This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actor and
former Marine Darius Cottrell. Darius spoke to us about his upcoming film with Eddie Murphy, his work on “Agents of Shield” and what serving his country taught him about acting. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Darius Cottrell:
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
Darius Cottrell: Some careers you are drawn to and some career draw you to it. I have always been drawn to the business from the time I was ten. When I was in in the Marines. I actually got caught up with my military career but something in me wouldn’t let me stay in the military. Then, I was coming to the end of my contract as a Marine. I just felt the business drawing me to it near the end of my military career. So, I see as a calling to be in this business.
TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?
DC: I love a lot of different actors. I love Sidney Poitier, Gene Wilder, James Stewart and many more. But, my favorites are Bruce Lee and Clint Eastwood because growing up, I just loved their movies.
TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?
DC: Aw man, I love “History of the World Part 1”, all of the “Rocky” movies, “Blazing Saddles,” “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” “Enter the Dragon” and so many others. But, my favorite, that I still watch every year today is “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten?
DC: Guy Torry told me once that “My day is just a day away!” The funny thing about that is I didn’t get it right away. But, I reflect on that from time to time. Because it simply means don’t give up because your big break might be the next day. But, you wouldn’t reach it if you stop.
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve gotten?
DC: Don’t become actor! The people that told me that, at the time, hadn’t seen me perform. But, they were telling me that because they thought that there was no money in being an actor.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
DC: My influences are God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and of course, my wife.
TDQ: What can you tell us about your upcoming work on “Agents of Shield” and Eddie Murphy’s new movie, Henry Joseph Church?
DC: I really can’t talk much about either one because these days everyone wants to keep things on the hush, hush. But, “Agents of Shield’s” new season is going to start with a bang and keep you on that ride all season. As for Eddie’s new movie, I think it’s going to be one of those heartfelt, tug at your heart, emotional films. I think the audience will love this one. Because it’s a different Eddie film that people are used to seeing.
TDQ: Besides acting, you’re also a former US Marine. How did that experience influence your acting career?
DC: Well, according to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, we can no longer call ourselves former Marines just Marines. But, to answer the question, my experience has instilled in me to be prepare. We had a saying in the Marine Corps that you fight how you train. So, I keep that in mind when I prepare for a role.
TDQ: What other projects are you working on right now?
DC: Well, I am not scheduled to do anything until January 2016, which is a western pilot. So, I am looking forward to starting that project.
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
DC: I see myself over the next five years winning Oscars, Emmy’s and even spending time on stage to win a Tony. Hopefully by that time starting my own production comany and directing more. I also see myself as being one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood.