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Published On: Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

J August Richards talks ‘Agents of SHIELD,’ Joss Whedon and Deathlok

Fans enjoyed the transformation of Mike Peterson into Deathlok during the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and actor J. August Richards details the process, the changes, reuniting with Joss Whedon and what’s ahead for the character.

“It’s a childhood fantasy come to life, literally.  I definitely was a big comic collector, as a kid.  I have over a thousand comics, so I knew the universe well.  When I saw The Avengers, I sent Joss [Whedon] an email, telling him that I feel like he truly nailed the spirit of a comic book on the screen.  So, to be in that world, especially with him directing the pilot, is incredible,” Richards tells Collider.

agents-of-shield-photo j-august-richards-deathlok photoOn reuniting with Avengers director Joss Whedon, Richards can’t contain his happiness.

“When we wrapped Angel, I definitely had a moment where I thought, “Wow, that was the best job I’m ever gonna have.”  Working with them is just easy.  That’s the word that comes to mind whenever I think of working with them.  It’s just easy.  They are very clear with me about what they’re after, and obviously I already have an idea of what they’re after, so it just makes the whole experience easy.  And we’re able to talk to each other in a way that you might not be able to with somebody that you’re just working with the first time.  I feel like the luckiest guy alive, to be playing this part and to do it with the people I’m doing it with. “

Fans saw the demise of Mike Peterson, but Richards wasn’t really sure what was next.

“I knew there was a bigger plan, at that point, because I was signed on to do two episodes, so I knew that I had to be in the next episode.  I knew that I wasn’t going to be dead for long.  Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, we did the table read first, and I only got the call that I’d be coming back for the second episode, after the table read.  So, when I read the episode, I was just happy that I was getting to do more, as a character.  I thought I could be dead, but then I found out really quickly that I wasn’t, so I was only scared for a little while,” he recounts.

Richards talks in depth about the show, a lot of interesting remarks, but here’s what he’d like to see.

“I have such strong feelings for my character.  For me, the most important thing that I would like to see him find is redemption for himself, and be able to face his son again.  In my mind, I won’t consider the character resolved until he holds that little boy in his arms again.

 

“What surprised me the most was people putting him in the villain category.  That really hurt my heart for the character because I know how desperately he wants to be a hero.  Most people really get it and understand that most of the things that he had to do were against his will.  But it surprised me, how many people didn’t understand the goodness of his core. ”

Check out the full interview HERE

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. currently stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennett as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

Adrianne Palicki is also appearing this season as the superhero Mockingbird with Nick Blood as STRIKE operative Lance Hunter. Kyle MacLachlan is appearing early in the new season as the mysterious Doctor.

Season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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