Celebrities Who Went To Comic-Con In Disguise
Bryan Cranston's "Breaking Bad" costume may be our favorite.
Comic conventions (or Comic-Cons, as they’re more commonly known) have soared in popularity. These gatherings — focused on all things comic-, science fiction- and/or TV and movie-related — are multi-day events that bring out the most dedicated fans. Many visitors dress up as their favorite characters and go to talk to fellow fans about popular series and to listen to writers and stars of their beloved books, shows or films.
But sometimes, the stars want to get in on the action on the convention floor, too. The trick is how to do it without causing hysteria among some of the most rabid fans in the world. Well, the celebrities started to figure out if they couldn’t beat the fans, they’d join them instead!
So they put on disguises so they can mix and mingle with the fans, who are blissfully unaware that they may have just posed for a selfie with their favorite star! Here are some of the celebrities who’ve costumed up to get in on the Comic-Con action.
The man, the myth, the legend. Mark Hamill, best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” film saga, as well as the voice of The Joker in the animated “Batman” series, is one of the biggest draws at these conventions. So getting around unnoticed at San Diego’s 2018 Comic-Con would be tough. He decided to don a full Stormtrooper uniform to hide his identity, although he poked fun at himself about his size. You original “Star Wars” trilogy fans get the joke, right?
The Academy Award-winning actress is well known across a number of Comic-Com fandoms, including “Star Wars” and “Black Panther.” To blend in with the crowds, Nyong’o dressed as the Pink Power Ranger at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) July 29, 2017
The music superstar wanted to enjoy the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, but his celebrity status would have caused chaos in the convention center. So he teamed up with “Esquire” writer Chris Jones to attend in disguise. They picked the adorable “Sesame Street” duo of Bert and Ernie — Timberlake was Ernie, for the record.
— Justin Timberlake News (@JTNEWSBRASIL) July 22, 2017
Speaking of superheroes, “Justice League” star Ben Affleck (Batman) visited the 2017 Comic-Con in a less than super disguise. No fancy costumes for this celebrity. He simply put on a scary mask and an Oscar the Grouch T-shirt to mingle among the fans! Lucky for us, Comic-Con attendee @stang02mu captured it on film.
Director Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings”) connected with a number of his fans, although they didn’t know it at the time. He revealed in a personal Facebook post that he attended the 2014 Comic-Con event as the Evil Jester. Clever!
Samuel L. Jackson
He’s totally cool as “Frozone” from “The Incredibles” movies, as Nick Fury in the Marvel movie universe and in just about every other role he plays. In 2014, he took a simpler approach with just a mask and sunglasses to hide his famous face on the Comic-Con floor in 2014.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 26, 2014
We’re not sure if this is creepy or just plain brilliant. The “Breaking Bad” actor disguised himself as — wait for it — his own character from the award-winning TV series! Yes, he came into Comic-Con wearing a lifelike mask of Walter White, only to reveal himself at a press conference!
The former co-host of the reality series “Mythbusters” lives for Comic-Con each year. In fact, he’s known for making elaborate costumes for just about all of the ones he attends. He’s done King Arthur, C-3pO from “Star Wars” and many more. This year, he honored the 49th anniversary of the moon landing by creating the very first design for a space suit.
The former “Hills” star went extreme for the 2014 Comic-Con with her tribute to X-Men villain Mystique. The incredible makeup work was done by “FaceOff” contestant Cig Neutron.
Ruffalo (better known to Marvel fans as the Hulk) had an incredible (although creepy) disguise for the 2015 San Diego Comic Con. He definitely did not have to worry about being noticed by fans. In fact, this mask may have kept people away.
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams was riding the popularity wave of her show in 2014. So when it came time to go to Comic-Con, she knew she’d have to show up as someone who looked nothing like her character Arya Stark. So, like other celebrities, she transformed into the popular web-slinger Spiderman to take in the sights of the expo.
The Man Of Steel was already scheduled to be at Comic-Con 2016 to promote his upcoming movie “Justice League.” But even Superman Henry Cavill is a DC fan, and he decided to take on a different secret identity to catch the panel for “Suicide Squad.”
If you’re a Comic-Con fan, it’s probably your dream to meet up with the actor who portrays your favorite character. Well, Jared Leto (who plays the Joker) gave one fan dressed as his character the thrill of a lifetime — or he could have it the actor would have taken off his big, furry mask. The poor cosplayer had no clue his idol was standing right next to him! Hopefully, he saw Leto’s social media post!
