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By:Dee Miyamura
Media Critic and Reviewer

July/August 2010

Burn Notice panel

Cast of Characters:

Chris Vance (Mason Gilroy) … moderator/host

Tim Matheson (Larry Sizemore)

Matt Nix executive producer/ writer/creator

Alfredo Barrios Jr. co-executive producer/supervision producer/writer

Bruce Campbell (Sam Axe)

A typically long Comic Con line had form throughout the morning to gain access to Ballroom 20 on Thursday, July 22nd 2010. I was there with my editor, pulling double-duty as photographer. The first of five (5) actor panels was getting set to begin at 1:00 p.m., USA Network’s “Burn Notice”, to be followed by, “White Collar”, “Psych”, Showtime Anti-Heroes, and “Dexter”.

The house lights goes down, and a video presentation begins. A parody of “Burn Notice” involving Comic Con! The crowd laughing at the punch lines, and applauded as the house lights goes back up.

The audience erupts in cheers and applause, flash of lights from cameras, as the actors are introduced and take their seats on the panel. Bruce Campbell steals the show immediately in his dapper white summer suit and clicking his heels and landing in a pratfall!

Vance begins by asking them his previously prepared questions. Matt was asked if the FBI or any government entities are aware of the show’s portrayal of spy tactics. He confirmed that these entities have said to him: “Yes, we are aware of you.” Matt Mix admitted that reading warning labels are a source of script ideas.

Campbell said that his character involves himself in “fleecing rich women”, and that he did “a lot of research in San Diego.” This brought laughter from the assembled crowd.

Mix confirms that Matheson’s directorial style is that he “Never listens to anything….” Tim didn’t seem to deny this description.

Chris inquires about how the writing process goes as far as dialog for the show’s villains. Matt and Alfredo say they engage in “plenty of role-playing”! One can only imagine these two men pretending to be the characters and interact with each other. This is work?

Bruce Campbell talks about one of the challenges in filming the show on location in Florida. A particular car, with black interior and black exterior Charger! Sexy. Cool car. Yes? Not while filming. Bruce says: “A jet black car. No air conditioning. In a parking lot. In Miami (Florida). In August.” We all knew what that meant. Campbell was sweating buckets!

Vance chimes in: “You’re an incredibly sexy man, Bruce!”

Burn Notice panel A favorite scene or stunt was asked, and this time Matheson relates his had Weston jumping out of a helicopter into the ocean!

Bruce Campbell grins and states that “Larry’s a buttface….” And that there is “No one like Tim Matheson to play weasels!”

Mix shares that Tim as Larry can change “from affection to rage believably in one step.”

The laughter and questions and answers stopped briefly as it was announced that “Burn Notice” hit the 1 million friends mark on FACEBOOK! Loud rowdy cheers, whistles and shouts washed through the ballroom in celebration!!

Somehow the questioning came to women, love interest on the show. Bruce Campbell jumps in with a statement that he was looking for a woman in Miami. This was during the audience Q & A, and a woman stepped up to the microphone and stated “If you’re looking for a woman… I’m here from Miami!”

Leaving his seat and walking to the front of the stage, Bruce looks out into the crowd and using the come-hither with his fingers, says: “Come up?” The lady from Miami walks to the front of the stage and turns around to face the crowd and slightly pushes her booty to Bruce, he peels off a few bucks and tosses it to her!

A question about the quality of guest stars appearing on the show, elicits Matt to joke “We’ve been very disappointed with the guest stars this year…” Chris Vance, our Moderator for the panel, happened to be one of the guest stars, threw off his Comic Con badge and exits the stage with Campbell in pursuit!

Talk turned to a possible movie, when a USA Network executive walks onstage to say: “What the world could really use is a little more Bruce Campbell!” Bruce was asked, “What do you think?” and his quick response was, “USA finally got their shit together!” The movie in question will be a prequel to the series.

Matheson asks, as he too peels off a series of bills, “I wanna know who is going to direct?”

The big joke with Tim Matheson, in his role as director, is that he is fond of using cranes while filming. Even if there is NO crane on set of available.

What is your ideal of a good movie? Campbell says “Bridge Over The River Kwai” and that Holden was a man, not a boy king! This was Mr. Campbell’s not so subtle reference to the type of actors in modern film today. The frivolity ended as the last question was asked, the members of the panel rose from their chairs and waved as the audience applauded, cheered, and yelled!

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