FROM Sterling K. Brown
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
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyonce take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.