I saw the movie Cadillac Records this weekend and I have to say it was a good Film, all around Acting, Music, direction, and story. I think alot of people are sleeping on it, and its really a solid film, but this post is about the new up and coming actor Columbus Short who had a stand out performance in the film! Below is a interview from complex magazine that you can read to get to know him better.
Unlike most young gunners, he’s shying away from the easy money and meticulously picking his roles (hey, Stomp The Yard > You Got Served). In this uncut version of the interview, Short gives his thoughts on Tyler Perry movies, his future projects and why he’s not trying to wind up like Brandon Routh. Who? Exactly!
Interview By Damien Scott
Complex: Many people don’t know this, but you were in Stomp. How did that come about?
Columbus Short: Well basically, when I was a kid, my mom took me to a McDonald’s commercial and I just froze up, man. I got shy. I wasn’t ready for it at the time. So she waited till I got a little older and when I was 10, I started auditioning again and it was just a passion. But then I moved to Orange County and then when I went to high school, I started getting into musicals and Broadway and that became a passion. So I joined the cast of Stomp.
Complex: What’s been your favorite movie to be in so far?
CS: Cadillac Records by far. I did that with Beyoncé, Jeffrey Wright, Adrian Brody, and it was the most artistic fulfilling experience ever. It’s why I signed up to be an actor. And it isn’t a huge movie. It’s very much a critically acclaimed movie and that’s what its about. It’s not always about the money. It was a fantastic, wonderful experience.
Complex: I don’t know, any movie with Beyoncé, Jeffrey Wright and Adrian Brody is pretty huge. Let’s talk about it—you play Little Walter. How did you prepare for that role?
CS: Lawrence Fishburne got me his dialect coach and I started going to a dialect coach, ’cause Little Walter was Cajun. He spoke French from the Bayou and I started learning how to play the harmonica. So I was doing that, I lost 25 pounds and immersed myself in blues.