I picked up an old issue of Parade Magazine that was lying around our friends’ house this past week, mainly because Nathan Fillion was on the front cover reading an old paperback copy of Peter Benchley’s “Jaws.” The cover was promoting the issue’s main theme of summer reading, which was the second thing that grabbed my attention. Parade’s cover identified Fillion as the star of “Castle,” but anyone with any knowledge of true classic television will know that Nathan Fillion is better known as Mal Reynolds, captain of the ship Serenity in the wonderful but regrettably short-lived TV series “Firefly.” The geek-boy in me back flipped in excitement.
It seems that Fillion is a big-time reader and has been ever since he was a kid. Even though he reads digital books because of his shooting schedule, he does love real books: “The smell, having it in your hands – there’s really no substitute.”
That’s my kind of guy.
It also turns out that some of his favorite books are some of mine as well. The series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, better known by the title of the first volume “A Game of Thrones,” is a Fillion favorite. So are the Spenser books by the late, great Robert B. Parker. Fillion also stated that if they ever decide to revive the old “Spenser: For Hire” TV series, he’d be interested in the Spenser part. Yes!
On top of all of that, it turns out that Nathan Fillian is a cofounder of an organization called Kids Need to Read. This group donates books to libraries and schools who can’t afford to buy the books they need. You should definitely check these folks out.
As you can tell, I’m impressed with this guy. Not only is he a fine actor but he’s also a reader and a generous human being. That’s something anybody can get all geeky about!