I think the father-son love story is a universal one which transcends color.
I moved on to a nursing agency as a receptionist just to get a job, and ended up managing it, which led to me opening my own - say your mom is sick and needs someone to help her, then you call something like what I had: a home health agency.
'Shadowboxer' was based on my life.
Most actors want the audience to like them, and that leads to bad acting.
If you really spend time with movies, it's three years of your life from beginning to end. I started out planting the seed with 'Monster's Ball' about independent cinema and raising money and that whole thing as a producer, and then it becomes easier for me.
Some of my friends don't have a cell phone. Patti LaBelle doesn't have a cell phone.
Every African-American I know has two faces. There's the face that we have for ourselves and the face we put on for white America for the places we have to get to.
My dad was a cop. My mom worked at various jobs - she worked as a homemaker, a bank teller, a bartender.
When you have a lot of siblings, you always do something to feel special.
I'm always more comfortable and in a good place when I'm with friends because I know they trust me. I'm able to get great performances from people who trust me.
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