At a recent convention here in Australia, John DiMaggio (voices the Joker in Under the Red Hood
) was invited as a guest. I'd had a couple of nice encounters with him on facebook through my very vocal support of his work and so I expected to get a friendly nod when I went up to get his autograph and photo.
But I got SO MUCH MORE.
... for example, while waiting in line for the photo to which he signed 'to my favourite Harley' (!!!), he actually saw me, came over to me to give me a HUGE HUG and say it was great to see me and ask how I was and such... everyone around us had their jaws on the floor... it was so exciting and I felt so honoured that he would go to the trouble.
He gave me another huge hug when I went in for the photo and a quick chat. As you can see, he also signed the pic with a wonderful statement! :D
But it actually didn't end there!
I was having drinks at this particular bar when DiMaggio showed up... (I was later to learn this bar is in the hotel all the celeb guests stay at!)... I excitedly but nervously went over to say hi and when he saw me he said 'Elise!' and gave me another big hug... omg... he knew me even out of my regular costume... I was so thrilled. I told him he was my favourite Joker and he said coming from an uber fan like me, it meant a lot.
Because I am the world's biggest dork, I jokerised a little Bender toy for John... gosh I was so embarrassed but he was really sweet about it and actually looked really touched.
The photos of him with my gun and with the Bender toy I got after I had been waiting in line for his auto only for his assistant to come and tell me not to worry about waiting, just to come back at the end and he'd sign anything I want. HE WAS SUCH A PRINCE!
When I was saying goodbye, he gave me the massivest hug and told me I was the best fan a man could have and an absolute doll. Such a legend!
Apart from being so kind to me, I noticed he was very lovely and accommodating to all his fans, very friendly and approachable and worked hard to have good energy all weekend. I'm sure it's exhausting having to be switched on for so many long hours for so many hundreds of people, so it just makes me respect him all the more for being so amazingly awesome about it.
A friend of mine asked him, during his panel, to do the Joker voice, to which he replied it was the one voice he simply couldn't turn on at will - that he had to be in the right circumstances, the right headspace to do it. I was pretty impressed by this answer as, to me, it indicates the amount of work and effort he put into the role - and I value that very much! <3