Are you comfortable with being branded as a sex symbol? Is it easy to embrace?
It’s a double-edged sword in some way. I really haven’t embraced it, but at the same time, I have to be mindful and cognitive of it and appreciative of it, because it does mean that I’ve gotten to a level of recognition and respect that I’ve always wanted. With that, I have to be level headed and appreciative. I don’t think of myself as sexy. The thing is, whether you want it or not, you have to be prepared for it, if you want to be successful.
Tell the truth, are you living the Entourage bad boy life out in LA?
It’s a decision. You choose how you want to live. I don’t live like that at all. I used to be out and about at nightclubs, but unless there’s a reason to celebrate, I’m not going to go out and celebrate the fact that it’s Wednesday. At the same time, there’s a great time and a place to have fun and go drink, a lot of shit isn’t accomplished by waking up at noon hung over.
You sound more like a nerd than a player. What are the geekiest things you enjoy?
I read books… I don’t have enough time to read as much as I’d like. I read a few books a month. Most of the news I watch is Cable News Networks. And I don’t do it because I want to be informed, but because I find it really entertaining. You can find me at different lectures and symposiums at colleges. I just feel like information and knowledge is really entertaining and sharing it and learning it and debating these things it’s like wet dream. So, yeah, I’m a nerd.
You’re close to hitting 30, are you ready to leave your 20s behind?
I am ready to get the hell out of my twenties! I feel like your twenties are when you have all of these great ideas about things you want to accomplish, but you don’t have the inclination to do it. It’s like “I can’t wait to do this…let’s go to the club!” Your twenties is where you have this wonderful mind, but not the patience to let things happen. Your twenties, especially in our society today, are just an extended childhood. You get away with a lot of shit in your twenties that adults aren’t able to do. And I want to be an adult in every way.
What other projects are you working on right now?
I have a couple in pre-production. Brother’s Blood is a throwback monster movie where there are not a lot of special effects but a guy in a monster suit-kicking ass. I play a guy fresh back from Iraq and his fiancé’s brother is headed to Iraq and we all go down to New Orleans and it kind of turns into deliverance meets swamp thing.
I’m directing a film called The Wolf and it’s from an incredible play called The Sandstorm and my friend turned it into a screen play called The Wolf and it’s about three Iraq vets who come home and they’re all standing psychologically evaluated to see if they are fit to be court marshaled for atrocities they committed in the war zone. The atrocities are questionable because in the early part of the war, things weren’t defined. There’s a male and a female solider who escape from the ward and go on a road trip that kind of reminds me of Natural Born Killers.
I haven’t directed a feature length yet. I’ve done it on the lower level but not on a major level yet. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been directed enough to know how to direct in certain ways and how not to.
What would you like people to say about you when it’s all said and done?
People say where do you want be in 10 years? I want to be happy. And I want to work on things I care about and in the end of the day, I would be very happy with somebody acknowledging that Mehcad Brooks passed away on the CNN ticker.