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Actor John Noble joined CBR’s Jonah Weiland in the CBR Tiki Room following a panel at WonderCon 2012 in Anaheim, CA to discuss his work on the Fox sci-fi series “Fringe,” painting, his work in genre stories and the joys of voice acting.
Noble began by saying the idea of convention panels is often daunting until he gets in front of fans and feeds off their energy and excitement, praising the crowd at his WonderCon panel. Next Noble spoke about painting, which is one of his hobbies when he’s not acting. He recently worked with a fine artist to brush up on his oil painting skills. Noble enjoys work that allows him to completely focus in on something. The actor also admitted that he has never sold any paintings; it never occurred to him to even try since it isn’t his profession.
Weiland then asked Noble about his work on the fan favorite “Fringe,” which features several different versions of his character, Walter Bishop. Noble said his views and sense of humor have definitely influenced the character of Walter, but that the character may have loosened him up in his private life as well.
Asked about his extensive work in genre stories, Noble said because of his stature and voice he’s often cast in “heavy” roles, but it has paid off in allowing him to do voice work, which he greatly enjoyed. The lack of distraction (and other actors) in voice work allows Noble to create a world around him and disappear into the part.
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