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Nathan Fillion Cosplays As Captain Kirk And Chris Hardwick As Marty McFly

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FillionKirkSan Diego’s Comic-Con International 2014 has begun, and it’s the most magical time of the year! Granted, some of that magic involves the inability to find a hotel room, the crushing press of too many people in too small a space, and LINES FOR EVERYTHING. But still, you get to see some pretty awesome stuff, assuming you can get in to see any of the awesome stuff. For those of us not making the pilgrimage this year, we’ll have to rely on the second-hand awesomeness. But thankfully that second-hand awesomeness today involves Nathan Fillion cosplaying as Captain Kirk, so what do we really have to complain about?

THR has put together its annual Comic-Con preview issue, and as part of this year’s line-up, they dressed Fillion up in Kirk’s classic gold Original Series uniform for a snazzy photoshoot. The man could give vintage Shatner a run for his money in the dashing, square-jawed hero department, but his subbing for Starfleet doesn’t mean he’s snubbing the loyal Browncoats who have ensured that Firefly is still a pop-culture phenomenon over 10 years after it went off the air. He told THR:

They have always been there, since the show started. There’s just so many more of them now. They don’t go away. You meet children who are named for characters on the show. Now I know Firefly will never die.

In the video below, you can see Fillion sound off about some of his favorite Comic-Con memories, including just how ridiculously long the line was for the 10th anniversary Firefly panel.

Also climbing aboard the THR cosplay train was Nerdist mogul Chris Hardwick, who decked himself out in denim to portray Back to the Future’s Marty McFly. In addition to his excellent Nerdist Podcast and its associated media empire, he hosts the The Talking Dead on AMC and Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated @midnight, and he’s typically moderating about 73% of the panels at any given Comic-Con. In fact, the very first Hall H Con panel he hosted was for the movie Paul…which was also the site of a notorious stabbing incident. He recalled:

We were about to go on — me and Sigourney Weaver and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost — and they go, ‘OK, everyone back up to the green room. There was a stabbing.’ And we’re like, ‘What? Did somebody beheaded with a bat’leth or or was it a morning star? Was it a mace?’ ‘No, it was a mechanical pencil.’ Oh, of course.

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And here’s Chris giving his very best Marty McFly impression and remembering the time he sang a classic rock duo with Tom Cruise:

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