“I See As A Calling To Be In This Business:” A Q&A With Actor Darius Cottrell

Darius Cottrell

Darius Cottrell makes his stance on cancer known. All we’re saying is that cancer better watch its back. You’re on notice, cancer!

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.
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“I Choose Not To Remember Bad Advice:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Tony Senzamici

The Neptune Ordeal

Our writers at The Daily Quarterly love to write. After hearing Tony’s two favorite movies they came up with this. Sure, it’s only a tag line but how long is a movie? Two hours? Shouldn’t take much longer than that to write a script.

This weeks’ TDQ Q&A is with actor Tony Senzamici. Tony spoke with us about working with David Simon and Melissa Leo on HBO’s “Treme,” his former career in sales and his charity, The Amici Charity. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Tony Senzamici:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actor growing up?

Tony Senzamici: Always loved Sean Connery as Bond, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Robert Deniro.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

TS: I had several, but “Poseidon Adventure” and “Planet Of The Apes.”

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

TS: Billy Joel said it best in one of his songs… “to forget about life for a while.”
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Morgan Freeman: “Until You Hear It Directly From Me, Assume I’m Not Dead”

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Some of these Morgan Freemans will not survive.

Hollywood—Once again, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has found himself at the center of yet another internet celebrity death hoax. And once again, Freeman’s PR people have had to answer countless media inquiries as to the health of the star, some even from Freeman’s close friends.

But now, Freeman has issued a statement telling the world, or at least anyone in the world who listens to such things, that he himself has partnered up with Visa to record his death announcement, and when the time comes that he does pass on, his fans will get the news directly from his mouth.
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“I Don’t Give A Crap What You Had For Lunch:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Andre Gower, Part 2

Monster Basket Ball Squad

Teen Wolf producers proposed a sequel to Monster Squad that would, once again, team the supernatural with basketball. Unfortunately Monster Basket Ball Squad was never completed.

TDQ: You played college basketball for four years at UNC-Asheville. Anyone else who worked on “Monster Squad” any good at ball?

Gower: I actually played at Louisburg College my first two years for a well-known coach named J. Enid Drake. It was from there that the UNC-A coach asked me to come play for him.

As far as I know, I’m the only hoopster on the Squad, but we all have our extra-curricular talents. Ryan is a rock star and Ashley is a talented actor and has produced some projects. Fred Dekker has done some very cool stuff and is still, in my mind, more creative and knowledgeable than 99% of people working today. And, of course, Shane Black is cranking out great stuff as well.

TDQ: You now work as an acting and media coach. What is the most important thing you try and impart on children who want to break into show business?

Gower: Balance. First and foremost is the need to have as balanced a life as possible. Looking back, it’s the main thing that enabled me to not only work in the industry as much as I did, but enable me to be capable of existing outside of it as well. I went to regular school as much as possible when not on set and played organized sports and had many friends that weren’t associated with the business at all.
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“I Don’t Give A Crap What You Had For Lunch:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Andre Gower

Andre Gower

Andre Gower

This week we caught up with Andre Gower, star of the cult classic “The Monster Squad” and an acting/media coach. Andre spoke to us about chopping down a tree with Mr. T, his thoughts about Twitter and the rigors of being a teen heartthrob. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Andre Gower:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

Andre Gower: Spam actually. Not the lunch meat, the e-mail kind.
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