Omari Hardwick is doing something very unusual for a Hollywood actor … he’s abandoning big budget studio films to focus on his craft!
After starring in a string of high profile Hollywood movies like Beauty Shop, Gridiron Gang, The Guardian, Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna, Kick-Ass, The A-Team, Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, and Whitney Houston’s final film Sparkle, the actor has begun to concentrate on appearing in smaller character driven projects. Last year’s independent hit Middle of Nowhere is a perfect example, as is his latest film Things Never Said, which opens in theaters on September 6th.
The film marks TV writer Charles Murray’s (Third Watch) directorial debut and follows an aspiring poet (Shanola Hampton) in a troubled marriage that falls for a new man (Hardwick) who helps her find her artistic voice. In addition to Hardwick and Hampton, the film also stars Elimu Nelson (Love Don’t Cost a Thing), Michael Beach (Broken City), and Tamala Jones (Castle).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Omari Hardwick about his work on Things Never Said. The popular actor discussed his new movie, why he’s made the shift to independent film, his life long passion for poetry, how that made playing this role so natural for him, and working with first time feature film director Charles Murray.
Opening in Los Angeles theaters on September 6th is the new drama Things Never Said from writer and director Charles Murray (TV's Third Watch). The film stars Shanola Hampton (TV's Shameless), Elimu Nelson (Love Don't Cost a Thing), Omari Hardwick (Sparkle), Tamala Jones (TV's Castle), and Michael Beach (Broken City).
IAR is proud to present an exclusive clip from Things Never Said.
ABC’s Castle keeps getting it right by constantly keeping it fresh and next week’s brand new film noir episode that takes us back in a time machine to the 1940’s is no exception. Entitled The Blue Butterfly, fans will get to follow novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), as they investigate the killing of a treasure hunter. In true Castle-style, there is an ominous twist when they discover that the current case is linked to a mysterious homicide from 1947 that involved a hard-nosed private detective. Of course with Castle on the case, all involved are lured into his theory that the only way in which to solve this present-day murder is to solve the mystery from the past. Through stylized flashbacks with Castle as the private eye and Beckett as a femme fatale, the 1947 case is resurrected.
Cast member Tamala Jones (Medical Examiner, Lanie Parish) speaks about her character’s 1947 alter-ego as well as this most special of episodes that she is calling her all-time favorite. “We had the best time ever making this one! This is my personal favorite and everyone is just going to love it!” Excited that Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural, The Closer) is guest starring as Tom Dempsey, she says of his performance, “He plays a mean gangster that owns the nightclub that my character, Betsy, sings in.” Also guest starring in this episode are Patrick Cassidy as Clyde Belasco, Chad Everett as Jerry Maddox, Ellen Geer as Viola Maddox and Darin Toonder as Frankie.
Finally there is a reason to love Mondays and that reason is ABC’s hit show Castle. With three very successful seasons under their belts, this show simply continues to get better with each passing episode. Monday January 9th is one very special episode, Till Death Do Us Part, which fans have been waiting for since last season because someone in this brilliantly cast ensemble is entering into wedded bliss.