wanderingrookie

Side given to actors auditioning for Grant Ward (Sep. 2012)

  • INT. S.H.I.E.L.D. DEBRIEFING OFFICE - DAY
  • Moore sits across from Agent Ward
  • Moore: What happened?
  • Ward: The man was going to trigger an explosive device. I convinced him that was a bad idea.
  • Moore: And how did you convince him?
  • Ward: With punching.
  • Moore: Did you try to appeal to the man's morality? To his heart?
  • Ward: I made him afraid it would stop beating.
  • Moore: Not a people person, are you? Well, I think you'll make a delightful addition to our team. (off Ward's confusion) You could use it. A team.
  • Ward: All due respect, Sir, I've aced every test. Sailed through my trials. I've got the highest scores since Romanoff. I don't think I need a trust building exercise. I'm as ready as I'll ever be.
  • Moore: Ready for what?
  • Ward: For anything.
  • Moore: Anything. Alright. Why don't you order lunch for the office then?
  • (Ward knows this is a test, but it seems easy.)
  • Ward: Lunch? Sure. Burgers. Let's get some burgers.
  • Moore: Are there any vegetarians?
  • Ward: (you got me) Okay, maybe. We'll get pizza then.
  • Moore: I believe Vasquez is lactose intolerant.
  • (Ward is starting to sweat.)
  • Ward: Fine. Let's go with Asian food. No cheese in- what about pad thai?
  • Moore: Agent McCoy is gluten-free.
  • Ward: Now you're just making up words.
  • Moore: And is allergic to nuts. Pad Thai will send him into-
  • Ward: Anaphylactic shock! I know that one. (admitting) I used peanut oil to take out a hijacker in Milan. You got a point?
  • Moore: You've been in this office for debriefing now three days. And I'm sure you can tell me the person most likely to know Krav Maga or whose purse has the best odds of holding pepper spray-
  • Ward: Vasquez.
  • Moore: But do you know her son's name?
  • (Ward does not.)
  • Ward: Uh... Junior?
  • Moore: She doesn't have one. My point is- you're so ready for action, Agent Ward, that you can't imagine an alternative.
  • Ward: I've been trained for war, Sir.
  • Moore: But not to avoid it.
  • Ward: You know better than anyone what we're up against here. These aren't people who can be reasoned with. These aren't people.
  • Moore: I'm not talking about what we'll be fighting. I'm talking about what we'll be fighting for.
  • Ward: And what's that? (realizes) You think me asking that question just proved your point, don't you?
  • Moore: (smiles, yes) Welcome to the team.