ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is bringing in yet another iconic character from the Marvel comics, with Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) signing on to play Glenn Talbot. In the comics, Talbot spent years trying to track down the Incredible Hulk, a theme which will continue in the series, although this military man will also cause trouble for the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. The character first debuted in 1964's Tales to Astonish #61, appearing in over 140 issues of other comic books throughout the years. Josh Lucas portrayed the character in Universal Pictures' 2003 adventure Hulk. Take a look at the first photos of Adrian Pasdar as Glenn Talbot, then read on to see what the actor has to say about his new role.
Adrian Pasdar is no stranger to the Marvel universe, voicing Tony Stark in animated shows such as Iron Man, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man and, most recently, Avengers Assemble. The actor revealed that the role was presented to him by Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeph Loeb, whom the actor has worked with several times before.
"In the same way that Iron Man [in Avengers Assemble] came up. I got a call from my good friend, 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."
As you can see in the photos, the actor sports Talbott's signature mustache, which caused some problems for him on the set.
"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 mustache, 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."
As of now, the actor is only slated to appear in one unspecified episode airing in April, although he is more than willing to come back.
"Oh yeah. I would imagine. 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, [and] I guess I'm that guy. I make everybody else look so nice. I think it was Walt Disney who said it, 'The show's only as good as the bad guy is bad.' Like I said, they don't have to do too much. They just have to not look like me. I'm the bad guy. Let me be bad and then they look like shining knights in comparison. And Clark Gregg is a great guy. It was great to work with him, what a sweetheart he is. Fun to work with that part of Marvel lore now that he's going to be forever remembered as that guy."