Comic-Con 2011: 'Person of Interest' EPs Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman on Stormtroopers and Spandex (Q&A)

"The Dark Knight" screenwriter ditched his "Stormtrooper mask and painted my face up as the Joker and went running around the streets of San Diego with a few other kids for a few hours."
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James Caviezel in "Person of Interest"

With hundreds of thousands of people attending San Diego Comic-Con every year and the July 20-24 event quickly approaching, The Hollywood Reporter chatted with the big names in television to discuss their favorite memories and tips for attending the annual event. THR’s Live Feed will talk Comic-Con with actors, writers and producers in the days leading up to the event so check back soon for interviews and the latest news on panels and screenings.

Jonathan Nolan
Geek Cred:
The Dark Knight
Upcoming: Creator/EP of CBS’Person of Interest; screenwriter, Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises

Greg Plageman
Geek Cred:
Cold Case
Upcoming: Showrunner/EP of CBS’ Person of Interest
Comic-Con panel: Person of Interest, Saturday, July 23, 6:45-7:30, Room 6BCF

THR: What’s your favorite Comic-Con memory?
We were there for the Dark Knight gag and since we weren’t there officially my brother Chris told me I had to go dressed in disguise. I explained that no one was going to recognize me because I’m a writer. I was instructed to go dressed as a Stormtrooper, so I went down wearing a Stormtrooper helmet.

THR: How long did you last in it?
(Laughing) Not very long! They gave us badges that had code names on them. Between the Stormtrooper helmet and the badge, we managed to get out of their alive. Because all of the fans got together for the viral gag were dressing up as the Joker with facepaint, we just blended in with them and got our faces painted – I ditched my Stormtrooper mask and painted my face up as the Joker and went running around the streets of San Diego with a few other kids for a few hours. It was great fun.

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THR: What panel would you stand in line all day to see?
My wife, [Burn Notice writer] Lisa Joy will be there with her indie comic, Headache, that she put out this year. I’d stand in line for that.

Plageman: Game of Thrones.

THR: Who would be on your dream panel?
Chris Carter.

THR: What tips do you have for Comic-Con first-timers?
Spandex -- don’t do it. And take the train.

THR: If you could work on any other show, what would it be and what would you do?
I’d love to work on Rescue Me, Californication or Boardwalk Empire.

Nolan: I like Game of Thrones but I could do with less of the adolescent kids sucking boobs. That threw me for a loop. The whole breast-feeding 12-year-old boy thing – if there were a TiVo button to skip that stuff, it’d be great.

THR: What can we expect from Person of Interest panel?
We reveal all the secrets of the show in coded form. (Laughs.) We’ll screen the pilot and we’re excited to see what the Comic-Con audience thinks of it.

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