“Big-budget success stories come and go, especially for a movie powerhouse like Marvel. Avengers: Age of Ultron was an unsurprising hit this year, but the little (well, relatively speaking) Netflix show that could opened all sorts of eyes to another brand of Marvel entertainment. Much closer to Batman than Captain America in tone and feel, the street-smart sensibilities of Daredevil took fans by storm, due in no small part to acting veteran Elden Hensen, who plays main protagonist Matt Murdoch’s best friend, Foggy Nelson. Paste caught up with Henson to talk about the secrets to the show’s success, his pre-Daredevil comic book cred, and where Foggy might go from here.
Paste Magazine: Before this role came about, were you a fan of Daredevil or Marvel comics in general?
Elden Henson: I know of the Daredevil comic because it’s so iconic. I feel like pretty much everyone has heard of Daredevil, but I wasn’t well versed in the comic. It was actually one of the things I was a little bit nervous about going in, because I didn’t really have the history or experience down. I was just really hoping the fans would accept someone playing Foggy who didn’t really know the history of the comics that well. I was also a little bit nervous going in because when I got the job I was still in Berlin finishing up the Hunger Games movies. I literally flew home on June 19th, my son was born June 20th, and we moved to New York at the beginning of July to start shooting Daredevil.
I had pretty much no time to do any research, which was scary, because normally that’s where I feel like I do my best work—being prepared and doing research and that kind of stuff. I really had to rely on all the people around me. Luckily Charlie [Cox] and Deborah [Ann Woll] were there for me. I just couldn’t ask for better actors to work with. Everyone was helpful and made sure they were guiding me in the right direction, so that I felt taken care of. It was definitely a little daunting for me…”