J. August Richards Had No Idea He Was Going To Be Deathlok

Just how secret are things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Whedonverse veteran actor J. August Richards says he had no idea he was going to be Deathlok on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., even after his costume fitting.

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By Mark Julian - 2/10/2014

J. August Richards starred in the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but did he know from back then that he was destined to play Deathlok on ABC's superhero drama? Nope. How about when he returned later in the season as a powerhouse addition to Agent Coulson's team? Nope. Well what about when he went in for a mysterious costume fitting? Nada. Well just when did Richards find out? Speaking to HeroComplex, Richards stated, "Everything with Marvel is on a need-to-know basis, so I didn’t officially know [I was going to be Deathlok] 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 goes on to admit that he did a lot of research for the role, reading a lot of back-issues of Marvel Comics collection, specifically the Michael Collins version of the character.

Touching more on the Michael Collins version of Deathlok, Richards added, "in my reading, I was drawn more to the Michael Collins version because this character is such a good man, such a good moral, decent person. For [Peterson] to do the things he’s asked to do as Deathlok are very difficult for him. When I showed up to play the character for the first couple of days, I was still trying to find it. Obviously these are circumstances that I can’t relate to, but I had to really use my imagination to get at what it would be like for Mike Peterson to be turned into Deathlok. Once I figured it out, it was like night and day, just a huge epiphany on what was going on internally for this character. I feel blessed that I’ve been asked to play this character because I always want to play the person behind the superhero."

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Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: September 24, 2013
MPAA Rating: Tv PG-13
Starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Brett Dalton
Directed by: Joss Whedon (pilot)
Written by: Maurissa Tancharoen (story/writer), Jed Whedon(story/writer),Jeffrey Bell (executive producer), Jeph Loeb (executive producer)

"Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s first television series, is from executive producers Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-wrote the pilot (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog). Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) also serve as executive producers. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television."
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optimusbibby - 2/10/2014, 4:17 AM
give us metal face!
nikgrid - 2/10/2014, 4:18 AM

J. August Richards starred in the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but did he know from back then that he was destined to play Deathlok on ABC's superhero drama? Nope


Hah! Neither did the writers lol!
jj2112 - 2/10/2014, 4:18 AM
Well this Deathlok doesn't come from the future... but it's OK I guess.
JasonBlue - 2/10/2014, 4:20 AM
Hahah the writers of this show are clearly desperate now with all the bad reviews
Zordan - 2/10/2014, 4:22 AM
Neither he knew who was Deathlok
CorndogBurglar - 2/10/2014, 4:25 AM
Well, its about time they are putting characters in the show that people know and love.

I would love to see an episode about Darkhawk or Sleepwalker.
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 4:26 AM
I'm surprised that Netman isn't here demanding that Deathlok be white or, at least, more "ashy". ;p
MarkJulian - 2/10/2014, 4:27 AM
@nikgrid The writers said they knew all along and that the series is still following the original plan but who knows if that's REALLY the truth.
ProfessorX - 2/10/2014, 4:32 AM
They will probably cover up the scarring on his face with metal and give him a robotic eye to replace the damaged one.
LittleDanglyThing - 2/10/2014, 4:32 AM
People complain that there's no comic material and then when it shows up they say the creators are desperate for them lol good god. It actually goes along with the story if you paid attention... or maybe you're just trolling idk.
LittleDanglyThing - 2/10/2014, 4:34 AM
All I know is I can't wait for episode 15! Sif and Lorelei(played by Elena Satine). Hellz yez.
word1one - 2/10/2014, 4:35 AM
@nikgrid

You got it right on the money!!! lol
patrat18 - 2/10/2014, 4:37 AM
JasonBlue - Agreed.
newhire13 - 2/10/2014, 4:39 AM
Yeah very true. They use comic material but they don't use much of the big guns. It still works though because it's still building up the Marvel Universe.
HecticHector - 2/10/2014, 4:41 AM
@nikgrid: That's exactly what I was thinking.
AstonishingArachnid - 2/10/2014, 4:41 AM
At least we know he's going to have a costume and not walk around as a guy with a metal leg in civilian clothing.
Lozzy - 2/10/2014, 4:41 AM
@newhire13

