Who’s excited for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D tonight? #ItsAllConnected right?! Keeping up with all the fun I have one last exciting posts to share with you. You can check out all my #AvengersEvent Coverage to catch up! I have 2 more amazing on set interviews.
So let’s set this up. We walked in and BOOM Lola, the quinjet. I had my #nerdgirl attack as I told you and I composed myself for interviews. THEN…..YA’LL…..These 2 walked into the room:
I mean CLARK GREGG people THE AGENT Coulson! MING NA! ok now back to real life. They were super cool, friendly, and opened right up.
Q: How much information did they give you in the very beginning?
Ming: They gave me the name of my character and that I was an agent of SHIELD [LAUGHS] and that she left the field for a reason and that’s about it.
Clark: Even in the pilot though, just from the script. The first scene where we meet you, even is me going to find her where she’s behind stacks of boxes and paperwork having checked herself out of SHIELD. We only gradually come to learn that she’s got this reputation–
Ming: As the cavalry.
Clark: As the cavalry and that she’s a legendary warrior who quit and pushed away from the table because of, uh, traumatic experience, but it was referenced a number of times. There was little hints of it in different episodes of what had happened. Eventually some pieces got filtered in that is this involved a powered person and, you know, deeply scarring stuff, which I always really liked. It’s where the show kind of veers into something topical, the concept of people who do defend other people militarily, the scars they carry in PTSD. So we were kind of excited, three days before we started shooting when we found out that this was gonna be the reveal.
Ming: Right because we’ve heard a lot about Bahrain. There were always references to it. The details of it wasn’t really known until the episode. Or maybe a couple of episodes before there were some hints about that storyline but nothing very specific. You know, so a lot of times for us when we’re acting it’s almost as we’re the audience member because we’re discovering it the way an audience member would discover it watching the show. They don’t tell us anything.
Q: What are your stunts versus stunt performers?
Ming: It’s a very collaborative effort between our stunt coordinator, a lot of people who do like rigging and special effects, wire work, as well as our stunt doubles. I have like sometimes two or three depending on their levels of skills of what they can do. It’s always an intense but really fun process. I learn the entire choreography of every single fight scene. The only thing that I don’t do are the more dangerous things where it’s the wire works. You’re being pulled across a room or you have to smash into a wall.
Clark: We both really love that part of it. She gets to do a bit more of it. I’m always fighting for a little bit more. It gives us an excuse, you know, when you really have worked late the night before and you don’t want to go to the gym. You remember that at any moment you’re gonna be thrown into one of these fights. And you’re gonna not want to have them pull you out ’cause you can’t do it. We have amazing doubles who really kind of make us look good in the moments where it gets too dangerous. I mean I’ve seen people doubling me get carted off a couple times this year. It’s for real. Yet they let us kind of work in.
Ming: Matt Mullen, he’s our choreographer and Tanner.
Clark: Matt Mullen and Eric Norris. They really do an amazing job of kind of tailoring the fights to stuff that I do. They know that I practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a workout. Every once in a while they’ll let me throw in a move of that ’cause I might have some practice at it.
Ming: Mm-hmm, yeah, and I love just watching fight scenes, because the Chinese movies are all about that. So whenever we can throw little Easter Eggs in to the fight scenes that kind of give homage to very specific people like Bruce Lee or just any of these like amazing fights that I’ve ever seen. We always try to throw those in too for fun.
Then another peak behind the curtain. We chatted with Co-Creator & Executive Producer Jed Whedon & Executive Producer Jeff Bell. Two super nice guys who contribute so much to the MCU on your screens each week. I had a specific question about the MCU/TV connections:
Q: We have the Marvel cinematic universe and the TV shows. Are you limited to what you can and can’t do
JED: We definitely have free reign but it does limit us in that we can’t kill Captain America like we plan to each week. No, you know, obviously there’s guidelines. They have these huge temples and we sort of move between them and there are things that are off limit to us for sure because they have either big plans for them or have already shot stuff that’s gonna use them. But in terms, we don’t feel limited by it. It’s sort of a fun puzzle for us and we get big toys to play with because of it. So it’s sort of a privilege to live in that universe and the fact that when something happens on our show it is canned. It is exists and the fact that we have to be respectful to that is also, it also means that if we do something it is canned and so that aspect of it, but yeah it’s more of a puzzle for us and we get the privilege of seeing what’s coming down the pipeline and sort of catering our stories to move between it. I think we have more fun with it than we do.
JEFF: The only challenge really was when we first launched we knew that Hydra was the big bad guy in Capt. two and there was one word we were not allowed to say on Shield. We called it the H word and so we knew that was coming and we knew we were building to that and we knew we were gonna reward that way and we knew it was gonna blow apart the team but it might have been helpful to have said the H word earlier for big comic fans. They’re going who are these bad guys.
If we said, well he works for Hydra, he works for Hydra, she’s with Hydra people would have been oh, they’re doing Hydra, that’s cool, but we couldn’t say that. That was really the only limit but the upside was it just exploded in our show and having the word turn like that and letting Brett do that and become that, that was awesome and then it really depends on each movie. Like Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t have much for us to tie in with.
JED: And you can consider it a limitation to have a film that literally destroys the organization that your show is named after.
JEFF: Cause when we first wrote it it’s like episode seventeen, do we still exist? Agents of hmm???
JED: We took it and saw it as an opportunity and I think that it, you know, us working around that and finding a way to make that our show came up with some of the best story that we had. It generated things that we never would have thought of and put us in a tight corner that we had to ride our way out.
Which bring it back again to tonight’s show!
TUNE IN TONIGHT TUESDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network
“S.O.S.,” Part One and Part Two” – S.H.I.E.L.D. puts everything on the line to survive a war that blurs the line between friend and foe. Coulson and his team will be forced to make shocking sacrifices that will leave their relationships and their world changed forever, on the two-hour season finale of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” TUESDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mitchell Haaseth) CHLOE BENNET
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