Every year some big-name geek icon roams the Comic Con floor, cunningly disguised by a mask. But who are they? And what masks are they wearing? We've compiled a list of celebrity maskers so you won't be fooled again.
This year a few big, splash front cover tabloid celebs are hitting the Con. Do we think Angelina Jolie and Ryan Reynolds would pass up an opportunity to purchase a plush Futurama Nibbler in the flesh? No way. So be on the look out for masked celebrities. Here's a hint: If you see an incredibly fit human being with a full-face mask that doesn't quite go with their $US1000 outfit, you may be looking at a movie star. Here's a list of past secret geek maskers and masker wannabes.
Robert Downey Jr No real surprise here, if Tony Stark himself set foot on the big blue carpet at SDCC, he'd get mobbed. Still, if he did venture out, RDJ admitted that he'd probably don a Mexican wrestling mask. Keep your eyes peeled, people.
Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Company Ignore the annoying nerd-bashing Jimmy Kimmel in this video clip, the gem is listening to Seth Rogen talk about geeky celebrities having their incognito aspirations ruined by picking the most popular mask to wear at SDCC. So who do you think he was talking about: Jonah Hill or himself?
Lucy Lawless Lucy Lawless put on a "zorro mask" to walk the floor, although we're not sure how well that would actually cover her face. But we like the effort! In an interview with Seattle PI she stated "I did put on a silly Zorro mask [once]because I couldn't walk 20 feet out the door without [being recognised] , and sort of wandered the halls and looked at the comics and stuff."
Daniel Dae Kim At New York Comic Con, the Lost favourite sported a V for Vendetta mask to mingle amongst the crowd without revealing that his character would be back on the series.
Simon Pegg And Nick Frost In an interview with Wired director Edgar Wright revealed how his pals Simon Pegg and Nick Frost eclipsed his own on floor presence 20 to 1. Which called for some prompt Joker masking.
Wright: Comic-Con is an interesting barometer of fame. I remember walking the convention floor with [Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz star]Nick Frost, and that made it easy to gauge your fame ratio. You would walk for 10 minutes, and 20 people would stop Nick and go, "Dude, Shaun of the Dead!" And then one out of those 20 would go, "Hey, you're Edgar Wright!" Simon Pegg [Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz]went around the convention floor wearing a Joker-type mask. It was right around the time he was in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, so it was the only way he could go shopping without someone shouting, "Scotty!" I highly recommend hitting the convention floor with your face covered.
Chris Daughtry Daughtry, a big comic fan, tweeted pics of himself doing an on the floor tribute to Batman. But then again I don't think this was an incognito attempt, rather just showing that he's a giant nerd.
Who Won't Wear A Mask
Seth Green: We've personally spotted Seth Green mask-free, gobbling up comics and toys. "One of us."
Joss Whedon: I've watched this man work the NYCC floor, he's the king. Granted, SDCC is a whole other ball game, but the seas really do part for Whedon. Does that mean he'll walk out into the middle of the San Diego floor on Saturday afternoon? No. Best time to check for a Joss sighting is right before the Con closes, on a day you know he'll be there.
Sigourney Weaver If Whedon is the king of the crowds at Comic Con, Weaver is the queen. These are her people. Even though she's flanked by the usual studio security, she doesn't really need it. Her presence is usually met with awe and reverence. Watching Weaver walk through the halls of SDCC felt like watching the royal coach passing through the country village. Hey, she's earned it.