What’s that? You don’t remember when Clark Gregg, the man who would go on to portray S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson in several chapters of Marvel’s cinematic universe before getting a promotion to director of the organization in the season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., put on a dress, a wig, and a lovely scarf, called himself Henrietta, and spent some time batting his eyelashes at the drummer and frequent singer for The Band?
Seems to me, then, that it’s time you watched the 1998 film The Adventures of Sebastian Cole.
If the title doesn’t ring a bell, it’s not too surprising: it’s so obscure that it doesn’t even rate a mention in Helm’s Wikipedia filmography. It is, however, listed on his IMDb page…and, more importantly, Clark Gregg talked about it a bit when I chatted with him for Indiewire recently about his new film, Trust Me. Unfortunately, that particular bit of our conversation didn’t make the cut for the piece, but at least I have the option to share it with you here:
Me: Dare I ask if you had any encounters with Levon Helm on the film?
Clark: Um… [Starts to laugh.] That’s either very educated or perceptive.
Me: It’s really only that I like Levon Helm, so I was curious if you had any anecdotes to share about working with him.
Clark: Um, yes. I mean, my dad’s a big music fan, and his favorite band, I would say – probably because they played with (Bob) Dylan – was the Band. They were one of the first concerts I went to. As a little kid, he took me to one in Chicago. So I knew exactly who Levon Helm was, and…he has a cameo in the movie, playing a local gentleman who is attracted to Henrietta. Perhaps because his vision’s not so good. And it was one of my favorite days on the movie, to kind of spend a couple of hours in this truck, flirting with Levon. [Laughs.]
Sadly, the precise clip hasn’t been excised and posted on YouTube, but someone has made the legally-dodged decision to post the entire film in segments, so I can at least steer you pretty close to the moment in question for your viewing enjoyment. All things being equal, though, you should really just go buy your own copy, which you can do right here.