Exclusive: Mike Colter On Luke Cage Season 2, Working With The Late Reg E. Cathey and Iron Fist PairingPosted by Wilson Morales
June 23, 2018
Season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage has returned with all-new episodes on Netflix.
Luke Cage is executive produced by Cheo Hodari Coker and Aïda Croal as co-executive producer, along with Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory.
Mike Colter returns as the titular Luke Cage, with Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, Theo Rossi as Shades and Finn Jones as Danny Rand aka Iron Fist.
After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.
Like most of the superheroes we see on the big and small screen, it’s not easy for the might to embrace their unnatural gifts. But if you have been watching Luke Cage and The Defenders, Luke is now comfortable being out in the open.
Blackfilm.com caught up with Colter as he spoke about the new season and working with the late Reg E. Cathey.
How has Luke Cage changed from Season 1. Where is the story continuing from?
Mike Colter: When the first season ended, the Defenders was somewhere in between there, and there’s a continuation from The Defenders, so timing wise, we’re talking months. He went to prison as the end of season one of Luke Cage and came out as a free man in the Defenders. If you saw the Defenders, it’s weeks. That’s the timeline. As far as what’s changed, he’s more out and open as to who he is. Before he was lurking in the shadows and not wanting to engage with people and hide who he was. Now, that’s all out in the open and creates a different dynamic of her personality for the second season.
Why would you say that Luke Cage is comfortable that he’s Harlem Hero and doesn’t need to hide in the shadows?
Mike Colter: I would say that this is the season where’s trying to embrace it because he doesn’t have a choice. Harlem is a small community and they believe in Luke Cage so he really can’t run away from it. He would have to leave Harlem if he didn’t want the spotlight so he has to embrace it. Being a hero for the people doesn’t always mean that things are going to work out. For the first time, he’s saying, “I’m a hero. I do have these abilities and you know where to find me.” He’s going to come with his own problems.
How is Luke more defined than in Season 1?
Mike Colter: In the first season, Luke was a character within his own story and there were other people taking over. He’s more involved and more engaged. Cheo was basically telling a story of what it would be like to be a person like Luke Cage in modern times with social media and with the culture being what it is. We’re going to a journey with Luke and sees how it plays out. Luke Cage has no superstar costume, and his fighting styles is different. He brings in a whole new element to the game.
Can you talk about working opposite the late Reg E. Cathey as he played your father?
Mike Colter: It was great working with Reg. Reg was such as awesome guy. It’s hard to really describe the effect of having him involved and knowing that this was the last thing that he worked on as a professional actor. He was a great guy to be on set with. Reg had this outlook on life that was contagious. He never complained. He never moaned. When we found out that he was sick and the prognosis was not good, we didn’t know how long he had left in life, but at the end of the day he had a very serious illness. He came to work and gave it his all as much as he could and everyday he put out his best. There were days where he looked tired but Reg is a professional. I don’t know how he did it, coming to work everyday with a positive attitude. He brought in a lot of nuances to his character and brought in an entire dimension to Luke’s story that we hadn’t seen before.
We knew from earlier photos that Iron Man would appear in Season 2. Are we ever going to get a Power Man and Iron Fist series?
Mike Colter: I don’t know. Folks keep talking about it. I think there are more stories to tell for Luke Cage. I simply don’t know. There are always rumors. We have a Luke Cage story to tell and they are sticking to the direction they want to go in. We do have a great episode with Iron Fist and it will give you an idea of what it would be like, but we’re not really exploring that in great details because we each still have our own stories to tell.
Can you talk about working with different directors for each episode?
Mike Colter: In TV, bringing in a different director could be problematic. As an actor who’s working in television, you get used to hit, but when you get a chance of number of good directors, let’s use them always throughout the series. Let’s not switch it up. That would be my wish. As far as the female directors, it doesn’t matter. Are they good. I understand that there is a desire to right the ship. I just want the best directors. There are some black male directors that I would see on board with this series. Jessica Jones season 2 has an all-female directing crew. If you’re telling a story about injustice, there are a lot injustices that need to be corrected. There are some unemployed black male unemployed that I would love to give a shot. That being said, all the female directors, came in and did an amazing job. I don’t care about the gender, I’m just happy for everyone.
What music are you listening to?
Mike Colter: There’s so much good music out right now. I listen to a wide variety of things. If I’m working out, there’s hip hop. I listen to classical music and jazz. Childish Gambino dropped his music recently that was cool. “This is America” was revolutionary because of what it stands for. I try to stay on top on things but it’s hard because I’m busy working. I don’t drive around in my car because I’m usually being driven somewhere. I’m usually a couple of weeks behind. My music library is diverse. I have everything in there from Sinatra to Jay-Z.