JEREMY COPELAND: BRIAN YOU WHERE JUST FEATURED IN THE NEW TYLER PERRY FILM “ GOOD DEEDS “, WHICH DID AMAZING IN THE BOX OFFICE, HOW DID YOU GET THAT ROLE IN THE FILM?
BW: Tyler is a good friend and called me at home to discuss the project. Before we even hung up, I was onboard and excited to support his vision – especially because his message with this film is so relevant, positive & inspiring.
JEREMY COPELAND: YOUR CHARACTER WAS A VERY EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE MAN WITH A LOT OF ANGER, JEALOUSY AND BITTERNESS, HOW DID YOU TAP INTO THAT MINDSET TO PULL OFF SUCH AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE?
BW: It all starts with Tyler Perry. He provided a great script; and as a Director he is very clear about what he wants. Also, as the writer, he is readily able to answer any/all questions about the character(s) and their motivations. I just placed myself in his hands, trusted him and allowed him to direct me.
JEREMY COPELAND: WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING WITH A PERFECTIONIST LIKE TYLER PERRY?
BW: It’s always an inspiring experience. I don’t know anybody in the industry who cares more, works harder or gives more of themselves to their work than he does – while still remaining humble and hungry to improve with each step forward. It’s always a joy to work with him.
JEREMY COPELAND: WHEN YOU READ THIS ROLE DID YOU IMMEDIATELY JUMP ON IT OR DID YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT TO CONSIDER?
BW: I told him from the 1st phone call that it would be a honor to play his brother; and that as long as he keeps putting out the positive messages to our community & world he can always and forever count on me in whatever capacity he needs.
JEREMY COPELAND: ARE YOU PLEASED WITH THE OUTCOME OF THE FILM?
BW: I actually haven’t watched the movie fully yet. I don’t like to watch myself onscreen. But I am pleased and proud that people seem to ‘get’ his intended message and that the film spoke to people so powerfully. Also, my wife & mother attended the premiere with me and both shed a few tears… so that made me feel proud.
JEREMY COPELAND: WHAT ARE YOUR METHODS TO GETTING READY FOR FILMS AND ROLES?
BW: I’m a Mesiner trained actor. But, each role is different. Some require physical transformations. Some require in depth research. Some require developing or honing special skills. So it varies project to project.
JEREMY COPELAND: YOU HAVE BEEN IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR SO LONE WHAT IS YOUR FORMULA FOR LONGEVITY?
BW: Humility; a blue-collar work ethic; remaining a perpetual student of the craft and maintaining my passion and joy for the art-form.
JEREMY COPELAND: WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU AND YOUR CAREER?
BW: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ opens in theaters worldwide on 4/13! Details: http://discoverthecabininthewoods.com/