Category: Black Adam

Press: Racism And Corruption In ’90s-Era ‘City On A Hill’: “What We’re Talking About Here And Now, Is Still Happening Today”

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

DEADLINE: Aldis Hodge is on a roll. Following the Oscar-nominated One Night in Miami, there’s the upcoming superhero film Black Adam, a revival of TNT’s television series Leverage, and much more. Plus, he’s killing it as Assistant District Attorney DeCourcy Ward in Showtime’s City on a Hill. Exec produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the procedural follows Ward’s attempts to clean up police corruption in ’90s Boston, exemplified by Kevin Bacon’s thoroughly bent cop Jackie Rohr.

DEADLINE: City on a Hill has some pretty extreme racism, police brutality, corruption, a lot of stuff that we’re thinking about and talking about now more than ever—what did you think when you first read the script?

ALDIS HODGE: Well, there’s a different sort of responsibility in a way that hits me personally when it comes to dealing with projects that touch on this subject matter. My primary goal is to touch on the subject matter appropriately. And with a degree of sensitivity towards the people that are going to be primarily affected, which is the Black community, so there has to be a voice of authenticity behind that. When I first read the script, I noticed areas where I felt like I could be effective in helping to mold that narrative with certain points when it came to Black culture, and the perspective of Black community in the show. And I was just lucky enough that when I spoke to the creator, Chuck MacLean, and the director of the episode, and executive producer, Michael Cuesta, and I said, “Guys, here are some of the changes I think we should consider making, and this is why. This is how it will be taken in terms of the show overall, things that we want to consider, and how we’re perceived, we might want to look at it this way.” They really opened the door to listening to me. That, honestly, is what sold me on stepping into the show because I knew the show was written really well, Chuck MacLean does a fantastic job, he’s a great writer. But I look at a show is like, “Alright, five or six years into this, am I going to be happy going to work on a regular basis? Will I be able to have a stance to be a part of the team, have a say, be able to really contribute?” And I knew that before we even signed the deal, that was our first conversation about culture, about certain things, how they’re taken, and my relationship with my wife in the show. They really did allow me to have a voice, which is what made me feel comfortable.

Generally, when it comes to touching on subject matters like this, when it comes to projects, the door should always be open to those who are affected most deeply, most immediately, and most personally, because we are the ones with the honest perspective on how we view it, how we handle it. And I think also how we can get through it and challenge it. We’re always going to have a far greater degree of honest perspective because it’s a daily lived experience, and they respected that.

DEADLINE: Something that really strikes me about this show is I keep forgetting it’s set the ’90s, not the present day. Does it seem that way to you?
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Press: Black Adam’s Aldis Hodge Waited 15 Years To Be Cast In A Superhero Movie

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020

Black Adam star Aldis Hodge, who will play Hawkman in the forthcoming DC film, reveals that he’s wanted to play a superhero for 15 years.

Black Adam’s Aldis Hodge has waited 15 long years to play a superhero. Hodge will join the cast of Black Adam, which will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the titular role. Although not much is known about the film, Black Adam will reportedly feature the Justice Society of America, including heroes such as Doctor Fate, Atom Smasher, and Hawkman.

Hodge signed on to play Hawkman in late September. Since then, Hodge has been hard at work preparing for the role and has reportedly been reading the Justice Society of America comic books to learn more about his character. However, it’s still unclear how closely Black Adam intends to follow the hero’s origin story. Considering Hawkman’s comic book backstory is one of the most complicated out there — and that Hawkgirl will not appear in the film — fans remain in the dark about what to expect.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hodge reveals that he’s wanted to play a superhero for 15 years now. He explains that he’s loved superheroes since childhood; he actually got into acting to save up for new Batman toys. As a result, Hodge says he’s incredibly excited for the part, especially since he’s been auditioning for superhero roles for well over a decade. You can check out Hodge’s heartwarming statement on his superhero dreams below:

“There was some part of my brain that said, ‘He’s calling to tell me that I didn’t get the job.’ So I was preparing for that while I was in a state of disbelief. And when he said, ‘Welcome to Black Adam,’ it was literally like what I imagined winning the lottery to feel like. I had been very, very much looking forward to being a part of any kind of superhero universe. I didn’t care what it was for such a long time just because I had been such a fan. I grew up on graphic novels. I got into the business so I could earn money to buy Batman toys, you know? It was like 13 to 15 years of constantly going up to bat and getting told no. So it really was a validation of those last few years of pursuit, hustle and preparation.”

