Yesterday’s Washington Post has an interesting article about rising star Idris Elba.
I first laid eyes on Mr. Elba, aka Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire. After leaving the show he starred in many films including Sometimes in April, The Gospel, Daddy’s Little Girls, American Gangster, 28 Weeks Later and Obsessed. He’s currently starring in the film Takers.
By Vanessa Williams
Saturday, August 28, 2010; C01
Idris Elba, looking as cool and virile as the fictional Baltimore drug lord whom he so memorably played on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” winces at the mention of the s-word.
“Sexy?” he repeats, shifting in his chair and wrinkling his brow in a convincing display of mild discomfort. “I’m a little sheepish about it. Whenever I meet fans and they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re so sexy,’ I just don’t get that. There’s no way one man can be universally sexy.”
It’s a good answer, because had he said, “Hell, yeah, I’m sexy!” even in that cute British accent of his, it wouldn’t at all jibe with the image of the sensually serious man whose face these days is all over magazine covers and television and movie screens.
Right now, Elba’s career as an actor also is hot.
And that is something he is not only comfortable with, but eager to talk about. Elba, through the character of Russell “Stringer” Bell, seduced a loyal following that crossed race, class and gender lines. He also has been the most successful acting alumnus of the series, appearing in a number of movies, such as “American Gangster” with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and several episodes of the TV sitcom “The Office.”
His latest project, “Takers,” a heist flick starring the rapper T.I., Chris Brown and Matt Dillon, opened Friday. Once again, Elba plays a cerebral criminal, the head of a high-tech, high-class ring of thieves who rob banks for big bucks.
He is also back on premium cable TV, in a recurring role in Showtime’s new series “The Big C,” starring Laura Linney. He will play a love interest of her character, an uptight suburban homemaker who decides to let loose after learning she has terminal cancer. And last year, he was praised in England for his starring role in a new BBC cop drama, “Luther,” which U.S. fans will get to see later this year on BBC America.
Check out the entire Post article here.
Idris Elba’s slow and steady rise might speed up with this news: The Wire actor has been cast as Dr. Alex Cross in a reboot of the role that Morgan Freeman originated in Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. Deadline reports that Elba will star in David Twohy’s adaptation of James Patterson’s novel Cross, the 12th book in the series, which follows the forensic psychologist as he tries to help nab a serial rapist and mutilator (Michael Sullivan, the Butcher of Sligo) who used to work for the mob and may have killed Cross’ pregnant wife years earlier.
Lance Reddick has lots not to smile about
The ‘Lost’ and ‘Fringe’ actor makes an impression playing coldly formidable chaps.
By Greg Braxton
Lance Reddick doesn’t get to smile a lot on the job.
As federal agent Phillip Broyles in Fox’s hit drama “Fringe,” he is icy — and possibly sinister — as the head of an interagency team investigating a pattern of bizarre, deadly incidents. Flip the channel and you might also catch the Baltimore-born-and-raised actor in his recurring role as the stern and smartly dressed Matthew Abaddon, whose last name may be a fearful omen for the survivors of the plane crash of ABC’s “ Lost.”
And he was rarely happy in his best-known role as the ambitious Lt. Cedric Daniels in HBO’s “The Wire,” where his character was trapped between the political miasma of the Baltimore Police Department and the never-ending wave of drug dealers wreaking havoc in the inner city.
Given his gallery of strait-laced characters, it’s almost surprising to see Reddick flash a real smile away from the cameras. In fact, he’s almost unrecognizable from his on-screen personas, appearing younger, less worldly and a bit self-conscious.
During a recent interview at his manager’s office, he apologized to a photographer who was directing him: “I’m sorry, I’m not terribly visual,” he said quietly. But Reddick’s modesty cannot stop him from acknowledging that he’s on a hot streak. In addition to bouncing between two hot dramas, he’s also doing voice-overs for Cadillac commercials and is planning to revive a music career.
“It’s true; things are pretty good right now,” said Reddick, whose character is a key figure in tonight’s “Lost” episode. “I went from being on one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television to one of the hottest shows on television.”
“Lost” executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof said they felt very fortunate to have brought the fearsome-looking actor into their spooky serialized hit.
“One of the things we really gravitated toward was that Lance is very scary looking, and he’s a very intensive actor who also has this incredible charisma,” said Lindelof.
Added Cuse: “What he does incredibly well is deliver exposition, and the audience isn’t aware of it. That’s an incredibly rare skill to find in an actor.”
But even with his career flourishing, Reddick remains wary of the fickle nature of the business.
You can read the entire article here.
I first saw Lance in the HBO series The Wire. It’s good to see his excellent work in The Wire has landed him other acting jobs.
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Actor and comedian Bernie Mac passed away yesterday morning of pneumonia at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 50 years old.
By Matt Schudel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Bernie Mac, a sharp-tongued, sometimes salacious stand-up comedian who became a popular sitcom star and film actor, died Aug. 9 of pneumonia at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 50.
He had revealed three years ago that he had sarcoidosis, a chronic disease that produces inflammation of the lungs, but his publicist said the pneumonia was unrelated to the lung disease.
Mr. Mac, whose full name was Bernard McCullough, built his humor on his impoverished childhood in Chicago and his hard-luck experiences in life. After years of working dead-end jobs, he found popularity in the early 1990s on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and was featured prominently in director Spike Lee’s concert documentary “The Original Kings of Comedy.”
In 2001, he became the star of “The Bernie Mac Show,” a Fox network sitcom in which Mr. Mac played the smart-mouthed surrogate father to his sister’s three children after the sister entered drug treatment. In real life, Mr. Mac and his wife took in his 16-year-old niece and her 2-year-old daughter.
Criticized for his frequent threats of violence toward the children on the show, Mr. Mac would turn toward the camera to address the audience directly: “C’mon, America. When I say I wanna kill these kids, you know what I mean.”
Mr. Mac described the show as “85 percent true” and said he was merely giving voice to what ordinary people said in real life.
“What you’re seeing on TV is my grandma,” he told Ebony magazine in 2003. “I just say what she told me, except I do it in a comedic form.”
During the show’s five-year run, Mr. Mac won a Peabody Award and received two Emmy nominations for best actor. In film, he starred as a self-involved baseball player in “Mr. 3000” (2004) and had roles in “Bad Santa” (2003), with Billy Bob Thornton, and “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001) and its two sequels, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
He had completed two films that are expected to be released next year, “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” starring Ben Stiller and Chris Rock, and “Soul Men,” with Samuel L. Jackson and Isaac Hayes.
RIP Bernie Mac!!
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Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman is recovering from surgery after he and a passenger in his car were seriously injured in a car accident in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. Morgan and Demaris Meyer were taken to Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Morgan Freeman is doing well after surgery to reconnect nerves and repair damage to his left arm and hand after rescuers used a jaws-of-life machine to free him and a passenger from the wreckage of his car, his publicist said Tuesday.
Freeman, 71, and Demaris Meyer, 48, of Memphis, Tennessee, were taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis following the Sunday night accident on a dark stretch of rural Mississippi Delta highway in Tallahatchie County.
State troopers said the car careened off the highway and flipped end-over-end before landing upright in a ditch.
The surgery Monday night “lasted approximately four and a half hours including recovery and he is in good spirits and was visiting family members this morning,” Donna Lee, the Oscar-winning actor’s publicist, said in a statement.
“He was walking this A.M., and is looking forward to his release as soon as possible,” Lee said.
Freeman was airlifted about 90 miles to the Regional Medical Center where he was treated for a broken arm, broken elbow and shoulder damage, Lee said.
Get well soon Mr. Freeman!!