For a TV show Deathlok and Sif are pretty big guns.
Desrow - 2/10/2014, 4:42 AM
@nikgrid

loki668 - 2/10/2014, 4:45 AM
Let's see....how do you guys like to put this.....ah, yes!

jimoakley666 - 2/10/2014, 4:46 AM
@loki668 - Deathlok isn't a character, it's a designation and has been several people in the past, including s few black guys.
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 4:47 AM
I know. I was having fun and seeing if I could draw him out.
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 4:48 AM
I actually still have the original run of Deathlok (my uncle gave them to me YEARS ago). They're in terrible condition, as I've read them a few thousand times!
figuresmaniac - 2/10/2014, 4:50 AM
I don't care whether this was planned or not.
The point is, this show is getting better and better...

Jarvis21 - 2/10/2014, 4:51 AM
I hope his design on the 13th episode is not final....
(Sorry for the bad english, i'm french :P).
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 4:51 AM
Oh,shit. I thought that was grif for a second. The shock of that comment (thinking that it was grif) almost gave me a heart attack!
Doopie - 2/10/2014, 4:53 AM
figuresmaniac

for a second there i thought u were grif and was like "whaaaaa??"
ricko8687 - 2/10/2014, 4:57 AM
AOS is finally getting it together so glad to see this happening, have watch since debut but had my doubts on how good it was but now much better
MrCBM56 - 2/10/2014, 5:00 AM
That cybernetic leg was golden. Can't wait to see him all armored up. Last episode was GREAT. Beyond great. Let's hope they keep that up.
EdgyOutsider - 2/10/2014, 5:01 AM
I've kept up with AOS since episode one and I love all episodes, there are definitely more weaker episodes as well. I also like that there have been hints and nuggets of potential comic characters that'll be brought in. It's its own beast while keeping with the movies. It's really exciting for Deathlok to come into the show, I hope Graviton makes an appearance as a villain soon. Add on the Netflix shows starting with DareDevil and everything that's happening and going to happen in the movies, I'm hopelessly in love with the MCU haha
TelaVizion - 2/10/2014, 5:01 AM
Why have we not been able to create artificial legs like that yet? Or if some are already made, why is it not out there for ppl to receive...
MrCBM56 - 2/10/2014, 5:02 AM
He's also a pretty good actor. I feel for him. When he wasn't allowed to see his son, I felt really bad.
CoulsonLives - 2/10/2014, 5:03 AM
figuresmaniac
Are you Bizarro Grif?
MrCBM56 - 2/10/2014, 5:03 AM
EdgyOutsider

Agreed, and so have I.
Zordan - 2/10/2014, 5:04 AM
cyborg anyone?
mgeoff88 - 2/10/2014, 5:05 AM
That's not surprising because Marvel Studios is very protective of details getting leaked.

They like to keep things top secret, until they are ready to release information. That's very cool J. August Richards did research on Deathlok.

Lol! I thought that was Grif for a second too.
CoulsonLives - 2/10/2014, 5:06 AM
Is Clay Quartermain (I think that's how you spell it)
That Galaga guy?
ALF9001 - 2/10/2014, 5:08 AM
@MRCBM
Great avi. His eyes look awesome
CaptShipwreck - 2/10/2014, 5:08 AM
The dink is already with x-men ... He won't be modok
Jarvis21 - 2/10/2014, 5:09 AM
I think that in the episode "T.R.A.C.K.S." it was the "final design" of Deathlok because Ian Quinn is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and he is at the head of the Deathlok project.... (He paid for the cybernetic leg but can't for other piece)...
CoulsonLives - 2/10/2014, 5:12 AM
Hopefully in Season 2, it starts having tons of cameos like Arrow.
And I hope it connects MORE to the MCU. Cause that Thor Tie in was underwhelming.
Though, I loved every episode after "It's a magical place"
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