‘Agents of SHIELD': Adrian Pasdar Cast as Glenn Talbot

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Adrian Pasdar has given voice to animated Marvel heroes like Hawkeye and Iron Man before on Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and The Ultimate Spider-Man, but now he’s going to see what its like on the other side of the coin as the actor is set to join the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where he will play General Glenn Talbot, a character he describes as a “sanctimonious jerk.”

Pasdar, who previously played Nathan Petrelli on Heroes, is the latest notable guest star to appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., following Bill Paxton’s extended stint as John Garrett and Jaimie Alexander’s appearance as Lady Sif last night, but while we don’t know what impact Talbot will have on the show and on Coulson’s team, it’s clear that Pasdar is committed to getting the part down.

For that, we can thank Pasdar’s son, a serious sounding comic book fan who led the charge to get his father over to Midtown Comics in Manhattan to bone up on Talbot – an ally of General “Thunderbolt” Ross’ and a rival of the Hulk’s – once he heard that the role was his; research that the actor deemed necessary due to his view of the source material’s importance in shaping his portrayal.

Here is Pasdar’s comment, on that subject:

“I didn’t want to base it on the excellent work that had come before, in “Marvel’s The Avengers” and things like that. I just wanted to dig deep into the comics where it came from. And that’s what I got to do, through the help of the good folks of Midtown Comics in New York City, I was able to bring this guy to life through a series of pictures and just the graphic imagery, the novels and the cartoons that I was able to access through their help. Really, in the end, that’s what it’s based on. As much as you’re playing a [comic book] guy. I learned this through Iron Man, it really doesn’t matter what I think about who he is because everybody has such a huge idea about what they think the guy is. You have to meet their expectations rather than define it by your own, and it’s not pandering at all. It’s just a little more difficult way of bringing something to life. You can’t just rely on your instincts and your imagination, you have to match up with what the expectations are from the people who are hiring you and watching you.”

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As for how long Talbot will stick around for, right now, we just don’t know, but when asked if fans can “expect to see much more of him down the line?”, Pasdar answered in the affirmative.

“Oh yeah. I would imagine. As willing as I am to jump when Jeph (Loeb) 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.”

Though the question isn’t posed in the interview, one has to wonder if we might see Talbot (who was played by Josh Lucas in Ang Lee’s Hulk film) pop up in another Marvel project as well, particularly one that could allow him to face off against the Hulk (unless a Mark Ruffalo cameo on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the table, of course).

Talbot’s interaction with S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t out of left field, but his history with the big green guy and Bruce Banner is enormous (no pun) by comparison, so it just seems natural to imagine Pasdar facing off against Ruffalo (who might be less of a gut-punch to the AoS budget) at some point, even if there is zero evidence to support such a thing beside that comic book backstory that Pasdar is now thoroughly up on.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on ABC @8PM

Source: Marvel.com

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  1. I wonder how he will factor in.. I’m completely interested and drawn in.

  2. Chloe Bennett (The actress who plays Skye) tweeted that she freaked out when they brought a specific actor in at one point. Now, that COULD mean this guy, but I’m thinking she meant Mark Ruffalo as Talbot is one of the big villains against Hulk in the comics.

    I doubt they’d hulk Ruffalo out in the show if they brought him in, but that’d be pretty sweet.

    • The quote about Chloe fangirling strongly implied it was an actual Avenger. Speculation has been that it could be Cap for a WS tie in, Hawkeye cause Renner has done a ton of TV, Thor after tonight when Coulson mentioned telling Thor about being back. RDJ would cost too much, ScarJo is preggers so it’s neither of them. Banner showing up would actually be great. Ruffalo has a 6 picture deal and it’s unclear whether they count his IM3 cameo (Chris Evans cameo in DarkWorld didn’t count towards his contract). Ruffalo also makes sense given Coulson’s search for answers while not going through standard channels, and he’d be hysterical interacting with FitzSimmons.