While this may be Hodge’s first time portraying a superhero, he’s played his fair share of heroic figures in the past. One example is his time on TNT series Leverage, where he played master hacker Alec Hardison. Hardison is part of a team of five Robin Hood-esque characters. Together, Hardison’s team works to pull off elaborate cons, which help ordinary people who have been wronged by society’s wealthiest, most corrupt members. That being said, Hardison is arguably more morally ambiguous than Hawkman will be, and it will be exciting to see the actor finally step into the role of a superhero.

While Black Adam was initially slated for a 2021 release, the movie has since been pushed back indefinitely. Still, Johnson has stated that Black Adam will begin filming in spring 2021; hopefully, this means more story details and plot points will be revealed soon. Regardless, it’s evident that cast members are already excited, and Hodge’s enthusiasm, for one, is absolutely infectious. To that end, one thing is painstakingly clear — Hodge’s role as Hawkman has indeed been a long time coming.

Press: Aldis Hodge on ‘One Night in Miami’ and Getting the ‘Black Adam’ Call from Dwayne Johnson

Monday, Nov 9, 2020

The actor, who has been dreaming of a superhero role for years, didn’t quite believe it when he landed Hawkman: “It was literally like what I imagined winning the lottery to feel like.”

 

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Despite taking place in 1964, One Night in Miami felt eerily similar to present day, according to Aldis Hodge. In Regina King’s feature directorial debut, Hodge plays NFL legend Jim Brown who’s introduced in the film during a return trip to his hometown of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Upon his arrival, Jim visits the plantation-like estate of his neighbor, Mr. Carlton (Beau Bridges), who seemingly welcomes Brown onto his porch for a glass of lemonade and some small talk. Even though he was proud to say that he was from the same island as the great Jim Brown, Carlton quickly bowled Brown over when he casually referred to him as a racial slur and denied his entry into the house. Unfortunately, for Hodge, his family and so many others, this scene hit awfully close to home.

“I’ve never really been swayed by the rose-colored glasses perspective. What Jim went through in that particular scene is something I’ve been through and many of my family members have been through,” Hodge tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There are so many people who don’t understand cultural empathy and don’t necessarily prioritize it, and they think that there’s nothing wrong. So that scene showed the truth of the ugliness of what a lot of us have been dealing with for so long and what a lot of us are dealing with on the forefront right now, directly. We have to push through people’s ignorance to get to our own truth.”

In September, Hodge landed his biggest role to date as he will portray Hawkman/Carter Hall in Dwayne Johnson and DC Films’ superhero epic, Black Adam. Earning a superhero role has been a long time coming for Hodge since he’s spent the last 15 years auditioning for such roles. As a result, when Johnson called to deliver the news, he initially thought it was a prank call. And once Johnson convinced him that it was actually “D.J.,” Hodge then assumed he was calling to deliver bad news.

“There was some part of my brain that said, ‘He’s calling to tell me that I didn’t get the job.’ So I was preparing for that while I was in a state of disbelief. And when he said, ‘Welcome to Black Adam,’ it was literally like what I imagined winning the lottery to feel like,” Hodge shares. “I had been very, very much looking forward to being a part of any kind of superhero universe. I didn’t care what it was for such a long time just because I had been such a fan. I grew up on graphic novels. I got into the business so I could earn money to buy Batman toys, you know? It was like 13 to 15 years of constantly going up to bat and getting told no. So it really was a validation of those last few years of pursuit, hustle and preparation.”

In a recent conversation with THR, Hodge also reflects on the valuable advice that Samuel L. Jackson gave his family on the set of Die Hard with a Vengeance, the disturbing ending of The Invisible Man and going toe to toe with Kyle Chandler on Friday Night Lights.

To put it mildly, it’s been a challenging year, but your career is thriving in spite of everything. What’s this year been like for you in that regard?

Well, it’s twofold. Professionally, it gives me a sense of appreciation in a time where there’s still so many people not working. And of course, for a time, my industry was down and we all weren’t working. So to be in this position and to have the best professional year of my 32-year career is really kind of insane, but I look at it as a reminder to maintain faith and gratitude. At the same time, I’m now put in a position to help, so I’ve got to figure out what the real mission is. There’s a reason I’ve been blessed with this kind of opportunity in this particular time, and I have to use it responsibly. It’s also coupled with the experience of so much loss and so much pain that we’re not removed from, given this year. My family has experienced quite a bit of emotional and personal hardship, so that’s not lost on me. I’m just in a better position to have access to more options to do some work. Beyond the TV, beyond the movies, it’s not about that. That’s not the work. The work is representation and creating opportunities. I used my advantages this year to try to make as many opportunities as possible for myself and the people around me.

