For his part, McAvoy, who managed to fit in a WonderCon appearance the same weekend he'll be on the red carpet for Oscars (supporting his Oscar-nominated Atonement) says doing an action movie was never something he thought about in the wee hours. "I always admired Michael J. Fox, he jumped over more things in the Back to the Future movies than Mel Gibson did in the Lethal Weapons," the amiable (and, OK, adorable in scruffy jeans and goatee) actor said during a panel discussion after the clip. "He got to jump over a Delorean--I got to jump a bridge!"
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Unfortunately, the nighttime 30-minute screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D starring Brendan Fraser was overbooked and I wasn't able to get in, which was disappointing given that earlier in the day I got to see some cool making-of footage that had my inner 3-D fan raring to go. It showed the blue-screen process of creating the scene where Fraser and his two co-stars fall through the earth into a strange world of huge mushrooms, flying fish and giant dinosaurs. It's the very first live-action movie to be filmed in digital for 3D projection, so it is ambitious, and looks fun.
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And earlier that day:
"Hey...is that Lou Ferrigno that just got off our plane?"
"I dunno, kinda looks like him--that guy's huge. But wouldn't he be like 70 by now?"
"He looks like that guy we saw at Petco in Santa Monica a few weeks ago. I think it's him."
"He's got two hearing aids, so maybe."
"Yeah, it's him. Look, he's charging 20 bucks for a photo."
"Wow. He didn't let himself go like Schwarzenegger."