Actor Paul Blackthorne, who plays detective Quentin Lance in the American TV show Arrow, is “so sorry” as he won’t be able to attend the Delhi Comic Con later this month.
Blackthorne, who starred in the Bollywood film Lagaan as Captain Russell, shared the news via a post on Facebook on Tuesday.
“Delhi, Delhi, Delhi. I am so sorry that I can’t be with you for the convention this weekend,” he said in the video shot at the set of “Arrow”.
He is also joined by his co-star David Ramsey, who on Blackthorne’s request said: “Paul Blackthorne can’t get to Delhi this time. But he will see you next time.”
Jatin Varma, founder, Comic Con India, which hosts pop-culture conventions in India, said in a statement that it is unfortunate that Blackthorne isn’t able to join them this weekend in Delhi.
“His schedule had been booked months back in the summer and he was extremely excited to come back to India. However, pinning down an active shooting schedule sometimes ends up being very difficult. And due to back-to-back shoots, he had to cancel. He sends his regards for all his fans here and hopes to attend one of our other shows in the near future,” added Varma.
Blackthorne is best known in India for starring in 2001 Oscar nominated Bollywood film Lagaan. Blackthorne played Captain Andrew Russell, the guy who challenges actor Aamir Khan aka Bhuvan that if he manages to defeat him in the game of cricket, the entire land tax for the province would be cancelled for three years. Lagaan, directed by Ashutosh Govarikar went on to win numerous awards globally, apart from an Academy nomination in Best Foreign Language Film category.
Blackthorne also an accomplished photographer and an active philanthropist. In 2001, shortly after filming of Lagaan finished in India, the town where filming took place was levelled by an earthquake. To assist the earthquake victims, Blackthorne exhibited his photography in a special show in London. Aamir Khan had recently shown support to Blackthorne’s Save the Rhino Vietnam initiative.