Would Kevin Sorbo shave his head? Glyn’s Estepona Con report Part 3
This is the final part of Glyn’s amazing report about Kevin’s appearance at the 12th Costa del Sol International Science Fiction Film Festival in Estepona, Spain, last September 19-24, 2011, at which he received the “Unicorn of Honor” Award. Oh, man, wish I had been there!
Kevin departed Spain on September 24, and traveled to his awesome Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament benefiting his foundation, A World Fit For Kids!, that occurred in scenic Napa, California, which I had the privilege to attend.
More about that later. For now, please enjoy Glyn’s last Estepona story.
Again, we all gathered in the foyer on the Thursday afternoon. This time Kevin was wearing his golfing gear: blue shirt, shorts and trainers. (Yes, his legs are nicely tanned – I know the stuff you want to know *wink*). The talk was taking place in a meeting room in reception where the film had been shown the previous day. There didn’t seem to be a rush for the front row, so me and Snoops got good seats – I was sitting right opposite Kevin’s chair. (He must’ve thought, “OH NO! Not her again!”).
The Spanish press was there doing some interviews with the Spanish-speaking fans, and as soon as they had finished, the talk started. Guess who asked the first question? *blush* *grin* I actually asked a few – I can’t remember which order I asked them in…
Q: Would you have your head shaved for a part?
He said he’d have it cut short, and then said about the first season of “Andromeda” (that) his hair felt really short to him, but in hindsight it wasn’t. He got it shorter for later seasons because Dylan was a military guy and that’s how he’d wear it, but he really missed his long hair.
Q: I know you like old movies, is there anyone from the past you would’ve liked to work with?
A: Cary Grant or Paul Newman – then he paused, gave a big grin and said Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. He talked about (his upcoming film) “Abel’s Field,” and said having all those tattoos made him feel really cool when he walked into the gym (he pointed at Snoops). I asked how long it took to put them on. Apparently, they just go on like kid’s transfers – just press the design onto the skin with water – so it took less than an hour and they lasted for about five days before they faded away.
Snoops asked if he had ever been injured?
Kevin recounted the time Michael Hurst nearly killed him while filming a fight scene in the Xena episode. (I’m sure you all know the story). He said he woke up in hospital with eight stitches. I asked if they shaved his head. He said yes, but he had plenty of hair to cover it up. Michael thought it was funny and gave him a bottle of Scotch – unfortunately, Kevin doesn’t like Scotch.
Someone else asked him who was his favourite actress to work with?
Without much hesitation he answered Kristy Swanson (“What If…”), saying what a joy she was. Then after a few seconds hesitation, grinned and said he really should have said his wife (laughter).
After his talk came the autograph session. Kevin laid out a collection of photos, and we all clustered around the table. I’d promised Alison (Aliykat) a photo as I know how much she adores the Sorbs, so I made a grab for a nice sexy one for her from his modelling days, and I got one of Herc for myself. Lindsey, who stood next to me, gave Kevin a copy of the club mag and some other items, and Anne gave him a lovely laminated poster of how much the club had raised for his charity. Kevin was very impressed with that and said he would put it on display at his golf tournament and get the celebs to sign it and perhaps they could auction if off and raise more money.
The OEKSFC had their autographs, then it was my turn. (Oh my, those baby blues again *grin*). I handed Ali’s photo over and explained it was for Alison whom he might know better as Alikat, and said she wished she could meet him (he said, “one day”) and that she was really excited to get something that he had touched. He then put his fingerprints ALL over the photo and kissed it. I handed my Herc pic over and spelled out my name: “G – L –Y…” Before I got to the “N,” he said he knew the name (!!) and said he remembered faces. (My scary face, judging by the photos, will probably give the poor guy nightmares for weeks!!!). I told him I was the one who posted cheeky jokes and that my pals say I’m a cheeky monkey… Then I said he was also a cheeky monkey judging by some of his jokes, and I gave him a little monkey pin badge. That made him laugh, and he said his daughter would probably steal that. He also said he had a good joke for me and that he’d post it on Friday, and that he has to get a friend to post stuff because he’s not so good with that side of things. (When I checked it out it was one of mine that I’d sent ages ago!!!! Haha!)
At that point I thought I’d hogged him long enough, so I sat down. Although there were not many people in attendance, it was very busy around that table (with) lots of people taking photos and videos. I don’t think a European Convention event would have been that relaxed.
As the queue was dwindling down, Snoops decided to get a photo signed. He chose a really nice one of Herc and Iolaus. When he said his name was Snoopy, Kevin hesitated and asked him to spell it (he’s probably never signed that name before) then said, “Oh, like the dog.” LOL. When Kevin asked why he’s got that nickname, I chimed in and said he has Snoopy eyes after a few beers. Kevin laughed at that.
After the autographs it was time for the photo session. When it came to my turn I made sure the photographer knew I wanted three different poses then I turned to Kevin and said, “Well, I like to get my money’s worth,” to which he laughed. The first one was a hug; for the second one I told him to put his head on my shoulder; and as I turned around for the third one Kevin gripped my shoulders (ooooo… such a FIRM grip,*swoon*), faced me towards the camera and put his chin on top of my head.
Snoops was next in the queue. He told Kevin he wanted an “arms folded” shot (Hercules classic pose). Believe it or not, this got applause – not sure who was clapping, but I think some ladies appreciated it.
Once everyone had their photos it was nearly time for Kevin to go. The manager of the hotel came in for a photo and got Kevin to autograph the big poster of “Kull,” then it was all over. He waved his goodbyes and thanked everyone for coming and disappeared out of the door …*sigh*. The film, “Coffin,” was being shown to round off the afternoon.
Well, (all), that’s my report. Apart from meeting the Big Guy it was a pleasure and a joy to meet up with fellow fans of Kevin. You ladies rock!!!
Sorry if I’ve missed anything out, but I hope you enjoyed my report. Wish you could all have been there.
Kevin is everything you’ve heard about him and more: friendly, easy to talk to, funny… just a regular guy who you would like to have a beer with… Oh, and did I mention… gorgeous? *wink* *grin*
(Photos by Teresa)