‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: J. August Richards talks Deathlok duty

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J. August Richards loves playing poker, traveling and interacting with a fervent fan base, which is why his new role as cyborg killing machine Deathlok on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may fit him perfectly.

Any character in a Joss Whedon-related project — though “S.H.I.E.L.D.” was also created by husband-and-wife team Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen-Whedon — could be on thin ice (ask costar Chloe Bennet, whose character Skye was recently gunned down), but Richards may have staying power. Whedonites recognize Richards as vampire/demon hunter Charles Gunn from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spinoff series “Angel.” In the premiere episode of “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Richards introduced Marvel fans to an equally tough guy, Michael Peterson, who is transformed into Deathlok in this week’s episode and must carry out deadly missions, despite them often being against his good nature.

The “T.R.A.C.K.S.” episode is garnering good reviews (and here) for the show, and…

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