FROM Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown says it's a better time for black actors in Hollywood Sterling K. Brown won an Emmy for portraying Christopher Darden in “The People v. OJ Simpson” last year. Now he’s nominated again for his role as Randall Pearson on “This Is Us.” He used to joke that there could only be one black actor working in Hollywood at a time, but he says it’s a lot different now. Emmy-nominated actor Sterling K. Brown at KCRW (Photo by Amy Ta)
Sterling K. Brown & Brian Tyree Henry on their breakout year Actors and long-time friends Brian Tyree Henry and Sterling K. Brown tell us how they first met (there were drag queens involved!), their evolving careers and why 2016 was a year that stood out and changed both of their lives. They both played memorable parts on FX shows -- Brown portrayed prosecutor Chris Darden in The People vs. O.J. Simpson and Henry introduced us to rapper Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles on Atlanta.
Sterling K. Brown on 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson' The FX limited series The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story swept up a whopping 22 Emmy nominations this year, included 6 in the acting categories. One of those nods is for Sterling K. Brown, who is up for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Christopher Darden, a prosecutor placed in an impossible situation. Other actors were offered the role of Darden first, but turned it down. Brown, however, was excited to have the opportunity to portray Darden in all his complexities, and to re-examine his own previously-held judgments. In real life, Darden is the one who asked O.J. Simpson to try on the infamous glove; it’s failure to fit is remembered as the nail in the coffin for the prosecution. In the FX series, we see Darden, as portrayed by Brown, eager to make a dramatic move in the courtroom that will prove without a doubt Simpson is guilty. Prosecutor Marcia Clark, played by Sarah Paulson, doesn’t see the point in taking the risk, considering all the other evidence they already have. But when the moment arrives, Darden, unable to heed his partner’s advice, can’t stop himself. It’s one of the most memorable moments in the whole series, and one that Brown tells us, as he was acting, was able to trick himself into forgetting how the scenario actually ends, and ended up feeling real anger and annoyance towards Cuba Gooding Jr., who played Simpson. Brown is a career actor who spent seven years on Army Wives. But he tells us the FX series has put him on the map in a way he wasn’t before. He next appears in the upcoming NBC dramedy This is Us. Listen to The People vs. O.J. Simpson writers, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski on The Business
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.