Cast and fans come together to celebrate beloved show.
Article and Photos by Annika Ahmed
Rejoice, Marshmallows! “Veronica Mars” is back!
Paleyfest 2014 kicked off on March 13 with the long-awaited “Veronica Mars reunion, which coincidentally coincided with the premiere of the Kickstarter funded “Veronica Mars” movie, in theatres on March 14.
The panel started off with a screening of the documentary, “By The Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie” which was part behind the scenes look at the filming of the movie and part love letter to the fans who made the whole thing possible. Afterwards, show creator Rob Thomas and members of the cast (Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, and Tina Majorino) took questions from panel moderator HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall and the audience.
Here are a few things we learned about the show and it’s cast during the Q & A:
1.Tina Majorino still thinks about her character, Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie.
When the cast was asked whether they wonder where their characters would be now, Tina Majorino replied that when faced with computer problems in her daily life, she often laments her lack of computer savvy and exclaims, “Mac could’ve done this!”
2. At one point, Francis Capra was afraid he might have been Lilly Kane’s killer.
For much of the first season, the cast had no idea who the killer of Veronica’s best friend was, leaving each cast member to come up with their own theories. Francis Capra, who played Eli “Weevil” Navarro, leader of Neptune’s PCH motorcycle gang and one of Lilly Kane’s many secret lovers, thought at one point that it might have been him.
3. Chemistry was the deciding factor in the creation of LoVe.
According to Rob Thomas, there were originally no plans to have Veronica Mars and bad boy Logan Echolls enter into a romantic entanglement. However, when the chemistry between Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring became glaringly obvious, the writers decided to create what has become the most epic of relationships.
4. Harry Hamlin turned down a movie role to film the season one finale of Veronica Mars.
Harry Hamlin, who portrayed Aaron Echolls, was one of the many guest stars who appeared on a handful of episodes during the first season of Veronica Mars. However, as Rob Thomas related, this placed the show in a precarious situation: The guest actors could become busy with other projects at any time, thus ending their involvement with Veronica Mars. Which is exactly what almost happened when Hamlin was offered a movie role that would have him filming in Australia the same month that Veronica Mars would be filming their season finale. That is, the episode where Aaron Echolls is revealed as the killer/lover of Lilly Kane.
However, as luck would have it, Hamlin decided to turn the movie down, thus freeing him up to film that explosive season finale.
5. Rob Thomas wanted to bring back Duncan Kane and his daughter, Lilly for a post credits sequence but couldn’t due to time and budget constraints.
When an audience member asked why Duncan Kane, Veronica’s first boyfriend, wasn’t brought back for the movie, Rob Thomas shared that considering how his character left the show (kidnapping his infant child from his dead girlfriend’s parents and running away to Mexico), bringing him back to just show up at the 10 year high school reunion wouldn’t have made much sense. He went on to add that he originally planned to shoot a post credits sequence, showing what Duncan was currently up to, but due to and lack of time and money, he was unable to do so.
Fans in attendance at the Paleyfest event had a wonderful evening supporting one of their favorite shows.