There was a time when everything was "Star Wars" vs. "Star Trek." If you wanted to be a knowledgeable geek, you studied up on your Boba Fetts and your Nyota Uhuras, knew the difference between a Stormtrooper and a Klingon, and you were good to go.
Then the next generation of geekdom came along, and made life good for young actors like William Moseley. "I was up for Harry Potter way, way back," remembered the 20-year-old. "But I don't quite fit the bill, I think."
Instead, Moseley would later land the role of Peter Pevensie, one of the British children who were transported to a magical land in 2005's "The Chronicles of Narnia," and returned home with $300 million in domestic box-office money. And although Moseley will return to Narnia again next month with the sequel "Prince Caspian," he admitted to us that he'll always wonder what life would've been like behind eyeglasses and a lightning-bolt scar.
"It would have been fun," he said of "Potter" possibilities. "But I was thinking the other day, if I could have chosen one part for myself, I would have chosen Peter every single time. It's a dream come true to play a part that's so heroic, and something that's successful that people like. It's such a privilege."
Now, two more geek-tastic franchises are ready to join the party this winter, and Moseley told us that he's a fan of both. "Twilight is just the next level," he said of Stephenie Meyer's book's relation to "Narnia," "Potter" and the others. "It's got the vampire thing; I know exactly what you're talking about."
"It seems like they make every comic book into a film," Moseley added, giving us a peek at his most beloved geek world of all. "'Watchmen' is my favorite of all-time."
If you could walk into a theater and watch the finished print of either "Watchmen," "Twilight," "Prince Caspian" or "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at this very moment, which would you choose? Why?