Entertainment News Today Headlines: Omari Hardwick Reveals How He Landed The Role Of Ghost On “Power”
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Last Sunday, Aug. 25, the final season of Starz drama series “Power” kicked off. Omari Hardwick has disclosed how he got the role of Ghost during the “Power” Television Critics Association panel with creator Courtney A. Kemp.
“When I sat down with Courtney the first time pre-Season 1, she said, ‘I’m hiring you for your rage,’” Hardwick told cheatsheetcom. “I got her point, and I didn’t argue it one bit.”
Adding, “I hear everybody from my mother to strangers in here saying, ‘Omari smile more, we love your big *ss smile.’ I get it, but when she said with zero apology, ‘I hired you for your rage,’ one of the greatest things in life is to be given permission to be rage-filled without being arrested for it.”
Hardwick also mentioned how he was able to add some of his own persona into the character, Ghost.
“I haven’t stated it a lot, but there’s a poet meets an athlete meets an actor, so the combination of sorts for me is interesting,” he said. “I grew up in an all-black neighborhood and I went to an all-white high school. So there were things in me that at each pivotal point in my life, the reality that I was creating that which I didn’t even know I would use one day when Courtney and Curtis [Jackson] and Mark Canton and [Starz executive] Carmi [Zlotnik] and the rest of the execs at STARZ hired me. And it was all of those dichotomies that were inside of me.”
He also explained how “it’s really important to know who you are, first and foremost.”
“I’ve seen it in reverse where I’ve met later in life, perhaps, African-Americans who aren’t necessarily so sure about who they are culturally. Then they’re all of a sudden trying to run up and catch who they are in their 20’s. They might’ve grown up opposite, and then they go to a historically black school, and they try to figure that out. Or they get within their own confines or environmental huddles that allow them to learn a little bit more about who they are.”
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Just 4 kids with a dream of telling stories. 1 from the Chi, 1 from Jersey, 1 from Sac town, & 1 from the A . With each aware of our position, i called a huddle season 1 after getting the play from @50cent & @courtneyakemp …..& we ran the play to the best of our ability until the play became playS…until the horn sounded. Until…here we are, accompanied by the greatest cast mates past & present & the hardest working crew……standing in front of millions of fans including those from our hometowns: saying, THANK YOU. 🙏🏻🙏🏾🙏🏼🙏🏽 ________________________________________ #PS6 #Team
On how his own family and upbringing has impacted him, Hardwick said, “There were two grandfathers in my life who had gone through so much of the Jim Crow realities of life, growing up in Savannah, Georgia, both being educated. one calling me Chilly, one calling me Boots.”
“Interestingly, they were so about me learning who I was — even if it was via my father, who was the son of one of them, and through uncles to the side — that by the time I got to certain huddles in life or environmental groups that didn’t mind me coming in, I so was aware of who I was as an African-American which is perhaps rare.”
That background grounded Hardwick when he went to an all white high school, according to cheatsheet.com .
“So once I went off to a white high school, it was interesting because I was very aware of who I was,” he said. “At times, certain things said to me were very offensive because I knew who I was. And then, certain times, there were people that perhaps gravitated towards me, who didn’t look like me or 50 [Cent] or Rotimi or Michael [Rainy, Jr.] or Larenz [Tate]. They didn’t make that an issue that they didn’t look like me. They just were like, ‘I’m comfortable with how comfortable you are with who you are.’ So I started to weed out very well. I think it gave me a great barometer and antenna in terms of discerning people that I shouldn’t be around and those that I could.”
“So by the time I got to somebody like Courtney and somebody like 50, they couldn’t grow up any different,” Hardwick said.
“They were very different in their upbringings. So mine was somewhere in the middle of Courtney and 50. So I feel like both of them threw an arm around me and said, ‘Part of me gets you.’ That would be Courtney’s voice. And then, Curtis had ‘A part of me gets you.’ So, I found my space in the middle in terms of us being the triumvirate of African-American before and then to rejoin the forces.”
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