On the latest episode of the ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., entitled “Deals with our Devils,” the temporary disappearance of Coulson (Clark Gregg), Fitz (Ian De Caestecker) and Robbie (Gabriel Luna) had some interesting consequences, resulting in the Ghost Rider spirit taking up temporary residence inside of Mack (Henry Simmons) and the team learning some crucial information about Aida (Mallory Jansen).
During a recent press junket held on the top-secret set, Collider (along with a handful of other outlets) spoke to actor Henry Simmons about the events of the episode and the lasting effects of being taken over by the spirit of vengeance. During the interview, he talked about how shocked and flattered he was to find out about that twist in the storytelling, looking at Gabriel Luna’s performance while forming his own, how he experience will give Mack a new found respect for Robbie, what Mack thinks of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. director (Jason O’Mara), and repairing his relationship with Daisy (Chloe Bennet).
Question: What was your reaction when you found out what was going to happen in this episode?
HENRY SIMMONS: I was shocked! I was completely shocked and flattered. That’s a pretty big property. Ghost Rider is a lot of responsibility. So, I started my work beforehand. The one thing they told me was that they said, “Okay, we want you to have something a little bit different from Robbie Reyes and what Gabe [Luna] is doing. We want to put your spin on it.” And when I went home and started thinking about it, I was like, “It’s already different because it’s me. What I need to work on is not the difference, but the similarity. It’s the spirit that’s similar.” So, I looked at what Gabe was doing and I tried to incorporate some of the things that he did physically, but in my own way. Let me tell you, it was great for one episode, but I wouldn’t want to do it, all the time. Oh, my gosh! Geez! Where’s the humor?! It’s a little different. It’s hard to crack jokes when you’re a skull.