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Recently, Julia Roberts spoke about Homecoming, the television show she had a leading role in. Now, Stephen James, who plays Walter Cruz in this TV series, gave an interview to Collider about Homecoming as well as If Beale Street Could Talk, the new film by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins.
Stephen James had this to say on what appealed to him about Homecoming:
“The podcast was the first iteration of this story that I ever heard. I didn’t realize how cool it could be and how drawn in you could get, listening to people’s voices. For me, it was just fascinating, this whole world that I had experienced through voice, so the idea of bringing it to a television show was really, really exciting.”
“Obviously, knowing that Sam Esmail was going to be directing it got me very excited. I’m a fan of Mr. Robot and how he is, stylistically, as a director, I thought would be really cool with this. And then, having the opportunity to work alongside Julia Roberts and be literally opposite her, every day, was very enticing. For me, this was a no-brainer.”
If Beale Street Could Talk
As I previously mentioned, Stephen James also spoke about If Beale Street Could Talk:
“I’ve been a fan of Barry Jenkins since I watched Moonlight, and then went back and watched Medicine for Melancholy, his first film. I just knew that I was gonna work with him, I just didn’t know when.”
“And then, to get a call from my manager saying that he was going to make his next film, which was gonna be based on a James Baldwin novel, it was eerie because I was already speaking it into existence.”
“I was saying that I wanted to work with him and that I knew it was gonna happen. And then, there was this character, Fonny, who I felt so attached to, right off the bat. I put a couple of scenes on tape, and then Barry called me and we had a lunch in L.A.”
“He gave me his vision for the film an told me what he was hoping to accomplish with it, and I told him that I felt that I was the right guy for the part and that I’d do whatever he wanted me to do, whether he wanted me to put all of the scenes in the film on tape.”
“I’d do whatever I had to, to a part of it, to work with him, and to tell this story. I felt that strongly about it and about the character. I was incredibly lucky to be able to work with Barry.”
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