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From "Menace II Society" to "Dead Presidents" to "Lockdown" and even more newly "Woman Thou Art Loosed" to name a couple of, Clifton Powell has played some of the the majority of memorable personalities on display screen. He"s among the hardest working actors in the business that I think has been underrated because the films he"s been are not as high profiled as some of the movies that his fellow actors (i.e Samuel L. Jackkid, or Ving Rhames) have remained in. Nevertheless, all of their functions are equal and also for Clifton, his following role produces another impressive performance to include to his resume. In "RAY", Powell plays Jeff Brown, the male who became Ray Charles"s road manager and to a certain level, his ideal frifinish. In speaking through muzic-ivan.info, Powell opens up on how he acquired the function and how blessed he is to be a functioning actor in this organization.

How did you acquire the role? Did you audition for it?

Clifton Powell: I was out on the road functioning and also I had spoken to Jamie about a pair of months earlier before the movie and also he told me it was in the works and also he sassist, "I"m going to bring you in for it" and also I went in and auditioned, and for the grace of God, I did a great audition, yet they weren"t certain if they wanted to go through me, and also Jamie chose to go and also bat for me. Jamie shelp, "This is the guy I want and this is the male I"m going to get" and he made it occur.

With all the memorable functions you"ve had actually, would you say that this is versus type?

CP: This is not against kind bereason for the folks who have followed my career, I"m the exact same actor who was in "Selma, Lord, Selma", wright here I played Martin Luther King, Jr, "Buffalo Soldiers", "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", "The Brothers", "A Private Affair". Those are all personalities I played prior to. The perception may be that I"m going versus type, and it"s not. The perception is that I"m the quintessential negative male and also the point is that I play even more excellent males than poor guys but the bad man always has actually even more exciting things to carry out.

Yes, that"s true. The poor guy functions you"ve played are more vibrant.

CP: I"m r

eady to open up my webwebsite up and also among the things I"m going to have is a chat room wright here people have the right to come right into my chat room and talk about all the movies that I have done and the history behind the movies bereason one of the points that world don"t view is what got in exactly how we made the movie and also exactly how I got the duty. For "Womale Thou Art Loosed", it"s a very dark character yet just how I acquired the function was a story itself, and the majority of times I do not obtain the negative man function. A lot of times they may be friends of mine or I"ve got to do a favor or somebody drops out and I finish up gaining the function.

How a lot research study did you perform in portraying Jeff Brown?

CP: I did some research. I went and review a number of book on Ray"s life and also Taylor Hackford had actually a package for us as soon as we acquired to New Orleans about Ray Charles" story and particular people in and also out of Ray"s life and Jeff Brown was one of the prominent world in his early life. So I had the ability to perform a little research but Jeff Brown is a very underdeclared sort of male, very straightforward type of male. He was Ray Charles"s best friend and also he was his road manager, so he was a guy that was via Ray for the first 15 years; so I simply tried to play him as simplistically as possible in terms of just making him and also sincere and also caring about Ray.

Is Jeff Brown still alive?

CP: No, Jeff Brown died of stomach cancer years ago and also there"s a scene in the movie when he and Ray have a falling out. Ray assumed Jeff was stealing money from him, but Ray didn"t understand also the totality situation, and he eliminated Jeff and also it was sort of sad.

How was functioning with Jamie?

CP: Incredible. Incredible. The a lot of remarkable experience of my life. Jamie is by much a head and also shoulders above the remainder, and deserves to acquire an Osauto for this function. His heart for this movie was impeccable. He was funny. He was expert. He made us feel comfortable day-to-day. Once aacquire, he checked out bat for me and stood up and said, "Clifton Powell is the guy I want in this movie" and everyday he came to job-related and also that"s not an exaggeration. It was hard for him bereason he was blind day-to-day however he just entertained us all and he just did a wonderful project and also it mirrors in the work-related.


What"s your favorite Ray Charles"s song?

CP: "Georgia" and also "Hit the Road Jack". Those are my two favorite. I remembered those songs as a young boy growing up in D.C.

You are among the hardest working actors out tright here. Just around yearly, there"s a film that comes out, studio or separately produced, that has actually you in it. Having worked with so many kind of artistic artists, what do you think about the state of black cinema today?

CP: It"s acquiring better yet I think there"s a lot of development to be made. It"s a occupational in progress and I think we have to continue to fight to get better functions. We have to fight to get circulation. We have to fight to acquire behind the fence where we are developing and directing and also creating the jobs. I have actually definitely seen things where it"s obtained a lot much better. I think points will proceed to gain better. This is an extremely essential movie for Afrideserve to Americans especially to go view. We need to sfinish a message to Hollywood that we will assistance wonderful filmmaking.

Tright here have actually been a number of films directed by African Americans, and also while the amount might be up, what execute you think of the quality?

CP: Let me simply say this. If you knew how difficult it was to gain a babsence film to fruition; there"s most junk out tbelow, Babsence movies, White films, Latino films, however what"s happening is that babsence civilization are developing currently, and while some of those films are going right to DVD, we don"t always need to go to the normal sources for money anyeven more. Tright here are going to be setbacks. Tright here are going to be movies that are not as fulfilling, however when a movie does come out, favor a Ray Charles story that is wonderful and has actually no negative content in it at all, and also if we could talk around brilliant this man"s life was, then let"s go out and check out it. We ought to go to view this movie just prefer we went out to support the Civil Rights Movement.

It"s strange that

no studio at first wanted to pick up this film.

CP: All that doesn"t issue. When Jamie walks as much as obtain his Oscar, all that does not matter; the bottom line is that he would certainly proven that he redeveloped himself in Hollywood. We understand Hollywood has actually some things it has to job-related on. We all have points we have to work on, but I say thanks to Universal (Pictures) for stepping and wanting to perform it. I do not think the producers at any type of point had actually any kind of doubt that someone would certainly pick this movie up bereason it"s a brilliant movie and if you love filmmaking, somebody"s going to want to buy this movie. For all the studios that decided not to step up, they missed out on a wonderful opportunity; not simply an Afrihave the right to Amerideserve to chance, however a wonderful possibility make box office background.

How carry out you feel about wright here your career is at now?

CP: I feel excellent around my career. I"m a functioning actor and also that"s all I wanted to be, a working actor, however I will certainly say that I gain even more love and respect from Afrideserve to Americans than anybody in the company and also I honored that I get love from my world. I"m relocating into producing and also perhaps directing some stuff, but I"m just grateful to God to be a functioning actor and being sustained and also loved by babsence people.

What"s following for you?

CP: I"m getting ready to perform the Rictough Pryor story through Eddie Griffin. I play Bucky, Rictough Pryor"s dad. I"m excited around that. Aacquire, Richard Pryor is one more American symbol and also I"ve been fortunate in my life time to play the ultimate icon of American life, Martin Luther King, Jr. A lot of people didn"t check out it and also many human being didn"t understand it was me, but the children all experienced it because it was a kids" movie, however I"ve been honored to play one more Amerideserve to symbol in "Ray" and now "Richard Pryor".

How much research are you doing for that role?

CP: I"m doing most research on that because Rictough Pryor"s father was very complicated. I"m reading about the majority of stuff and I"m just founding to perform my research study on that.

Thanks for the interview.

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CP: Stay cool and thank you.

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