a love for Star Wars as children, although “I don’t have a depth of knowledge beyond Return of the Jedi,” Fey admitted. “I was C-3PO once for Halloween. Why wasn’t I Leia?” Ferrell said, “That’s so adorable. I did dress as someone from Planet of the Apes one Halloween as a kid. It was a homemade costume, that was pretty good.” Ferrell added that his kids have gone as Batman the past couple Halloweens, “even after a long deliberation of ‘I’ve got to get a costume this year! I can’t wait!’ And then it’s, ‘I like the Batman.’ It’s hard to beat.” Read below for what else happened on the first full day of Comic-Con.
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Other than the geek-god summit of J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon, Sylvester Stallone was arguably the biggest hit of the day, showing footage during the musclebound panel for his new movie The Expendables with cast members Terry Crews, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Randy Couture and his Stallone’s Rocky IV co-star Dolph Lundgren. Austin regaled the audience with a story of Stallone almost blowing him up — it wasn’t in retaliation for Stallone sustaining a hairline fracture in his neck while filming a fight scene with Austin, although the former Rocky Balboa never let the ex-pro wrestler live it down. Stallone also talked a lot about his older projects, admitting that he hated arm wrestling in Over the Top and originally thought Rocky was going to be a B-movie. These days, however, he prefers directing to acting, saying he’s a “power freak.”
Another Expendables star, Bruce Willis made his Comic-Con debut to promote his action movie Red with co-stars Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker and Karl Urban, the geek-friendly Star Trek star who received a lot of the audience questions. Mirren, clad in a shirt memorializing the late comics creator Harvey Pekar, told the audience that it’s bad form to stick your tongue out while firing a gun on film, and Warren Ellis, the British scribe who wrote the original Red graphic novel had the line of the day: “They gave me a lot of money. I could buy most of you now.”
One Haunted Mansion for Disney wasn’t enough. Now Guillermo del Toro has partnered up to work on a new movie based on the popular amusement park ride, according to Scott Bowles. (As long as Eddie Murphy isn’t involved, I’m so there.) Scott also was on hand for Angelina Jolie’s big moment introducing Salt to the Comic-Con crowd.