• Elden Henson has ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Daredevil’ fans
• Actor audition to play Foggy Nelson via Skype
• James Van Der Beek enjoys playing it smart
Actors are lucky if they can land one hit TV series or one blockbuster film franchise. That lone production can turn a little known performer into a star.
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Look at the career of Kristen Stewart before and after “Twilight” if you don’t believe me.
It’s amazing if an actor can get both, as in the case of Elden Henson. Not only did his stock rise way past his days in “The Mighty Ducks” movies with his casting as Pollux in both parts of “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay,” but he’s also in the new Netflix series “Daredevil.”
Besides having fans of the “Hunger Games” books interested in his life, now he’s entered the world of comic book fanatics. They will closely examine his work as Foggy Nelson — lawyer and best buds to Daredevils’ secret identity, Matt Murdock.
Henson was in Berlin shooting the “Hunger Games” movies when he was contacted to audition to play Nelson. He tried out for the part via Skype.
Filming started quickly after he was cast, so Henson was a little worried that he didn’t get to do a lot of research before going in front of cameras.
“I was more of a movie nerd when I was growing up,” Henson says. “I loved Kurt Vonnegut books and Stanley Kubrick movies when I was 10. I took myself way too seriously, even at a young age.”
That means he didn’t read comics. As soon as he was cast — just days after becoming a new dad — he started reading about Nelson.
With little time to spare, Henson decided to tap into the elements of Nelson with which he could relate: love of his friends and his community.
He knows his character doesn’t slip on a mask and beat up thugs in alleys, but he sees Nelson as much of a crime fighter as Daredevil. They just work in different ways.
Van Der Beek is serious
It’s clear from the first few episodes of “CSI: Cyber” that James Van Der Beek can handle playing a tough crime-fighting character. His Agent Elijah Mundo is just as strong as all of the others agents and detectives who have appeared in the endless configurations of “CSI.”
I hate that.
It’s not that the show is bad. It’s just that the former “Dawson’s Creek” star was one of the best parts of the failed CBS comedy, “Friends With Better Lives.”
And, how much he was willing to poke fun at himself in “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” was classic. If you can find the short-lived ABC series, watch the episode where his “Dawson’s Creek” life is given a Vikings funeral.
Van Der Beek was drawn to the high-tech world of criminal investigations.
“As an actor, you look at all this new wave of cybercrime, and you think, number one, wow, that’s awful. Number two, how do I be a part of something where it uses that as the storyline,” Van Der Beek says.
His only hesitation was that the show would be looking into crimes that happen in computers. But he felt confident because the people behind the show have been making successful series for 15 years.
“That’s the benefit of being in the hands of such sure-handed storytellers,” he says. “Even concepts that are foreign to us or even esoteric, they get explained in the script so well that we come out of it feeling like experts. Same way I now feel like I can also be a doctor or a fireman or really anything I play.”
He was also really good playing James Van Der Beek.