Nathan Fillion, right, and Jon Huertas in the Arcimoto Pulse prototype
It’s not every day that you might spot Captain Tightpants Nathan Fillion cruising the streets of Eugene in a locally built electric car prototype. The current Castle star (and hero to many a nerdy girl and boy thanks to his roles in Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) Twittered about Arcimoto‘s Pulse just a few weeks ago — posting “I found it! I found my spaceship! It’s real and I’m getting it!” — and today arrived in town to test-drive said spaceship.
Fillion and his Castle costar Jon Huertas took the Pulse out for a spin (tailed by a posse of men with cameras, shooting footage to use in promoting the Pulse), took photos with fans (some of whom drove down from Portland in hopes of meeting him) and headed to Pizza Research Institute for pizza and beer while the car charged up for a second run. Arcimoto president Mark Frohnmayer invited me to join them as he, Fillion, Huertas, and other Arcimoto staff discussed the Pulse’s specifics and, inevitably, everyone’s love for Firefly. I didn’t directly interview Fillion (to whom I was never introduced to as an EW writer), but listened as he told stories about his favorite Firefly horse, Fred; answered questions about the Pulse for his more than 600,000 Twitter followers; and generally seemed enthusiastic about Arcimoto’s commuter car, which his costar described as “like driving a shark.”
More to come just as soon as I can get some transcribing done! Look for a longer story soon!