Worcester connection on display at FAN EXPO Comic Con

With more and more movies being filmed in Worcester, more and more celebrity guests are popping up at comic con with ties to movies filmed in, you guessed it, Worcester.

Case in point, FAN EXPO Comic Con held last weekend in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Easily the biggest comic con in Massachusetts, FAN EXPO Comic Con’s guests included Ron Perlman, who stars in the eagerly anticipated Netflix original, “Don’t Look Up,” filmed, in part, in Worcester; Robert Patrick, who co-starred in “Honest Thief,” which was filmed extensively in Worcester; and Brendan Fraser, who got his big break 30 years ago in “School Ties,” which was filmed in parts of Gardner, Leominster, Southborough and Worcester.

In addition, Patrick and fellow FAN EXPO celebrity guest Michael Rooker (who wore a tutu and swirled a white laced, Mary Poppins-inspired parasol during his well-attended panel Sunday) are both alumni of “Rock and Shock,” the annual horror film convention that originated and used to take place at the DCU Center in Worcester before its untimely death.

Although Rooker is best known for playing Yondu in “The Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Worcester is now officially a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the recent filming of several action scenes for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” downtown.

Moderator Aaron Sagers, left, and Brendan Fraser at the FAN EXPO Boston.

Coincidently, the Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell holiday music “Spirited,” filmed, in part, at Mechanics Hall, was filming a stone’s throw away from the Comic Con this past weekend.

Although I urged Deadpool, who is a Worcester two-timer (Reynolds was also in “Free Guy,” which filmed, in part, in Worcester), and Ron Burgundy to crash the FAN EXPO Boston, via twitter, they never did. Cowards.

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