Why do movie stars do convetions?
January 29, 2012 3:30 PM Subscribe
Sci-Fi Convention Filters: Why do movie stars do autograph and photo-op sessions?
posted by Flood to Media & Arts (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in Orlando, FL. I have attended MegaCon a few times (which is supposedly the 2nd largest sci-fi / fantasy convention, after ComicCon in SD). It is always a fun day going to MegaCon. I am going again this year. I have never done one of the autograph or photo-op sessions, but might this year. Some of my nieces are going, and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) is one of the many visiting stars - and they are dying to meet him, and are willing to pay their own $40 to do it. So, we are going to do it. And that got me thinking...
Why are do movie stars do these conventions at all? I know that some are promoting new movies, and are there as part of contractual promotional obligation. But not all of them. Not Tom Felton, or Stan Lee, or William Shatner.
The obvious answer is money. There are lots of lesser movie stars that will no doubt earn some nice cash. Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) will be there. $30 for an autograph from him. What was the last film he was in? I bet he can probably earn $15,000 or $20,000 in one weekend. (Figure he can do 300 autographs and photo-ops a day, and that his share of the money is $20 each. He is there for 3 days.) Nice pay weekend. It would make my year.
But Tom Felton, Stan Lee, William Shatner - why do they do it? They are not promoting anything. They are all worth ten of millions. I am sure it is a grinding 3 days of work. I mean, my nieces are confident that Tom Felton will be scary and mean. They are expecting Draco Malfoy, not an actor named Tom. And, he will have to be on his game, smiling, meeting fans, for hours each day. Why would an A-list star put themselves through that? They can't need the money? Right?
If they are there to connect with fans, then why are they charging more money to see the A-List stars.
Why would Tom Felton, Stan Lee, and William Shatner do photo-op sessions at MegaCon?