There are two completely different sides to that feisty animal called Comic-Con. There's the part where press line up to grab generic sound bites from the actors and actresses working their particular upcoming movie, and then there's the part where you wind up chatting with those same actors and actresses at late-night parties after both of you have thrown back one too many. One such after-hours conversation I had was with Chuck's Zachary Levi. We were at a party, it was way past midnight -- the open bar alcohol had been flowing for hours -- and of course I figured now would be the perfect time to stumble up to the guy and ask him about those Superman rumors from earlier in the month.
Unfortunately, at the time, Levi was a little apprehensive about talking about the whole thing, and after a few minutes a couple other movie writers had joined the conversation and convinced the actor to chat with us off the record. So, yes, I've been sitting on that conversation until now, and while I technically shouldn't be writing about it because it was "off the record," it seems Levi has finally opened up about it "on the record" (for IGN), and so now we should be all good.
One thing I got from Levi is that the guy is itching to make the leap to the big screen in a big way, and he definitely wouldn't be against starring in a superhero film. In fact, I got the sense that he was enjoying the Superman rumors quite a bit -- though, unfortunately, he admitted to us (as well as IGN) that the Superman audition rumor was completely false in every conceivable way.
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Here's what he told IGN: "It's complete fiction. A bummer that it's complete fiction!" Levi recounted how he himself began hearing about it. "I start getting these text messages from my friends, saying, 'What is going on? You didn't tell us any of this!' And I'm asking, 'What are you talking about?' I get this link emailed to me from my publicist. She goes, 'Just so you know...' I go check it out, and of course, on the bottom of that article there's all these comments, and every other article that spawned off of that and all the comments on those sites."
"I guess one of the things that I fear is that people pigeonhole me in the nerd role. Because a lot them say, 'Well, I can see him as Clark Kent, but I can't see me as Supes.'" Levi laughed, adding, "I'm an actor! Just give me six months and a gym. Give me something! I guess one of the upsides is that people are going, 'I can believe him as Wally West. Make him The Flash! I can believe that!' Which would be amazing."
Levi did talk about some other superheroes with us, and whether or not he'd be interested in those roles, but for now I'll still keep that off the record since, well, there was too much alcohol involved in our conversation. I will say, though, that the guy is a legitimate fan and one of those down-to-earth actors who you can't help but wish good vibes upon. Perhaps he's not right for Superman, but Levi has everything Marvel is looking for, including the good looks and charisma. He may miss DC, but I wouldn't be surprised if folks start looking his way in the near future.
Which superhero (if any) would you like to see Zachary Levi play?