Q&A: Tron Guy on being snubbed by Disney

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Every once in a while, it's interesting to focus on missed opportunities in advertising. A perfect example is the disturbing absence of Jay Maynard, aka the Tron Guy, from Disney's insanely expensive three-and-a-half-year marketing bonanza for Tron: Legacy.
  If you don't remember when Tron Guy went viral, you should know your memes better. Since appearing in his homemade spandex light suit in 2004, Maynard, a computer programmer and sys admin by trade, has appeared 16 times on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and had cameos on South Park, the "We Are the Web" net-neutrality PSA and, most recently, Tosh.0. He's been remixed and parodied and relinked to the point where you've probably seen his likeness even if you don't know his name.
  In 2004, when Maynard's attire went viral, no one had really been talking about Tron. Disney had left the property virtually untouched since 1982, when the original movie flopped. (In fact, Disney didn't make another live action film for 10 years.) Less than a year after Maynard's debut, Variety reported that Disney had hired Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal to write the Tron sequel. While Maynard may not have been the sole reason for raising Tron from the dead, it's hard to ignore the coincidence. And furthermore, even if he didn't have much to do with it, as Tron's biggest and most recognizable fan, what's wrong with tossing the guy a T-shirt?
  AdFreak chatted with Maynard over e-mail to see why he hasn't been included in any of the Tron: Legacy fuss.

  AdFreak: So, you've said no one from Tron: Legacy has contacted you about potential marketing for the film?
  Maynard: Nobody, not a word. I have been contacted by just about everyone else who's doing something for the film, and a wide array of the media wanting to know what I think of it, but not a word out of Disney.

  AdFreak: Did they at least send over some swag? A nice T-shirt, perhaps? A velcro Flynn's Arcade wallet? A "bit in a box" from FlynnLives.com to invite you to participate in the worldwide Tron alternate-reality game?
  Maynard: Nothing. They were sending out bits in boxes? That would have been neat.

  AdFreak: Have you been following the Tron: Legacy marketing and/or participating in the ARG online? If so, what do you think of it?
  Maynard: I've been following the marketing to some degree, as any fan would. Unlike the original [movie], Disney's marketing machine is fully behind this one. I'm really happy to see that.

  AdFreak: Many people have said it would be fitting if you got a cameo in the new movie. Did anyone contact you for that?
  Maynard: No, and I was more than a little disappointed about that. I would have killed to appear in that movie, even just a cameo.

  AdFreak: What about appearing at the premiere?
  Maynard: Again, nothing. I'm of two minds about this one, though: I'm not sure that I should do that in the original costume, both because it would detract from the new film's branding (or something) and because I'd probably be the only guy there in costume.

  AdFreak: Your self-made electroluminescent Tron Guy costume made you famous. I know you've said you'd like to update your costume for Tron: Legacy, but that some things are beyond your control. What things?
  Maynard: The main ones now are time and funding. … I estimate the new costume will cost between $500 and $1K for a reasonable approximation. I suspect that's still a lot less than the ones Disney custom-tailored for the movie characters.