King of the nerds enjoys life of Brian at Oz Comic Con Perth

Brian O’Halloran. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Brian O’Halloran. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

CLERKS star Brian O’Halloran will spend his first time in Perth meeting fans of the 1994 black-and-white cult classic that launched his career.

He is town as part of Oz Comic Con this weekend but said he would have time to check out the sights.

“This is the first I’m here in Perth; I was in Australia for the very first time last October, in Melbourne for a week for a convention, so I’m glad to be back so soon and to see the other side of the country and so far it’s been a great warm welcome,” he said.

“They have planned downtimes like Monday and Tuesday to kick about the city, so I’m glad that we not only get time to meet the fans but see the beautiful country of Australia.”

The self-confessed “king of the nerds” said he was prone to geeking out over his fellow convention guests.

“It’s just by the grace of God that I am on the other side of the table at these conventions,” he said.

“Many times as a youth I went to conventions like this and travelled great distances to see different people, and not just Comic Con but gaming conventions, so I’m not just a nerd, I am the king of the nerds.

“I’m also nerding out with who else is on the panels, so I have the great fortune of hopefully meeting all these people as well.”

Clerks director Kevin Smith announced in February he had scrapped Clerks III in favour of a new Jay and Silent Bob movie, but O’Halloran said he would still be involved in front of the camera.

“The script (for Clerks III) is in my possession. I have that in my safe at home, I’ve had it now for about two years,” he said.

“I know that since we can’t do that script, talking to Kevin, he said he can (take) some of that script and some of the elements will find its way into the Jay and Silent Bob movie.”

The long-time Smith collaborator, who also directed O’Halloran in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Clerks II, said he could never turn down a chance to work the famous director.

“I would never say no to Kevin Smith; I really trust his judgement and writing and I really enjoy what he does,” he said.

“He could ask me to sing on a song on a train platform and that’s all he wants me to do and I’d be like ‘I’m there, what time do you want and what song are we doing?’.”

Oz Comic Con is on this weekend at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.