One Night in Miami introduces each character by showing what they’re up against in early 1964. And during Jim Brown’s introduction, he, along with the audience, were lulled into a false sense of security as things took a very sharp turn via Beau Bridges’ character. When you first read that scene in the script, did you have a similar experience given its sudden swerve?

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Press: ‘Black Adam’ – Aldis Hodge in Talks to Play Hawkman in New Line’s DC Movie

Friday, Sep 25, 2020

Don’t forget your mace.

Aldis Hodge, who starred in City on the Hill and appeared in this year’s remake of The Invisible Man, has nabbed the high-flying role of Hawkman in Black Adam and is now in final negotiations to join New Line’s action-adventure thriller featuring the DC Comics antihero starring Dwayne Johnson.

Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Johnson in the upcoming Disney adventure film Jungle Cruise, is directing.

Longtime Johnson collaborator Beau Flynn is producing via FlynnPictureCo., along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia via their Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon will oversee for FlynnPictureCo. and will also serve as executive producer.

The story is tied to 2019’s hit Shazam! and centers on the character who was first created as that squinty-eyed hero’s archnemesis but evolved into a more layered individual.

An enticing factor for fans is the introduction in Black Adam of the Justice Society of America, a multi-generational group that preceded the Justice League. Characters Atom Smasher (to played by Noah Centineo), as well as Doctor Fate and Cyclone, who have yet to be cast, will figure into the story.

Hawkman, who first appeared in 1940’s Flash Comics No. 1, is one of a pair of lovers from Ancient Egypt destined to constantly be reincarnated throughout time and space, with many rebirths leading to an emergence as a hawk-themed hero using both giant wings and an alien element called “nth metal,” which negates gravity and allows him to fly. In contemporary times, he’s Carter Hall, an archaeologist-turned-adventurer who struggles with anger issues — and his ability to control a mace.

Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani wrote the latest draft. Adam Sztykiel worked on the previous writer draft.

Black Adam is due out Dec. 22, 2021.

Hodge is the having a hot moment as he is one of the stars in One Night in Miami, Regina King’s historical drama that is generating Oscar buzz this awards season. He also co-starred with Elisabeth Moss in one of the biggest theatrical movies of the year, Universal and Blumhouse’s remake of The Invisible Man.

The actor has been gaining steam with strong notices for his appearances in movies such as 2016’s Straight Outta Compton, in which he played MC Ren, and 2017’s Hidden Figures, and for starring with Jurnee Smollett on WGN’s Underground, co-created by Lovecraft Country’s Misha Green.

Hodge is repped by Paradigm, The Priluck Company, and Ziffren Brittenham.

—Graeme McMillan contributed to this story.

Dwayne Johnson later confirmed the casting and told an amusing story about Aldis.

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THIS IS HAWKMAN ? A pleasure to welcome @aldis_hodge to BLACK ADAM. HAWKMAN is a critical leading role for our movie, as he is the fiery leader of the JSA (Justice Society of America) and one of the most beloved and legendary characters in the DC UNIVERSE. I called Aldis personally as I wanted to surprise him that he got the role and it wound up being one of the greatest conversations I’ve ever had. Aldis: Hello? DJ: Hello, I’d like to speak to Aldis. Aldis: Who is this? DJ: This is Dwayne Johnson. * long pause Aldis: Whoever this is stop playing on my phone. DJ: This is Dwayne, is this Aldis? * longer pause Aldis: This shit ain’t funny, I said stop playing on my fucking phone. DJ: Aldis, this is DJ. I just called to say thank you so much for sending in your audition – it was great and I really appreciate the efforts you made. Just wanted to say thanks and best of luck in all you do. And one more thing — welcome to Black Adam. * longest pause Aldis: I’m sorry you’ll have to hold on for a one second. * he puts the phone down and walks away and all I hear is inaudible yells ? Aldis: DJAYYYY OHHHHH SHIT!!!!!! * Im laughing my ass off by now. DJ: You ok? You’re gonna crush this role! We went on to have an awesome conversation full of gratitude, love and motivation. Can’t wait to work with this very talented brother. The perfect HAWKMAN. Let’s get to work. #aldishodge #jsa #hawkman ? #blackadam??

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