The following post contains spoilers for Marvel’s Iron Fist.
In the ninth episode of Marvel and Netflix’s Iron Fist, Sacha Dhawan makes his debut as Davos, a character who’s better known for becoming the arch-nemesis of Danny Rand in the comics. Davos is first mentioned in passing by Danny, who refers to him as his best friend from back at K’un-Lun, but he eventually appears on the show to bring the Iron Fist back to his post at the gate of the mystical city.
The actor’s casting remained a secret for a quite a while, but now that the show is finally available to stream on Netflix, Dhawan is not only opening up about his time on set, but also how he landed his role. Speaking with UK’s RadioTimes, Dhawan revealed that he had some help from his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch — who plays Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — with that.
“When I was on Sherlock, I was in the midst of auditioning for Marvel. We had a huge fight scene that took about three days to shoot [and involved a swimming pool]. And obviously in between takes where they’re setting up, me and Benedict would be sitting in a warm tent in absolutely soaking clothes. We had lots of time so we’d just chat and stuff. And I knew he’d done Doctor Strange, and he was asking ‘Oh, what are you doing next?
And I said ‘Actually Benedict I’m testing tomorrow for [Netflix series] Iron Fist,” and he went ‘Oh right, ok, great!’ And then pulled out his phone and started typing away on his phone. And I thought ‘that’s a bit rude!’ And he went, ‘By the way, I’m just emailing a contact at Marvel.
And I went ‘Oh!’ And he went ‘yeah yeah, I’ve put a good word in for you.’ And I said ‘Oh no, no, you don’t have to do that!’ and he went ‘No it’s my pleasure, I love working with you.
And then when we were filming, we’d just had a big punch-up in that scene and he then said ‘they’ve e-mailed me back, and they’ll pass on the message’.”
There’s no word yet on whether or not Iron Fist will be getting a second season, but Dhawan has previously mentioned that we’d likely see Davos back if it does. The character’s transformation into the Steel Serpent is something that many fans are hoping to see, but it’s too early to tell if the show will return. For now, Iron Fist fans can at least look forward to seeing Danny Rand in The Defenders, which debuts this summer.