Nathan Fillion and Joss Whedon have a very long working relationship that started when Fillion played the legendary Captain Malcolm Reynolds on FIrefly. Since then they've worked on several projects together, with Fillion even playing the "Little Bad" in season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They have such a strong friendship that Fillion wrote a wonderful foreword to Whedon's biography. The foreword was published by USA Today, and I've included part of it below:
My generation, we were kind of raised on the super-cool, "I can handle anything" with a gun in his hand hero. Any situation you throw at him, he can handle it — with catchphrases. It was very cool.
But Joss Whedon's version of a hero doesn't always win. He loses more than he wins, and when he wins, the victories are tiny, but he takes 'em. "That's a victory! I call that a victory!" It's a tiny victory — he takes it, and that's what he walks away with. And that's something I can actually relate to.
I described Joss to a friend as we were on our way over to his house for a party. And she's heard me tell stories over the years about this fellow. We went to his house, we had a great time, and on the way home, she said, "You know, I got to say, from your description of the kind of guy this guy is, and from all the stories you've told me — I expected him to be six two, chiseled jaw, long, wavy golden hair and bright blue eyes and gleaming teeth, and just chesty and ..." The guy, she said, "when you describe him, he's so heroic."
And yeah, he is. He's heroic like that.
To read the full thing click here. Both Whedon and Fillion have huge fanbases. They are both just very likable and talented guys who create stuff that people enjoy. Fillion seems like he's just as big a fan of Whedon as the rest of us, and every point he makes in this foreword is right on the money.
Joss Whedon: The Biography was written by Amy Pascale and is currently in stores everywhere. In case you missed them you can read Tom Hiddleston's thank you letter to Whedon here and sections of the chapter about Firefly here. Whedon's next film, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, will be released in theaters May 1st, 2015.