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ECCC: Elden Henson Discusses “Daredevil,” Life as Foggy Nelson

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ECCC: Elden Henson Discusses “Daredevil,” Life as Foggy Nelson

Elden Henson started his career as a child actor who was part of the “Mighty Ducks” franchise, but is now known to comic book fans as the live-action Foggy Nelson on Marvel Television and Netflix‘s “Daredevil.” With the second season just three weeks old on the streaming service, Henson appeared in a Q&A Friday evening at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, hosted by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum Clare Kramer.

Naturally, things began with some Foggy Nelson and “Daredevil” talk. “We have amazing writers on the show,” Henson, sporting an un-Foggy-like beard, said. “I feel like I have very little to do with the success of the show. Our writers are really, really talented. They understand the world in a way I don’t think I ever could.”

Kramer asked if Henson knew anything about the Foggy Nelson comic book character before being involved with the series. “No,” Henson answered. “I also didn’t know what I was auditioning for.” Henson said he did an audition by Skype that was frequently interrupted — and he thinks his flustered reaction helped convince the producers he was right for Foggy.

“I still can’t even believe I’m on the show,” Henson said. “I have a two year old, so my life is about diapers and bath time, so I forget sometimes I have this other life.”

Those looking for hints and teases of upcoming “Daredevil” developments were not at the right panel: “I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I have no idea what’s going to happen,” Henson said, though he made it clear he’d be interested in appearing as Foggy on other Marvel projects. “That’s one of the cool things about being on a Marvel show. There’s the possibility for all of these characters to collide.” Henson implored the crowd to take to social media to demand more appearances from Foggy.

Moving to his role in the final two “Hunger Games” films, Kramer asked what it was like playing Pollux, a mute character. “I was really lucky to be a part of that franchise,” Henson said. “I really tried to be as present as I could be in every scene,” he continued, to compensate for not having dialogue.

Going much further back in Henson’s career, Kramer asked about his roles in the “Mighty Ducks” films. “Those movies put me in a conversation I wasn’t in before,” Henson said. “They will always be near and dear to my heart, for many reasons — one of them, they gave me a career.”

Henson gave his thoughts on the Matt/Foggy relationship, saying, “Matt and Foggy want the same thing, they just have a different way of going about it.”

Kramer asked Henson if Foggy would be on Team Captain America or Team Iron Man in the “Captain America: Civil War” conflict. He said it’s a “no-win” question for him to answer, and was then interrupted by a phone call — from Jon Bernthal, his “Daredevil” co-star who plays The Punisher. Henson put Bernthal on speakerphone to say hi to the crowd.

First fan question asked if Henson had done any specific training for playing a mute character in the two-part “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”: “I didn’t do any training, really,” Henson said. “I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare. Luckily, one of the PAs on the movie had studied sign language in college. He was my go-to guy.”

Another fan asked for his thoughts on the villains of “Daredevil.” “I thought they did a really good job, both seasons of the show, of humanizing the villains a little bit,” Henson answered.

Asked about Foggy’s character getting “darker,” Henson said, “I like to think that Foggy will always maintain his heart, no matter what he does or where he goes. I like to believe he’s the kind of person who will always put other people first. It’s one of the things I like most about the character, his care and deep love for the people around him.”

What other Marvel property would Henson like to see Foggy show up in? “I say this a lot, and it makes no sense,” Henson said. “I just love ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ man. I don’t know how that would work. But it would be dope!”

A fan asked for hair and beard tips from Henson. “I got lucky with good genes, I guess,” Henson said. “I don’t really do much in the way of taking care of it. I do shower. And that’s pretty much it.”

Henson talked the addition of Bernthal and Elodie Yung (who plays Elektra) on “Daredevil” season two. “They killed it,” Henson said. “It’s not easy jumping in on something that’s already going. They fit right in.”

Henson revealed that his current project is something he’s writing, not acting on — but he can’t say what it is.

Talking the transition between “Hunger Games” and “Daredevil,” Henson said, “‘Hunger Games’ was an awesome job. I never had to learn any lines. I never had to do any ADR. It was a big, Bruce Lee karate kick to the head to play Foggy, because he talks a lot.”

Does Henson think that Foggy will find love? “I do,” Henson said. “But I’m an optimist. I don’t know if that’ll actually happen.”

Towards the end of the panel, a fan asked if Henson thought Foggy was better with Matt Murdock or without him — given the latter’s tendency towards dangerous behavior. “My opinion is, he’s better with Matt, because I want to keep my job,” Henson answered. “The truth is, I don’t know. Our writers are awesome and they will continue making incredible episodes. It’s such a gift to wake up every day and be excited for work.”

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