SAN DIEGO — Actor Orlando Bloom said on Saturday that Mayor Kevin Faulconer left a Comic-Con exhibit that featured immigrant characters, but a statement issued by the mayor's office gave a different version of events.
Bloom made the comment about the mayor during Friday's panel for the new series from Amazon called "Carnival Row."
According to Variety, Bloom told the audience that Faulconer stopped by the Prime Video activation and chose the Carnival Row section to enter.
In the installation, fans are asked if they want to be a human or a creature. According to Bloom, the mayor chose creature, and was then given an identity card. Since all creatures are immigrants in Carnival Row, his card explained that he was "a mythological scrappy immigrant trying to make it in an oppressive new land."
Bloom claimed that the mayor said something to the effect of, "Oh no, I can't have anything to do with immigration" and left the activation.
In response to Bloom's claims, a spokeswoman for Faulconer's office issued the following statement:
"The mayor enjoyed visiting several studio installations set up throughout San Diego this week, and unfortunately there was a slight wait there and he had to move along. We're excited Amazon is showcasing its new shows in San Diego this week. Mayor Faulconer and his administration actively work with nonprofits and local agencies to provide shelter to migrant families, and has a long record of advocating for comprehensive immigration reform."
The penultimate day of Comic-Con 2019 featured appearances by actors Kristen Bell, George Takei and Aaron Paul as well as filmmakers Guillermo Del Toro and Kevin Smith.
Bell spoke at a panel discussion of the NBC series "The Good Place" with co-stars Ted Danson, D'Arcy Carden, Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper and Manny Jacinto as well the show's executive producers Michael Schur and Drew Goddard. The panel was scheduled for noon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront's Indigo Ballroom.
Takei discussed his new graphic memoir, "They Called Us Enemy," at 1 p.m. in Room 25ABC with co-authors Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott as well as artist Harmony Becker. The book focuses on Takei and his family being interned with 120,000 other Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Shortly after, Paul participated in a panel for HBO's "Westworld" with co-stars Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright. The cast and showrunners will discuss the show's upcoming third season at 1:15 p.m. in Hall H.
Del Toro and Smith held panels at 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., respectively, for their upcoming films. At the Horton Grand Theatre, Del Toro will talk about the monsters in the upcoming film adaptation of "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," which he is producing, while Smith will show a preview of his film "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot," a sequel to "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," in Hall H.
Panels will run until shortly after midnight. Additional panels included discussions of "Sesame Street's" 50th anniversary, the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige and a celebration of the convention's 50th anniversary by looking back on the first San Diego Comic-Con in 1970, then known as Golden State Comic-Con.
Throughout the day, the San Diego Blood Bank continued its 43rd annual Robert A. Heinlein blood drive at the convention. Donors will receive a limited-edition "Avengers: Endgame" T-shirt and goody bag regardless of whether they have a badge to attend the convention or not.
Harbor Drive will be closed to all non-foot traffic from First Avenue to Park Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to accommodate the convention's large crowds. Local transit agencies like the Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District will offer increased service to and from the convention center to make up for the closures.
The annual five-day convention brings in more than $147 million in economic activity to San Diego County. An estimated 130,000 people are expected to attend the festival this year.