We caught up with Elden Henson – star of The Mighty Ducks, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2, and Marvel’s Daredevil – ahead of his appearance at Oz Comic-Con.

What are you looking forward to most about the convention?

Elden Henson: “I was never much of a comic book guy, so I rarely ever take a look around. For me it’s just meeting fans of the show; it’s rare that you get a chance to talk to them, to see what their likes and dislikes are. Comic book fans are honest, which is nice. They genuinely love this stuff, and it’s nice to see where their heads are at.”

Did you ever get injured while shooting The Mighty Ducks?

“I didn’t, but my younger brother – who was also in all three movies – there was a day where he got hit in the head with a puck, and the helmet cracked and he cut his head open. That was pretty much it – I don’t remember too many people getting hurt. We were a bunch of actors – they babied us, so we weren’t in the line of fire too much.”

 

Growing up as a kid when the Ducks were a big deal, was it strange having to go to school during all the hype?

“I grew up in LA, and there were other actors at my school. Our school was right near all the studios, so a lot of the kids’ parents worked at the studios. It wasn’t weird. I imagine if we grew up in a small town it would be a little different. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve thought about the impact the movies have had on my life – I was too busy going to school and dealing with normal teenager things.”

Was acting as Pollux in The Hunger Games a challenge as he has no dialogue?

“Not really – I found it to be a relief. I didn’t have to memorise any lines, or wear a mic – it was fun. I was a big fan of [director] Francis Lawrence, and he was a tremendous help. And Peter Craig, a writer on-set, he was a huge help too. We all hit it off ’cause we had a similar vision for the character. They told me to remember that the important thing about Pollux is that despite everything he has been through he chooses to see the beauty in the world.”

What was it like working with the huge sets?

“It was really fun. It was such a huge cast and a great group of people. Jen [Lawrence] was awesome; typically when you’re working on these types of things things trickle down from the top. She had such a great attitude and she was so much fun that I think everyone else fell in line and had a great time. I’d never been on a movie that had that big of a budget with sets that big – they were pretty incredible. As an actor it is really fun to be able to step into that world.”

 

What kind of impression of Australians did you get from working with Liam Hemsworth?

“If I’m basing it just off Liam, Australians are pretty cool. Pretty laid back. They like surfing, they have a good sense of humour – he was awesome. I don’t know why I’m talking about him in the past tense like he’s not alive anymore. He was a really fun guy – so was the whole cast. They were all so much younger than me, and I remember thinking ‘Wow, you guys really have your sh*t together! I didn’t when I was my age.”

Not being much of a comic book fan, how much research did you to into your character Foggy for Daredevil?

“Normally, I would do a lot of research. I was still in Berlin finishing The Hunger Games movies when I got the job. I think I wrapped June 18, I flew home on the 19th, and my son was born on the 20th. I did zero research going in. I was definitely having a panic attack about it. That being said, the people from Marvel and Netflix – and even Charlie [Cox] was a big help. I felt really comfortable. I think it was one of those situations where I had to trust the people around me, and just recognise that they knew a lot more about it than I did.

 

I still haven’t done much. Some of the biggest research I do is coming to these conventions. There was this one time where a guy came through the line and he was like ‘you know, I’m a lawyer, and the stuff you talk about is way off.’ And I’m like sorry man, I barely have a high school education. And this other guy was like ‘well I’m a lawyer too and I think it’s amazing,’ and they got into an argument; it was awesome to have a front row seat to that. I’m very lucky to be a part of it.”

Did you ever prank Charlie when he was ‘blind’?

“It wasn’t a very jokey set. Not that Charlie, or anyone else, doesn’t have a great sense of humour. We had a lot to shoot in a very short amount of time – especially all the fight stuff that they have to do, and the special effects as well. I remember one day we shot 14 and a half pages in a day, which is insane. Once we’re on set there is a tremendous focus from everybody to get everything done. There have been days when we haven’t been able to stop laughing. Usually it’s ’cause I can’t say a certain line. I think in Season 2 the line was something like ‘the guy isn’t the freshest fish’ and I just couldn’t say it, and everyone was laughing. So there aren’t really pranks, but we do have a good time.”

Finally, what are your favourite scenes to film as Foggy?

“Any scene were I get to sit down or lay down. There’s a hospital scene I think in Season 2, and I was laying in a bed, and they were like ‘we’re gonna relight this and move this – do you wanna take a break?’ and I was just like I’m good right here. People always ask if I would ever get involved with the fighting stuff, and I’m like no way. It doesn’t sound great to me. I don’t wanna be in tights, on a bridge, in the middle of Winter, at 4 o’clock in the morning, fighting someone. I’m not a very violent guy.”