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The cast of ABC’s smash hit ‘Castle’ visited the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on March 9, 2012 for a fun filled Q&A. Moderated by William Keck, the cast and the show’s creator Andrew Marlowe merrily entertained their fans with hilarious anecdotes and delicious tidbits about upcoming events in the current season.
The attendees included Nathan Fillion, who plays the charming novelist Richard Castle; Stana Katic, who plays the luscious homicide detective Kate Beckett; Molly C. Quinn, who plays Castle’s down to earth teenage daughter Alexis; Susan Sullivan, who plays Castle’s dramatic but loving mother Martha; Jon Huertas, who plays the spicy Detective Javier Esposito;
Seamus Dever, who plays the adorable counterpart Detective Kevin Ryan; Tamala Jones, who plays the sassy coroner and Kate Beckett’s best friend Lanie Parish; Penny Johnson Jerald, who plays the hard edged new Captain Victoria Gates; and creator/writer Andrew Marlowe.
The panel started off with a special screening of an upcoming episode, “A Dance with Death,” which premieres on ABC March 19, 2012, and then Keck brought the stars out to start the Q&A.
One of the best things about ‘Castle’ is the chemistry between each of the actors and actresses. The show has picked people with vastly different backgrounds—from soap opera actors like Susan Sullivan and Nathan Fillion in his earliest role to the U.S. Air Force like Jon Huertas—and the writers have the ability to mix them together in the most interesting ways. They are a tightly knit group both on and off screen and the panel exposed the quirky relationships the actors have built in their four seasons working on the show.
Moderator William Keck brought a very relaxed air to the room that made the questions even more fun for the cast to answer. He nudged Andrew Marlowe for tidbits about upcoming episodes and the creator cheerfully gave him a few cryptic answers.
Marlowe revealed the title for Richard Castle’s next book—“Frozen Heat”—and that it would be hitting real bookshelves later this year. Richard Castle’s novels are in fact actual novels written by a mysterious ghostwriter and have landed on the New York Times’ Best Sellers more than once. So far, there have been three released—“Heat Wave”, “Naked Heat”, and “Heat Rises”—with the fourth coming in 2012.
He went on to say that there are plans to dive into the Derrick Storm world again. Storm was Richard Castle’s first character and his claim to fame before he eventually grew tired of him by the first episode of the show.
Marlowe also mentioned that Castle might start digging into finding out about his missing father. His mother Martha had many lovers around the time he was born and so he never knew who his father was until a Russian double agent dropped a potential clue that Castle Sr. might work for the CIA.
Marlowe continued on to say that by the end of the season, they would once again touch on the deadly case of Johanna Beckett’s murder, which will throw Castle and Beckett back into the chaos they have previously faced.
The questions Keck gave the cast members were varied and excellent. He started by having them read a shortened version of the script from the season four episode “The Blue Butterfly”, which was a shout out to film noir 1940’s classics. The cast engaged in the reading with plenty of gusto, funny accents, and even a demonstration of a deleted fight scene between Seamus, Nathan, and Jon.
Jon and Seamus revealed that they liked to play pranks, and once scared Nathan Fillion half to death in an old abandoned basement in California. Tamala Jones revealed that while her character Lanie is interested in Det. Esposito, she had no trouble kissing Nathan Fillion in “The Blue Butterfly” as part of her cover and hilariously compared his lips to “waves of satin”, which Seamus Dever then confirmed.
Other funny moments came up when Keck asked about Stana and Nathan being handcuffed together for the season four episode “Cuffed”, which Stana replied was “salacious” much to the crowd’s delight.
Keck asked the newest cast member, Penny Johnson Jerald, about if it was difficult to play a rather cold boss who doesn’t quite care for Castle and she expressed her enjoyment of giving Nathan Fillion a hard time, which he cheerfully confirmed.
Keck also talked about some personal thoughts about Susan and Molly’s characters as Richard Castle’s family members. Both were very happy to share how they felt about the progression of the romance and the challenges they faced in the upcoming episodes.
Another great thing about the panel is that it was streamed live on livestream.com for those who were unable to attend. Fans from all over the world gathered to watch and chat about the questions, answers, and reactions from other fans. It was rare opportunity for the cast, crew, and fans of the show to come together to enjoy their work and discover new things about each other.
‘Castle’ premieres Mondays at 10:00pm EST and will return March 19, 2012 with a new episode.