J. August Richards On His Approach To Deathlok on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
It’s no secret that fan-boys (and girls) have a reputation for doing a lot of whining and complaining about how their favorite characters are portrayed in film and on the television. I see it more as a love for the character and making sure they are translated well, but I’m an optimist. Anyway, there are some instances where the complaining is justified and one of those instances is the freshman television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which started out as a drab, run-of-the-mill procedural cop show that relentlessly reminded you that it took place in the same world as The Avengers. But as the second have of the season has rolled out, the show’s producers and Marvel have heard the complaints and are making some changes that, so far, have helped appease those ever-angry fanboys. At least a little.
The biggest complaint was that there were no super heroes or villains. Just random characters that no one knew, but that’s all about to change. Just today, we got our first glimpse of Jamie Alexander as Sif on the set. Also coming up is the reveal of Deathlok, being played by J. August Richards. His character was introduced in the very first episode as the victim of the C.E.N.T.I.P.E.D.E. program, which was connected to the Extremis technology from Iron Man 3. A few appearances and sub-plots later, Richards will be appearing as Deathlok. The actor recently spoke to Hero Complex about the role and how far in advance he know about his character’s arc.
Everything with Marvel is on a need-to-know basis, so I didn’t officially know until the second episode I did, which I think was the 10th episode in the season. Information is carefully guarded over there. I definitely didn’t know that I was Deathlok. I even had a costume fitting, and I didn’t know what I was being fitted for!
Richards, like a lot of folks involved with comic book movies and projects, was a comic book reader in his childhood, so when he discovered that he’d be transformed into Deathlok, he immediately began doing his homework and busted out his old comic book collections from when he was a kid.
I wanted to go through my collection and start there. Fortunately I had the “Guide to the Marvel Universe,” all of them, and I looked up Deathlok and read a little about him there. I started doing research on the Internet, and then Marvel was kind enough to give me access to some of the older comics. I read some of the Michael Collins versions of Deathlok and got what I needed from that, but I also wanted to make sure that my research and my information were based on what I was doing on the show.
There are several other little tid bits about his interpretation of the character and which version of Deathlok that he is basing his version on, so be sure to check out the entire interview by clicking the link below. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing its best to turn things around and regain the fanbase that they lot in the first half of the season. The inclusion of some more well known characters is a quick and easy way to do that, but they also need to tweak some of they ways they tell their stories and give us more substance to chew on in regards to the current characters. You can catch the series on Tuesday nights on ABC once it returns on March 4th.
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Source : Hero Complex