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8/10/2010, 11:05 a.m.

On acting versus producing:

I’m leaning toward producing a little bit more.  Some of the roles that I’m getting or some of the roles that are out there are just not challenging enough or exciting enough. And, I try not to repeat myself in roles, you know. I could have played a number of characters that were just like Stringer Bell from “The Wire.” And, I just couldn’t. I think this is the most gangster role I’ve done since “American Gangster.”

On his character’s [Gordon Cozier] wardrobe:

We were told that everyone was gonna to wear suits. Clint Culpepper, who is sort of a fiercely opinionated person was like ‘I want to see actors, suits, good looking men’ and that was his whole business. One of my first jobs when I do a film is speak to the director, speak to the writer and then speak to the costume designer. ‘Cause that’s how I define who this person is when I put the clothes [on] and sort of figure out where he is and then I work the rest.

On how he keeps grounded for him and his 8-year-old daughter:

There’s a clear separation. I’m vigilant about keeping my privacy and our privacy. My daughter doesn’t actually like it when we’re out and we’re in a restaurant and someone wants to take a picture. I try to make strides to keep my private life to the left and my work over there. It’s tough. Part of your success is having the notoriety and being larger than life.  

“Takers” is due out in theatres on Aug. 27!

Coming up:

Scullers Jazz Club also brings in Grammy Award winner Patti Austin the weekend of Aug. 13 and 14.
RandB/Neo-Soul singer, Dwele returns to Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxborough on Thursday, Aug. 19.
The Wilbur Theatre presents stand-up comedy with Marlon and Shawn Wayans on Saturday, Aug. 21.
On Sunday, Aug. 22 Elan Trotman performs at Scullers Jazz Club for one show at 8 p.m.

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