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Heroes, villains and Hollywood stars, face to face in Brazil

BRAZIL ENTERTAINMENT (ADDS VIDEO) | 05 de diciembre de 2019

Heroes like Batman and Wonder Women and the best-loved villains, like the Joker and Harley Quinn, on Dec. 5, 2019, were on hand at CCXP 2019, an event running until Dec. 8 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that will offer the public the chance to meet assorted Hollywood stars and the key actors in successful series like "The Paper House." EFE-EPA/Fotograma

By Nayara Batschke

Sao Paulo, Dec 5 (efe-epa).- Heroes like Batman and Wonder Women and the best-loved villains, like the Joker and Harley Quinn, on Thursday were on hand at CCXP 2019, an event running until Sunday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that will offer the public the chance to meet assorted Hollywood stars and the key actors in successful series like "The Paper House."

Starting early in the morning, thousands of fans waited in long lines for the monumental entertainment festival to begin, anticipating the latest novelties in the universe of comics, video games, television series and film.

For four days, top actresses like Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot and Daisy Ridley - who play Harley Quinn, Wonder Women and Rey, from the Star Wars saga, respectively - will parade through CCXP.

Ryan Reynolds will present his latest film - "6 Underground" - while Berlin (Pedro Alonso), Nairobi (Alba Flores), Helsinki (Darko Peric), Palermo (Rodrigo de La Serna) and Stockholm (Esther Acebo) will speak with fans of "The Paper House."

Considered to be one of the prime events in the Southern Hemisphere's "geek" world, CCXP unites fans from all over the planet, of all ages and national groups. For some, like veteran event-goer Lucas Sawada, it's something that has become a ritual that enables him to "forget reality for a few moments."

"It's an experience that lets us escape from reality. It's something so magnificent that people completely forget the life outside," the administrative aide, who has been a CCXP regular since 2016, told EFE.

Technician Felipe Mattos is at the event for the first time and, apart from being outfitted in his elaborate costume as Marvel's Taskmaster, he hopes to be able to meet in person the actors that portray his superhero idols.

"I really want to meet the Deadpool actor (Ryan Reynolds) and the writer of 'The Paul Wesley Chronicles,'" Mattos said after waitingg for more than four hours in line, although he added that the experience "is worth every second and every centimeter spent (in line)."

Organizers expect a record public turnout - some 280,000 people - this year.

Photographer Alexia Dalsowuio and two friends traveled more than 600 kilometers (about 375 miles) from Itajai in southern Brazil to Sao Paulo to "learn firsthand" about the latest doings in the world of comics, above all their pair of anti-heroes the Joker and Harley Quinn.

"I was so disappointed with the story told in 'Suicide Squad' that I wanted to create my own version of the character," the Cosplayer of Harley Quinn - the character who appears in her solo film "Birds of Prey" next February - said.

Other fans say that the Joker - played by Jared Leto in "Suicide Squad" (2016) and by Joaquin Phoenix in the 2019 film "Joker" directed by Todd Phillips - is their favorite character, although he is a decidedly macabre personality.

Using virtual reality glasses, pop culture lovers can explore the apocalyptic world of "The Walking Dead" and - if they're lucky - survive a zombie attack.

Others, who dare to enter the mysterious Black Mirror Museum, will be immediately transported - so to speak - into different episodes of the dark series and will have to fight threats from a distant galaxy, face trial for murder and perform other arduous tasks, all for the sake of entertainment and good fun, of course.

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