      • ScarJo is pregnant, not dead and since she only just announced the pregnancy she’s probably not very far along. Couple that with the fact that the episode would have been filmed weeks ago and it’s all together possible that it could be her. I’m leaning towards it being someone from the WS. Cap, Widow or Falcon, would all be nice. The addition of Talbot just screams a Hulk tie in, so maybe Ruffalo makes a stop by. Or it could be that the Leader is the clairvoyant.

  3. So Nathan Petrelli is a Marvel property now?

  4. Kinda gives credence to the “Clairvoyent is the Leader” theories… We may potentially get a Hulk-themed end of season 1, which would be absolutely spectacular.

    • Oooh, you know what. That’d be awesome. I didn’t even think about the possibility of Leader being the Clairvoyant. You just blew my mind.

    • Thanks

    • I’m convinced The Leader is the Claivoyent. Here’s a snippet from his Wiki “His ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance”

  5. Now give us Hiro Nakamura!! “Flying Man” ain’t got nothing on “Super Hiro!!

    • That would totally make my day!

  6. This is the guy from Heroes right? The guy who can fly? Isn’t Heroes supposed to be back on TV soon?

  7. Has he only ever acted in Heroes?

    I ask because I read the article to find out who he is, it mentioned Heroes but I never saw that show, never looked interesting enough to bother with.

    • I’ve seen him in a couple shows that aren’t Heroes. He was in a few episodes of the last season of Burn Notice. If you have Amazon Prime, he’s in one of their Pilots that you can view now (the Chris Carter pilot – ‘The After’). Interestingly, he plays a dick in The After pretty well, which bodes well for his ability to pull off this AoS role. But Heroes is the biggest and most notable role he’s had.

    • I first remember seeing him in Profit. An odd and unique show about a sociopath climbing the corporate ladder (and be slept in a cardboard box).

    • Pasdar also in his early career been in several films. But y’all know what would KILL?
      Sharing a scene with Bill Paxton! Any other “Near Dark” connections are truly welcome!

      • “I hate it when they ain’t shaved!”

    • So basically, yeah, he hasn’t been in anything that I’ve ever seen. I only knew about Carter’s new show because the BBC on screen red button news service mentioned the new Amazon Prime shows on its Entertainment section yesterday.

      Well, if they think he’ll fit the role, cool. They know more than I do what he might be capable of but not even the minor legend that is Bill Paxton (who I sometimes get confused with Pullman) will draw me to this terrible show. They lost me long ago. It’s a shame but what can you do, I don’t really stick with shows that do nothing for me.

      I’d like to see Excalibur on some sort of small screen though. Or MI:13. Really open up the MCU’s wider world beyond American soil and let people know there are superheroes in England, Canada, Japan, all over the world.

  8. Wow, Pasdar’s take on comic book film/TV prep is interesting. Like to see he has a respect for the character’s origins.

  9. Oh, wow, the Wolfman is in this film! That is great, I’m so excited, and….! Uh, wait a minute…oh…I am mistaken, I guess. The Wolfman was Larry Talbot.

    >>>Still like this show, tho.<<<

  10. I hope the Leader is the Clairvoyent just so Pasdar can show up and say “save the leader, save the world.” (Because in a ironic turn of fate they’d have to save the Leader).

  11. At first glance I thought the picture was actually Bill Paxton! Escpecially with that mustache.

  12. Well, there goes my hope that he would take over after RDJ was done playing Iron Man.

  13. So if he is a General, why is he wearing Colonel ranks in that picture? Research much Marvel?

  14. plot twist: next season will be called Agents of S.M.A.S.H.


  15. Man I will love it if they use The Leader! Finally getting to see what S.H.I.E.L.D did with him and Abomination.

  16. That last episode the biker say’s Ben Franklin was a president made me laugh.

  17. Excited! I missed himi when they killed off Nathan Pretrelli on Heroes. Cannot wait!

  18. Freddie Mercury!

  19. I really like his outlook on coming up with the character. I wish more actors and directors went this route when adapting things.

  20. See, I told you people The Incredible Hulk was not a sequel to Ang Lee’s Hulk.