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Hero Moment-Comic-Con 2016: Lucas Till, 21st Century McGyver

Anybody who grew up at the end of the eighties has fond memories of Richard Dean Anderson, the actor who for 7 seasons,  from 1985 to 1992, portrayed the always resourceful secret agent Angus MacGyver. He was so powerful that the term created by Lee David Zlotoff as the last name of his character became part of the English language, and is still used in may other parts of the world to refer to someone who can to fix something with his bare hands. At Comi-Con, we had the chance to talk to Lucas Till, the X-Men actor who has been chosen to become the Angus MacGyver for the 21th century in a new TV show that will premiere on CBS on September 23. Barely days away from turning 26, Till is convinced he is the perfect fit to reprise the role Anderson made famous a few years back: "I was born to play MacGyver", he says, and then reveals: "my dad is a two time veteran and we called him MacGyver when we were kids because he would hijack my school projects and just do them for me. He taught me how to fly by the seat of my pants and improvise".

Till is very aware of the excitement of the fans for the return of one of their favorite characters in the past, and he shares: "They are already like, you are MacGyver. And when I asked them what they want to see, they are like, as long as you are in a situation and all you got is a bag of Epsom salts, a tarp with this Comic Con thing over here and that stand, how are you going to get out of this situation?  So they want to see MacGyver-isms and they just want to see it all over again in an updated version.  And in the updated version we have people like Justin Hires, who is a comedic genius, and you have George Eads and he is Butch Cassidy to my Sundance", he says with a smile.