2017-09 Cincy Comic Expo – Julian Glover







Five months later….lol…let’s upload the video I have from the Julian Glover panel from 2017-09-23 Cincy Comic Expo.

A little background on Julian Glover:

Per his IMDB page:

  • DOB March 27, 1935
  • Julian Wyatt Glover
  • During the 1980s, Glover achieved some fame in Hollywood with roles in popular films such as General Maximilian Veers in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the Greek villain Aristotle Kristatos in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981), Brian Harcourt-Smith in the Cold War thriller The Fourth Protocol (1987) and Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). In the film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), he provided the voice of the giant spider Aragog. He was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
  • He began acting with the National Youth Theatre.
  • His performance in the title role of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s staging of “Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2”, at the Barbican Centre in London, earned him the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in 1993.
  • “I started off playing a villain in the film Tom Jones (1963) and that led to a whole career as villains, really. In fact, it got to the point where I would tell people not to employ me because the audience would see me and instantly know that I did it. Which was rather foolish of me, as I probably talked myself out of quite a lot of work.”

He was very well spoken but hard of hearing.  I enjoyed listening to his behind the scenes stories.  If you go to comic book conventions, you should always take in the panels.  They are free and they give you a perspective of the people you watch on the screen which you might otherwise never see.

My notes from his panel:

  • Tom Jones, Dastardly Soldier (how have I not seen this??)
  • He was supposed to do a film with Anthony Hopkins but a writers’ strike occurred.  He found himself out of work. He traveled to Greece for Alexander the Great and was then called to do James Bond.  Changed his career for the better.
  • He lives a comfortable life.  He lives modestly but is able to enjoy family.
  • For the casting in Star Wars, he had a neighbor who was an executive producer (Watts).  He kept after Spielberg and was able to get him cast for a small role.
  • He got Grand Maester Pycelle on Game of Thrones because the other actor was ill (Roy Detrice).  He went to the writers and said they were wasting his talent.  They did.  They thought up an idea – old man who presents himself falsely to the world (as broken down and elderly) but actually not in bad shape.  He fought hard for that amazing death scene.

Some video of my from the panel:

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