by Ryan Rigley
Since his first appearance in 2008, Agent Coulson has become a sort of unsung hero of the Marvel movie universe. His increasingly prominent roles in “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and now “The Avengers” have continued to expand on the character, not to mention the several Marvel-produced short films in which Coulson is the protagonist.
In a recent interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS, Clark Gregg (who plays Agent Coulson) discussed in great detail what it was like to be on the set of this summer’s most anticipated superhero movie. He also brought along a new clip featuring his character and Steve Rogers (a.k.a. Captain America), played by Chris Evans. See it after the jump!
The clip below shows Agent Coulson and Captain America meeting for the first time. Coulson, who is clearly an admirer of Cap, makes a fool of himself by stumbling over his words and confessing to Cap that he watched him while he was asleep. It is also revealed that Coulson had a hand in re-designing Captain America's outfit.
“I was backstage at Comic Con and Joss Whedon pulled me aside and said ‘Oh, I’m so sorry. I’ve been meaning to call you. Coulson has a really crucial, major role in ‘The Avengers,'" Gregg revealed to Smiley during the interview. "And as soon as I was sure that I wasn’t just being really meanly pranked, I started holding my breath a little bit. But I still thought that when the script came in, you know, I’m a character actor. I’m not a movie star like the giant movie stars and brilliant actors who are in this. And I thought ‘I’m just going to walk through and give the Hulk a Jamba Juice and then it’s going to be over.’”
However, that doesn't seem to be the case. Judging by the statement above and what we know so far, Coulson is going to play a much larger role in "The Avengers" than he has in any of the previously released Marvel movies.
“I just love these movies. I love the way they put together these amazing casts," explains Gregg. "It’s actors I admire and superheroes I grew up loving. So to find myself actually walking onto the deck of the Helicarrier and doing a scene, first with Bruce Banner, is hard enough. But then to have it also be seven or eight of my favorite actors, I feel very fortunate.”
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