Before I go to bed, I need to post something about Ken Stott.
I didn’t think of Ken Stott as a particularly big convention person so, when last year 10 dwarves got announced for HobbitCon and he wasn’t among them, I wasn’t surprised. He also hadn’t been at the Wellington, New York or London premiere of Hobbit AUJ. So, I just thought maybe it’s not his cup of tea, maybe he doesn’t really want to be associated too much with the nerdy Hobbit stuff.
I was very pleasantly surprised to see him attend the Berlin premiere and even more so when he was announced as one of the dwarves to attend HobbitCon 2 (*makes sassy handmotions*). I was a bit worried that he might cancel again when he realised what he got himself into but unlike a certain other dwarf actor who shall not be named, Ken Stott did attend the convention.
I’d met all of the other dwarves except William last year and I was very very excited for Ken. If I learned anything last year, it is that every single one of the actors is so bloody amazing and fun and exciting and it’s not just the pretty one (Dean) or the adorable one (Adam) or the naughty one (Jed) that get attention but all of them. John Callen for example is so amazing and fun on stage. And just… yeah. Anyway, Ken Stott.
It’s not because he is such a renowned actor that I was most excited about him but because I didn’t know what to expect and if he would be grumpy or judge everyone or wouldn’t like it… but… I think I speak for about 90% of the attendees - Ken blew everyone away.
Not only was he super funny and intelligent, he was also honest and open about this. He was asked why he didn’t attend a con before and he said that he sort of didn’t know what to expect and that someone told him that conventions are crap. In the end he got curious and agreed to attend HobbitCon because the other dwarves said it’s fun (and the best convention they ever attended!). And once he came to the con, he completely changed his mind and his view. He realised that it’s about celebrating something we love and admire his work. Ken Stott didn’t judge people, he took his time with fans at the autograph session, he talked to us, he was funny and just such an amazing guest.
Don’t get me wrong, of course I know that actors are getting paid to do this but you can /tell/ when someone is enjoying themselves or if they are hesitant and uncomfortable. And none of the actors or HobbitCon were. I mean, yeah, sure, sometimes fans come up to them in their free time when they just walk around the convention floor (which they do, the actors! 3000 people there and they have no hesitation walking around by themselves!) and might even be a bit annoying but at the end of the day they are having so much fun.
And what Ken said at the closing ceremony, that he saw so much hope in people’s eyes, saw how they are celebrating these movies and are just having fun touched him and I just… Ken Stott is amazing and I’m so fucking glad I met him and I sincerely hope there will be a HobbitCon 3 (*makes sassy handmotion*) and maybe this time we’ll get all 12 of them… or maybe even all 13… And if not, I really hope that the dwarves that were there this year will all be back next year because there wasn’t one who disappointed me, every single one of them is amazing.
And… don’t even get me started on Sir Richard Taylor. That man deserves his own fucking post. He deserves his own fucking universe!