“You never know what to expect from Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie” on Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” When actor Henry Simmons joined the cast of the ABC series in Season Two, Mack was a mechanic loyal to Robert Gonzales’ “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” After Director Coulsonmerged the two teams at the end of the season, he’s been working with Daisy Johnson on herSecret Warriors project. Recently the murder of Rosalind Price sent Coulson on a suicide mission and he made a somewhat unexpected decision, appointing Mack as acting director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ahead of Tuesday’s midseason premiere, Simmons visited the CBR Speakeasy in North Hollywood, California to discuss Mack’s unlikely journey, how the character became interim director, what he’ll be up to as Season Three continues and his dynamics with both Daisy and Coulson.
In the first part of the conversation, Henry Simmons discusses what it’s like for Mack to go from mechanic to the third S.H.I.E.L.D. director in the organization’s history, how the writers constantly keep him on his toes and the speedy new arrival that could turn the show — and Mack’s life — upside down.
On Mack’s transition from mechanic to head of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
Henry Simmons: It’s been awesome. The thing is that I really applaud and actually embrace and love the writers for, the creators, they throw everything at me. I mean, I came in as a mechanic, it wasn’t necessarily gonna be a full-time gig. It was just this guy working on cars and motorcycles and things of that nature — he’s a funny guy, he’s an action guy, they give me so many facets to this character. Now, all the sudden, he’s interim director. And Clark [Gregg] pointed out, there’s only been three directors out of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s been him, it’s been Nick Fury, and then me…”