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'American Horror Story's' Evan Peters and 'Daredevil's' Charlie Cox and Elden Henson charm Pittsburgh at Wizard World Con

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

 

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Elden Henson and Charlie Cox of Netflix's "Daredevil" at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for Wizard World Comic Con on Sunday.
 
Evan Peters knows from scary.
 
For him, it's space, the final frontier. This is probably why, when a fan at Pittsburgh's Wizard World Comic Con asked where he would set the next season of his FX series, "American Horror Story," Peters quickly answered "Outer space terrifies me... All that closed space, stranded... and it's cold out there."
 
Also, in space, no one can hear you scream. Wait, that was a tagline for the film "Alien." Make no mistake -- if "AHS" creator Ryan Murphy sent his series regulars into space, there would indeed be screaming. A lot of screaming.
 
But here were mostly coos and declarations of love for Peters Sunday afternoon at David L. Lawrence Convention Center Q&A. He and the guys from Netfix's "Daredevil" were headliners, and the mood was light; no one seemed to take themselves too seriously. Although he blushed a bit when someone mentioned watching him as a tween actor on Disney's "Phil of the Future," and the 2004 film, "Sleepover." 
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Evan Peters, right, answers fan questions at a Wizard World panel in Pittsburgh.
 
To be fair, that last feature also had Academy Award-winner Brie Larson in the cast.
 
Peters' session was followed by deep-dive comics discussion between "Daredevil" lead Charlie Cox, his TV sidekick Elden Henson and a couple of guys in the audience. The two actors clearly enjoy an easy-going relationship -- dare we say "bromance"? -- and as late bonded as dads to a newborn and toddler.
 
Noting he has much common with attorney Matt Murdock, his "DD" alter ego who fights crime by night and deals with sleeplessness by day, Cox said "Up all night, fighting diapers."
 
Henson said their relationship has been great from the start, beginning with Henson's first day of shooting. He did a scene where he was supposed to be talking to Cox on the phone and although Cox was off that day, the British actor made a point of coming in to read the lines.
 
Cox laughed and said when he asked Henson to reciprocate, Henson responded "Nah, Dude, I've got stuff to do."
 
There were serious points to be made as well. The Murdock character is blind, and Cox was asked if perhaps TV shows should be casting actors with matching conditions, such as ABC's "Speechless." Actor Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, plays a character with the disability.
 
Cox replied that in certain cases, as in "Daredevil," which is heavy on stunts, that might not be practical. But he said he hoped networks would "prioritize" when casting, and that strides were being taken in the matter of diversity casting.
 
Wizard World Con, incidentally, provided staff to translate Q&A sessions into American Sign Language.
 
Superhero stories lend themselves to the Netflix model, Cox said. "You can tell a story over 13 hours or 16 hours or 20 hours. When you have a superhero movie like 'Spider-Man,' my favorite part is the 20 minutes where he is figuring out what he can do [with his new powers].
"The little boy in me loved that. And I got to spend 13 hours doing that."
 
Both "Daredevil" actors said they've had enough career ups and downs to appreciate the security of working on a series. Henson, who was in Berlin, Germany, finishing up a "The Hunger Games" franchise film, said he gave producers such as Jeph Loeb (executive producer for not just "Daredevil" but a cornucopia of Marvel property television) a terrible Skype audition.
 
Talking via cell phone, he was interrupted by calls and grew increasingly agitated: "But the more frustrated I got, the thought was 'Yeah, he IS Foggy."
 
For Cox, "Daredevil" was the chance to put that drama school fight training to use. "I spent the first 10 years of my career, running into rooms in garters and saying 'My liege,'" he said smiling. Last summer, Cox did an off-Broadway play in New York City.
 
He's gotten so into the stunt work, Cox said he persuaded producers to allow him to do some of his own ("I like to do as much as they'll let me.")
 
To which Henson rolled his eyes and said "And I'm always pushing: 'Can Foggy sit down during this scene?' "
EvanPetersLineFan wait in line for autographs and picture poses with Evan Peters. 
 

 

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