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Interview: Actor Ron Perlman Talks 'Hannibal Chau,' 'Sons Of Anarchy' And 'Pacific Rim'

With just a week and some change left until the world witnesses the next Guillermo del Toro picture, VIBE got a chance to chat with longtime collaborator Ron Perlman about his role in the sci-fi action-adventure flick.

The classically trained actor has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions. Born in Washington Heights, New York, the man who would be known around the world as Hellboy, begun his life overcoming bullies at a young age and went on to hone his acting skill at Lehman College. Over the course of his career, Perlman has worked alongside an array of colorful cinematic characters, including Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Brad Dourif, Ed Harris, Jude Law, Sigourney Weaver, Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci to name a few.

The self-described "un-bankable star," managed to earn multiple Golden Globes for his roles on TV as Vincent (Beauty and the Beast), Slade (Teen Titans) and Clarence "Clay" Morrow (Sons of Anarchy). His charm and menacing wit has afforded him a healthy career as a character and voice actor. After starring in Guillermo del Toro's films Cronos and Blade II, the pair created a partnership that produced critical acclaim — 2004's Hellboy. With a sequel in the books (2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army), much noise has been made for a third film.

Movie fans will have to have patience to see if Hollywood green lights another project, but they don't have to wait long for another Guillermo del Toro / Ron Perlman project. On July 12, the duo teams up again for Pacific Rim, a sci-fi action-adventure picture also starring Sons Of Anarchy co-star Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. The plot finds humanity's near future in jeopardy, as giant monsters identified as "Kaiju" have risen from a portal in a crevasse beneath the Pacific Ocean, which results in a war that quickly consumes mankind's resources. To combat the monsters, a special type of weapon—massive robots known as Jaegers—are created simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.

While Ron does not start off the action during this film, he plays an important role as Hannibal Chau, the head of a group of scavengers who get to Kaiju remains first and sell pieces of the corpses on the black market. With Ron only on-board as a supporting character, he still manages to steal the screen whenever he appears.

VIBE got a chance to chat with the Master Class actor about the creation of Hannibal Chau, how he uses "Jewish guilt" on Guillermo del Toro, what movie fans can do to help Hellboy 3 become a reality, and more.

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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attends a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 30, 2020 in Hollywood, California.
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50 Cent's Big Meech-Inspired 'Black Mafia Family' Series Heading To Starz

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is heading back to Starz with another television series.

After the success of Power, the hip-hop icon-turned-entrepreneur-turned television executive producer is set to have a hand in Black Mafia Family. The crime series is inspired by the true-life story of Detroit drug lord Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother Terry "Southwest T," who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late '80s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in the country." According to Starz, the series will touch on the subjects of “love, family, and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream.”

"I told you Black Mafia Family was coming and it’s going to be the biggest show on television," said Jackson in the announcement. "Meech and Terry are legends and I am excited to bring their story to Starz."

Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch added: “This is a project Curtis has always been incredibly passionate about and we are excited to have him as our partner in bringing it to life.

“Black Mafia Family has all the hallmarks of a great drama, from the larger-than-life Flenory brothers to the deadly, high-stakes world they inhabited. This series is going to be an incredible ride for audiences around the world.”

No word on who will star in the series or when it will premiere. 50 Cent's current ABC drama, For Life—about former-inmate-turned-lawyer Isaac Wright Jr.—reportedly tallied the "biggest playback increase for any new broadcast midseason debut — scripted or unscripted."

Jackson's multi-million dollar deal with Starz includes another series titled, Vanguard, as well as other upcoming Power sequels: Powerbook II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Influence, and Power Book V: Force.

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‘Candyman’ Receives New Fall Theater Release Date

What was once slated to be released on June 12, Candyman will now appear in theaters on Sept. 25 due to COVID-19 concerns, Deadline reports. The Nia DaCosta-directed thriller had viewers on the edge of their seats when the trailer was released earlier this year, setting up the box office for a smash of a film.

Candyman stars Yayha Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and more. In 1992, the original film was released and instantly became a mainstay within the canon of horror films.

For the film’s producer Jordan Peele, Candyman’s original director Bernard Rose’s mission for the movie grew into a level of understanding that Peele recently realized. “And his vision, I think, is nothing short of beautiful, albeit complicated,” he said in an interview with Gizmodo. “It’s one that I can look at in hindsight with more experience and education and go, ‘Wow, that is…it’s definitely a mirror.’ All I’ll say—because I don’t want to go too far down that rabbit hole—is we’re doing it differently.”

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TC Carson Reveals He Was Fired From ‘Living Single’ For Voicing Frustrations

T.C. Carson sat down with Comedy Hype for an extensive interview where he revealed that he was fired from Living Single for speaking out on behalf of the cast, and subsequently “blackballed” from Hollywood.

According to Carson, the cast had “various” issues with the show -- from the way that they were treated, to the script, and others things that occurred during the five-season run.

“There were times when we had issues on the show and we would come to them as a cast but I would be the spokesperson for it,” Carson recalled. “That last season before I left, they called me in and they basically said 'All these problems that we’ve been having they [the cast] listen to you…so if you said something else, then they would do that.’

“I said, ‘Well first of all, we’re dealing with five grown people and they have their own minds and their own ideas about what we’re doing,” Carson continued. “Everything we come to you with is a group decision, but if you think I have that much power then I need to have a different job,’ and I don’t think they liked that.”

At the start of the final season, Carson’s character (Kyle Barker) was shipped off to London, raising his suspicions about potentially getting fired, but he was assured that he wouldn’t be let from the show. After the episode aired, Carson says he got a call from his lawyer telling him that he was fired from the show. “It wasn’t that I got fired, it was the way it was done.”

Carson also mentioned the treatment that the cast endured compared to the cast of Friends, which debuted after Living Single and used the same concept, except with white actors. Both sitcoms were filmed on the same lot at Warner Bros.

After getting fired, Carson went on an audition where he learned from a Black casting director that his former Living Single bosses spread false rumors about him. “He said, ‘I heard you were difficult, that you came to work unprepared, and I said ‘You know what? This interview is over. Thank you so much for your time,’ and I got up and walked out because I’m not going to let a Black man berate me in front of these white people.”

The 61-year-old actor described the experience as “devastating,” but despite troubles behind the scenes, he has fond memories of working with Queen Latifah, Erica Alexander, and the rest of the Living Single cast.

Watch clips of his interview below.

 

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