We’re still working our way through “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you guys. We say “working our way” because our original choice of “suffering through” doesn’t quite apply. It’s true that the show has improved by leaps and bounds in the past several weeks as we head toward the season finale, but we remain pretty much totally un-invested in any of the characters’ fates. It seems likely that someone’s going to die, but we honestly don’t care who, unless it’s Clark Gregg, which it won’t be.
And Brett’s much more interesting [SPOILER ALERT] when he’s playing a slightly conflicted (or possibly not conflicted at all) bad guy than when he’s playing a stoic soldier type. We suspect that was the point. It’s very Whedon to pull the “this character is not as dull as you thought” shocking maneuver and we suspect Brett was told to play the character in a somewhat bland manner so that his reveal would be that much more shocking. That would have been great, if we only had to wait a half-dozen episodes or so to find out the truth. Putting it this far back in the season, after it was more than made clear that someone on the team was bad, lessened the impact considerably. And then there’s the fact that, while Brett’s more interesting playing it this way, there’s not enough a change in his affect or personality to sell it. He’s still pretty bland and monotone. It’s just that now he’s bland and monotone while killing Patton Oswalt.
Anyway, he sure does take a good picture.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actor Brett Dalton is featured in DA MAN magazine photographed by Mitchell Nguyen McCormack and styled by Alexa Rangroummith Green.
On how similar he is to his character: “Well, I look like him, which is a great start. But other than that, Grant Ward is far from who I am in real life. I’m actually a pretty goofy guy who doesn’t take himself half as seriously as Ward does. But that’s a good thing, because if I were too similar to the guy, I’d be wearing way too much tactical gear for a normal person, getting into far too many fights with baddies, and jumping out of few too many planes trying to save people. So it’s probably best.”
On his favorite comic character: “I’ve said The Punisher is one of my favorites in the past. And he still is. But equally as cool are Deadpool, Gambit, Cable and Death’s Head II. How can you possibly decide between these guys? Superhero or supervillain, they’re all my favorites.”
On the sudden interest in superhero or comic book-based films and TV shows: “I think on a very basic level, it’s nice to see people who actually get something accomplished. The world today seems so divided, and there’s so much debate, bickering and politics over everything, that nothing actually happens. It’s all talk and no walk. So when someone actually gets something done, I think it is heroic. That’s what you will always get in superhero films, people actually making things happen in very big ways. They don’t talk about it; they do it. And perhaps the more important part to this is that in the comic world, the bad guys actually pay for their crimes, which is not always what happens in the world today.”
[Photo Credit: Mitchell Nguyen McCormack for DA MAN Magazine]
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