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?

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

Press: ‘One Night in Miami’ Stars Leslie Odom, Jr. and Aldis Hodge on the Burden of Playing Iconic Figures

Thursday, Nov 5, 2020

 

VARIETY – Leslie Odom, Jr. has won a Grammy and a Tony award for “Hamilton” but he continues to expand and sharpen his abilities as an actor, musician and performer. Portraying Sam Cooke in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami,” the 39-year-old artist delivers one of this strongest turns yet, playing double-duty as not just an actor, but as a singer-songwriter.

In this week’s Variety Awards Circuit podcast, the 39-year-old artist discusses the monumental task of taking on the legendary Sam Cooke. “My number got pulled,” Odom, Jr. says. “I just didn’t want to do a wack Sam Cooke, I didn’t want to be bad, and have it wipe away any opportunity.”

Odom, Jr. has experienced an exceptional year, having also starred in the stage filming of Thomas Kail’s “Hamilton,” which debuted on Disney Plus over the summer. For his work in Amazon Studios’ “One Night in Miami,” he has received an abundance of love and high praise for his performance, which has landed him in the thick of a very competitive Oscar race. Very respectful and gracious about his success, Odom, Jr. is learning more about the film industry. With under a dozen film credits to his name, his passion nevertheless bleeds from his words.

“The first job of the director is to get everybody in the same mood,” Odom says about first-time director Regina King. “Every single note she gave me, every single thought she gave me, made me better.”

On top of his acting work, Odom, Jr. also a writer on the song “Speak Now,” for which he can also receive an Oscar nomination. He would be following in the footsteps of Mary J. Blige and Cynthia Erivo as acting nominees who were also cited in original song.

Also in this episode: Aldis Hodge came into the year delivering outstanding work in the horror film “The Invisible Man” and then took up the task of playing Jim Brown, the only living figure from “One Night in Miami.” He tells the Variety Awards Circuit podcast that initially turned down the chances to audition because he didn’t feel was adequately equipped to do. “My team told me that Regina wants to see you and I’m not going to be the fool who tells Regina ‘No,” Hodge says.

Hodge gained notoriety in 2019 for his incredible performance in “Clemency” opposite Alfre Woodard, for which he received a nomination from the Gotham Awards. Earlier this year, he delivered opposite Elisabeth Moss in the horror hit “The Invisible Man,” stretching out his abilities in different genres.

From discussing his early years acting, Hodge discusses some of the films that inspired his upbringing in the acting space including “Devin in a Blue Dress” with Don Cheadle and “Leon: The Professional” with Natalie Portman. He also speaks to the future generations in the entertainment space, “don’t let anyone tell you that you’re lucky to be here. I earned this spot.”

Both Leslie Odom Jr and Aldis Hodge will campaign in best supporting actor for the upcoming Academy Awards for their stunning performances.

“Variety Awards Circuit Podcast,” hosted by Clayton Davis, Jenelle Riley, Jazz Tangcay and Michael Schneider (who produces), is your one-stop listen for lively conversations about the best in film and television. Each week “Awards Circuit” features interviews with top film and TV talent and creatives; discussions and debates about awards races and industry headlines; and much, much more. Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or anywhere you download podcasts. New episodes post every Thursday.

Gallery: Photoshoot Additions Including Some Exclusives!

Sunday, Sep 27, 2020

 

Gallery Links:

PHOTOSHOOTS > SESSION 64
PHOTOSHOOTS > SESSION 73
PHOTOSHOOTS > SESSION 75
PHOTOSHOOTS > SESSION 76
PHOTOSHOOTS > SESSION 77
PHOTOSHOOTS > SESSION 78

 

Gallery: “Magic Camp” Screencaps Added Plus Extras from “The Invisible Man” and “What Men Want”

Sunday, Sep 27, 2020

 

 

Gallery Links:

FILM PRODUCTIONS > MAGIC CAMP > SCREENCAPS
FILM PRODUCTIONS > WHAT MEN WANT > CÎROC ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CELEBRATES WHAT MEN WANT
FILM PRODUCTIONS > THE INVISIBLE MAN > BONUS: Deleted Scene – “Annie”
FILM PRODUCTIONS > THE INVISIBLE MAN > BONUS: Deleted Scene – “Daisies”
FILM PRODUCTIONS > THE INVISIBLE MAN > BONUS: Deleted Scene – “I Can Do This”
FILM PRODUCTIONS > THE INVISIBLE MAN > BONUS: Deleted Scene – “Insanity Defense”
FILM PRODUCTIONS > THE INVISIBLE MAN > BONUS: Deleted Scene – “There’s Someone Sitting in that Chair”
FILM PRODUCTIONS > THE INVISIBLE MAN > BONUS: Deleted Scene – “Where’s My Phone?”
FILM PRODUCTIONS > THE INVISIBLE MAN > BONUS: Director’s Journeywith Leigh Mannell
FILM PRODUCTIONS > THE INVISIBLE MAN > BONUS: Moss Manifested
FILM PRODUCTIONS > THE INVISIBLE MAN > BONUS: The Players