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And All Was Right With the World

MTV Tries to Separate the “Geeks” From the “Poseurs” At SDCC, Harrison Ford Is Having None Of It [VIDEO]


Pressing play on this video I was all ready to be irritated at the idea of “unmasking” “fake geeks” as “poseurs,” like if you don’t know Smaug’s name it somehow invalidates any possible geekery, and like the celebs in geek movies and TV shows like Agent of SHIELD and Once Upon a Time should necessarily be assumed to be geeks themselves, and if they’re not they’re just dirty liars. Granted, the video is just a bit of fun, but I saw it right after we ran a photo gallery about the “fake geek girl” concept, so maaaaybe anger at the whole “fake geek” idea was at the forefront of my mind.

But then I watched the video. And readers, seeing how Harrison Ford was 150% done with the whole affair made my heart grow three sizes. His response to being asked to impersonate an angry Chewbacca will keep me going through dark times.

(via: MTV)

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  • http://www.mygeekygeekyways.com Starman

    I’m much more amused that Hugh Jackman clearly knew the answer to the question about Katniss and went for a District 9 joke.

  • http://www.jamiemulhern.com/ jamie

    He’s like a grandpa now! oh! hugs.

  • Lady Viridis

    I’m just deeply amused at how Hugh Jackman knows ALL the answers. All of them.

  • http://www.angelahighland.com/ Angela Korra’ti (Highland)

    _Seriously_, you’re going to ask _Han Solo_ to do a Chewbacca impersonation? I’m PRETTY DAMN SURE he knows what Chewbacca sounds like. ;)

    Also, 50 points to House Jackman for his District 9 joke!

  • Anonymous

    LOOK AT THIS FRACKING BRO DOING THE INTERVIEWING.

    Seriously, he looks like the kid from Rushmore on the Ryan Braun diet.

  • http://www.according2robyn.blogspot.com/ According2Robyn

    I’m pretty sure Harrison Ford is 150% done with everything. Lately, he always looks like he just woke up with a massive hangover, and he talks like the people around him are yappy little dogs trying to get his attention.

    I love him so much.

  • Alex Gollner

    Lovely, MTV shows me an advert before telling me I can’t see their video outside the US.

    How to stop piracy: 1 Create great stuff 2 Make it easy to buy 3 Same day worldwide release 4 Fair price 5 Works on any device

  • Anonymous

    MTV making accusations of who’s a poseur? that’s rich.

  • Anonymous

    My favorites (besides the obvious Hugh Jackman and Harrison Ford responses) was the actress who said Thor was from Norse mythology, because that’s a true nerd answer, and how cute Ginnifer Goodwin was when she got the Katniss question right. Methinks she’s a Hunger Games fan.

    But OMG Hugh Jackman.

    Does anyone else get the impression that Harrison Ford is totally putting on this “grumpy old man” persona to amuse himself?

  • Anonymous

    Everybody knows MTV is the real ‘poser’ here.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Is there somewhere those of us outside the US can see this?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Sorry, not that I’m aware of. MTV decides what countries to make their vids available in and there’s nothing we can really do about it; I wish there were. :( That said, a reader commented on this post on FB with this link: http://brokensecrets.com/2010/09/27/how-to-watch-blocked-internet-videos/. It might be worth checking out.

  • LifeLessons

    I so would have won.

  • Anonymous

    In fairness, I bet most people around him ARE yappy little dogs trying to get his attention.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Thanks, Rebecca – the instructions were slightly off (older version, I think) but I figured it out, and was able to view! Can I just say Hugh Jackman was awesome?

  • Jade Carver

    Not in America, can’t watch it. Sigh.

  • Amanda LaPergola

    Clark Gregg. Those glasses.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I hate the whole “there are poseurs” concept. But I kind of love Clark Gregg’s nerd-sass.

    (Also, dangit, MTV, I’d managed to keep myself GoT spoiler-free, you jerks.)

  • Anonymous

    I want to see them try and stump Colbert on Tolkien trivia just to see the epic takedown and complete destruction of the whole of MTV.

    Meanwhile I’m sure it’s funny to air segments like this, but I don’t really expect genre actors- or anyone else- to know every detail of genre trivia. You wouldn’t drag in fast food employees and quiz them on the calorie count of various items or ask a McDonald’s employee what the original KFC slogan was or whatever just because “you’re working in the fast food industry so clearly you’ll know everything.”

    Actors are just there for the job. If they happen to also be nerds, that’s great, but I wouldn’t expect random people to know stuff beyond the content of their own movie.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    You’re welcome! Hugh Jackman’s the BEST.

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    Meanwhile I’m sure it’s funny to air segments like this, but I don’t
    really expect genre actors- or anyone else- to know every detail of
    genre trivia. You wouldn’t drag in fast food employees and quiz them on
    the calorie count of various items or ask a McDonald’s employee what the
    original KFC slogan was or whatever just because “you’re working in the
    fast food industry so clearly you’ll know everything.”

  • dorothy_notgale

    This is really annoying, and I do enjoy Ford’s reaction.

    What’s weird is how many of these supposedly A-or-B, right-or-wrong questions are open to interpretation and designed to create false wrong answers to make the presenters look superior.

    For example, Clark Kent IS SUPERMAN’S REAL NAME! It’s the name his parents freaking gave him! The name he grew up with and uses with all of his friends and loved ones! …Or do adoptive parents not count? Is the name he didn’t even hear until he was a full adult, from the people he never met, more important!?

    Also, Thor IS from Norse mythology. Now, had they said, “Where does the Marvel Comics character named Thor come from,” on the other hand…

  • http://arewerobots.libsyn.com/ DarthBetty

    Videos like this always cause a mixture of delight and anger from me because I would gladly watch the full interviews for each of these set of actors. I would waste my whole day.
    I NERD. I WANT MORE.

  • jessadg

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the whole Superman’s Real Name question. I think it all comes down to how he identifies. The fact that I have spent as much time thinking about this as I have, though, clearly gives me a few geek points. ;)

  • dorothy_notgale

    Have all the points you want – like Superman, I think being a geek is all in how you identify! ;)

  • Anonymous

    Technically, Thor is from Norse mythology and from space. No points for that?? But Hugh Jackman?? Clark Gregg?? Those guys are on point! And to be half as cool as Harrison Ford would almost be too cool for anyone.

  • Anonymous

    I was getting tired of it, right up until Clark Gregg used the phrase “Asgardian shtetl”.

    Holy crap, I will follow that man anywhere now.

  • Anonymous

    I played Gunstar Heroes, Phantasy Star 2, and Golden Axe when they first released on the Sega Genesis. If I’m a fake geek because I don’t know the name of some shitty dragon from The Hobbit… go fuck yourself :

  • Chris L.

    Yeah, the spoiler ticked me off too. I vowed never to watch a single episode until the book series was done. Still, it was worth it!

  • http://www.spaceunicorn.net Jayme

    Did Kit Harrington do the Japanese “Get!” when he answered that question correctly? I’m not imagining that, right? Because *fangirl* Or is this also a Brit thing?