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) October 11, 2015
Pegg called it “hiding in the light” when he combined his “Shaun of the Dead” costume with a “Star Wars” Boba Fett helmet. Way to combine fandoms there, sir!
— Pegg News (@simonpegg) July 20, 2013
OK, we admit it wasn’t the best disguise in the world when it comes to anonymity, mostly because the man dressed up as his own character. But you can’t say Will Ferrell didn’t go all out for the 2010 Comic-Con “MegaMind” panel.
Actor Jack Black was at the 2014 Comic-Con to promote his new film “Goosebumps.” However, his Stormtrooper “costume” didn’t fool many fans in attendance. Word quickly spread around the convention about the star’s presence.
Better known to Comic-Con fans for playing The Arrow, Barrowman decided to take a page from another fandom, “Suicide Squad,” for his disguise at the 2016 convention. Pretty convincing, we think!
— Comic-Con HQ (@ComicConHQ) July 23, 2016
Hiddleston’s appearance at the 2013 Comic-Con may have been the biggest surprise to fans. In the middle of a press panel for Marvel, the actor who plays villain Loki in the Marvel Universe emerged onstage in full costume after a total blackout, making the fans go crazy.
Sometimes, Comic-Con actors like having a little fun with the fans. Garfield, who would soon make his big-screen debut as Spiderman, first showed up at Comic-Con 2011 in a weak-looking Spiderman costume, pretending to be an overzealous fan. Eventually, though, he ripped off the mask and shocked fans as he shared his excitement over joining the iconic movie series.
Actors sometimes get held up by their tight schedules, and Ryan Reynolds had to figure out a way to get to his 2015 Comic-Con “Deadpool” panel quickly. So as he said in his social media caption, he channeled the powers of the dark side with this “Star Wars” Darth Vader getup. Fortunately, he made it!
The Cast Of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
At the 2011 Comic-Con, the entire cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” came together, dressed as their alter egos from a show-within-the-show musical episode they taped a few years earlier. From Disney princesses to “Star Wars,” a wide variety of characters stepped out on the convention stage to the crowd’s delight.
“The Late Show” host got right into the thick of Comic-Con 2014 by transforming into a Middle-Earth character from “The Hobbit.” He acted as the MC/Host for the film’s press panel at the convention and decided to get into the spirit of the event by dressing up in full costume. Colbert even brought his son along, in costume, to celebrate the festivities.
For six years, Osric Chau has played Kevin Chan on The CW sci-fi series “Supernatural.” Over the years, he’s upped his game both on the show and when it comes to Comic-Con appearances. However, when he first started, even the actor admits he had a little catching up to do. In this photos from 2012, Chan shared his first San Diego Comic-Con experience where he eventually pulled together a Finn costume from “Adventure Time.” Today, cosplay plays a much bigger role in his professional and personal life.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has been known to show up as his Captain Jack alter ego in a variety of places, including Disneyland and children’s hospitals. However, for San Diego Comi- Con 2018, Depp decided to show up in full costume as his “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” character, Gellert Grindelwald. He will be portraying the dark wizard in the series sequel.
Another “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” star couldn’t resist the urge to dress up for the San Diego Comic-Con festivities back in 2016. He placed Credence Barebone in the 2016 film and thought it would be fun to participate in the film’s press conference in character! He’s scheduled to be in the sequel, along with Johnny Depp.
Special effects creator and “Mythbusters” alum Grant Imihara has been a part of the cosplay world for some time. He especially loves all things “Star Trek.” So, it wasn’t a big surprise to many friends and fans when he slipped on a Star Trek Federation uniform to portray Sulu for a Las Vegas fan convention.
Jamie Lee Curtis
The iconic actress who’s starred in countless movies since her debut in the late 1970s including “Halloween,” “A Fish Called Wanda” and “True Lies” knows a few things about dedicated fandoms. However, in recent years, Curtis has become a mega-fan of the Warcraft video game. The celebrity gamer has hit the BlizzCon circuit (a convention for World of Warcraft gamers) numerous times dressed up in elaborate costumes, like in this 2015 picture.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) November 8, 2015
Fans of the science fiction series “Doctor Who” attending the 2013 Comic-Con event in San Diego could have walked right by their main man thanks to a crazy Bart Simpson costume he wore to the event. Check out this clip from BBC America.
He played Peeta in the blockbuster “Hunger Games” movie trilogy. At Comic-Con 2015, he decided to play a little prank on his co-star Jennifer Lawrence with a creepy mask he wore to hide out on the convention floor. Check out this clip from Entertainment Tonight.