Quotes by: J. August Richards
|J. August Richards
J. August Richards at Dragon*Con,
August 31, 2012.
August 28, 1973 |
Washington, D.C., USA
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.'
Oddly enough, I've always really loved Nightcrawler. You know who else they didn't use enough was Phoenix. I just thought her story line was so tragic. I was just really drawn to that character as well.
The interesting thing for me is, if I met Michael Peterson in person, I'd want him to let himself off the hook just a little bit.
As a boy, my favorite show was 'Superman' and my favorite movie was 'Star Wars' - along with other science fiction shows and movies. And I always wanted to fly.
Their crew for 'Arrow' is just one of the most wonderful crews that I've worked with. I know that actors say that all the time, and it sounds like trash coming out of my own mouth, but it's so true.
I love roles that don't really have a template or a paradigm and force me to create using my own imagination... that really, really turns me on.
My interest in astronomy grew from the play 'Space' that I did, where I had to learn where my character was from. I had to study the stars and figure where everything was and how I got here and all of those things.
I've always been able to sense the relationship between two people based on how one person says the other's name!
I was in fittings for the first costume even before I knew I was even going to be 'Deathlok.'
Whenever I get an audition to do something that is sci-fi-related, it makes me really happy because I realize that I can continue doing the work that I'm doing and continue meeting people all over the world. It does baffle my management team sometimes, though!
Anyone who's trying to be there for their family and trying to take care of their children is a hero to me.
I believe that I'm an actor to this day because of 'Star Wars.' I saw 'Star Wars' as a child, and I was completely enamored by it.
I thought, 'Oh, this is great,' because maybe someone who does look like me will watch 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and realize that they can be an actor if they want to be, or they can be a superhero. They can have a hero that looks like them as well.
I really enjoy working in genre series, because you really have to create the characters.
The pilots I did test for, I was the only black actor testing against white actors for parts that were written white.
Everything I've ever learned about acting - and I went to theater school - was about playing what the character wants and throwing yourself fully into going after what the character wants.
I changed my name at 14 because no one outside of my family could pronounce my first name correctly.
I think often times on Joss Whedon's shows he can make you hate a character for a period and then love the character. He does it effortlessly.
I like to paint, I'm absolutely no good at it, but I'm so comfortable with that because it's good for me to have something to fail at.
I absolutely love working with David Boreanaz, and Charisma Carpenter I completely adore - she teaches me to dance.
Marvel makes you feel like 'Iron Man' will show up at your front door to kill you if you say the wrong thing.
Once I found out that I was playing 'Deathlok,' I unearthed my old comic book collection. I was going home for Christmas, and I have a collection of thousands of comics. I was surprised to see that 90% of them were Marvel. So, I wanted to go through my collection and start there.
Panama's a really wonderful country. There's obviously the Panama Canal, which brings a lot of tourism, and a huge American influence; it's just a mix of so many great things: African, Caribbean, Latin American Spanish, all kinds of influences there.