Adrian Pasdar Cast As GLENN TALBOT In AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
This week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. really opened up the comic book movie world by having Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) come aboard for a full episode. We’ve had a few cameos of the Marvel movie characters and the introduction of new characters from the comics, but Sif was the first character to have an actual role in the action. With Deathlok being introduced in just a few weeks time, the show will be bringing in another recognizable comic book character in the form of Glenn Talbot. The man who helps General Thunderbolt Ross tick off the Hulk will be appearing in an episode of the show. Adrian Pasdar, the former Heroes star and voice of Iron Man in most all of Marvel‘s current cartoons, will be bringing the mustachioed baddie to life.
Marvel.Com unveiled the announcement in an interview with Pasdar today as well as our first look at Talbot. It was Pasdar‘s cartoon work for Marvel and his relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. producer Jeph Loeb that led to him landing the new gig. He told the site:
In the same way that Iron Man [in “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”] came up. I got a call from my good friend, [“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Executive Producer] Jeph Loeb. “Would you come and do this role?” and I read the character description and I thought, “Oh man. Here it is again. The sanctimonious [jerk]. That’s what they’re coming to me for.” [laughs] His way’s the only way! I said, “Jeph, are you trying to tell me something?” He said, “No, not at all! Nobody can play this quite like you, but no.” [laughs] So he came to me and I said yes.
Once things were official and Pasdar got the call he was good to go, his son and some very helpful workers at Midtown Comics in New York helped the actor research for his role. While the research was a big help, it wasn’t until Pasdar put on the mustache and uniform that he felt the character came to life. While he looks snazzy in the officially released picture, he said pulling off that look was hard work:
It’s hard to look serious in that hat, man. You look like a New Jersey State Trooper if you wear it wrong. Nothing wrong with New Jersey State Troopers, but the outfits are a little funny. Just wearing that Air Force hat, you really gotta be able to pull that off. That was the hardest part. But the moustache, we spent a long time on that, a couple of days. That was probably a thorn in the side to make-up and hair people. I had a week to prepare and as macho as I like to think I am, there’s just no way I can grow that mustache in a week so we had to cut up a $400 dollar mustache and try it on knowing that it might fail and there’s not always room to do that in the make-up department.
So anyway, we came through and it was fun to be on the set and work with these folks on the show. The way that they filmed [my scene] was very interesting. It was a live feed. [Coulson’s team are] in the control room and I come over a monitor. So I was filming it in another room off of a camera, [and] it was a live feed to them in that room, so it was really happening. It was in-camera, it wasn’t going to be superimposed, so my face would come on eight feet tall and six feet wide. I don’t know how much people can handle of that. I’m glad I didn’t have to look at it. But it was fun to be able to talk into the camera, and they had a microphone set up and a speaker so I could hear their responses and we played the scene out in real time. It’s kind of like a throwback to old television, where they would go from room to room with the camera. They’d go from Camera A to Camera B and then come back on to Camera A and then move over to Set 3 and it’d all be happening in real time.
So Talbot will just be appearing as a talking head in an unspecified episode this season. While it sounds like a quick appearance, Pasdar did tease that it’s not a one-and-done role. While he couldn’t go into further detail about his scene, he did tease a possible future for the bad guy. He said “As willing as I am to jump when Jeph calls, there had to be a little bit more in it than just an episode for me. So I can’t say much more but the mustache is in a locker and it’s being taken out and prepped as we speak for next week. Every show needs a jerk, I guess I’m that guy.” The actor has done some fantastic voice work for Marvel over the last several years, so it’s nice to see him finally appear in a live-action role. With Hulk taking on a bigger and bigger role in the movie universe in the coming years, we might see a lot of Pasdar in the future. You can read the rest of the actor’s comments by clicking here. What do you think about Talbot giving Coulson and company a little trouble before the end of the season?
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