Quotes by: J. August Richards
Even when I'm playing a lawyer or a doctor, I want to play a person. A human being.
I went right to the 'Guide to the Marvel Universe,' which has every Marvel character from A-Z, and fortunately, I had every issue. I found 'Deathlok,' read about him there.
In the 'Angel' days, all there was was a community that was like a chat room. If you were looking for feedback, you had to look for it.
I always say that I'm at my best when there's no example of what the character is supposed to be. I thrive when there's not much and I have to create it.
I really love fan art, which I get sent a lot of. I really, really get a lot of. I get a kick out of it.
When we wrapped 'Angel,' I definitely had a moment where I thought, 'Wow, that was the best job I'm ever gonna have.'
I love creating characters that people may or may have not ever seen before. But I enjoy the opportunity to try to make something new, and that's when I really come alive as an actor, so I really enjoyed working on 'Arrow.'
When you're doing superhero stunts, the objective is to look as cool as humanly possible.
I feel that, as an actor, you're constantly working to become better, which I love, but with painting, I can fail on my own terms. There's a freedom in that, so that's why I love to paint.
The cool thing for me is, I go to a lot of conventions - a lot of science fiction conventions like Comic-Con - and there are always a lot of attendants of color. And I think some people believe that black people or people of color are not into science fiction or hero shows or genre shows.
What I love about the sci-fi community is that it's the most nonjudgmental, inclusive, diverse environment in the country. There's no group of people that is more diverse and inclusive.
Over my career, I've had to do a lot of shows that involve stunts, and I so enjoy stunts.
I feel like my life experience is that of an outsider. Let me explain: my parents are from Panama, and they moved to the United States the year after I was born. They moved into an all-white neighborhood, where the previous black family had a cross burned on their lawn.
To steal a term from one of my Twitter followers, 'Deathlok' is the 'anti-villain.' He's on the side of the bad guys, but he obviously doesn't want to be there.