ComingSoon’s Jeff Ames was able to speak with former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis about his role in the sci-fi comedy/drama. Chariotas well as his acting experience and upcoming projects.
“A story about a corporation and a doctor (John Malkovich) who oversees the process of reincarnation, and a young man (Thomas Mann) who becomes a glitch in the system when he meets the woman (Rosa Salazar) he loved in a past life. «, the synopsis says.
Chariotdirected by Adam Segal, available on demand, digitally and in theaters.
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Jeff Ames: I’m so used to seeing you in 49ers uniform that I was completely blown away when I saw you in Chariot.
Vernon Davis: What do you think of the film?
I thought it was great. I found the film captivating, especially after watching it a second time, when I could pay more attention to the symbolism and story details. So what initially drew you to this project? And, actually, I have to ask what brought you to the world of acting?
I have had a passion for acting ever since I lived in San Francisco. I took a class at the Sheldon Art Theater and that’s when I really started to pursue my career.
How difficult was it for you to make this jump? Because you are really good at the Chariot.
Thanks a lot. I don’t know. It’s like playing football, they say it takes about 10 years to become a genius at it. Once you get to that 10 year mark, it gets easier and easier. Just like in acting, when you do it and spend time on it, attend classes and put your time and energy into it – whether it’s a TV show or a movie – you get better at it. I have invested so much time and energy over the past few years that in every film I do, you can see me making the right moves, breaking up the script, rehashing, tying into my emotional moments in every beat. All my activities are there.
As an artist, I’m drawn to the arena because of acting and music. As an artist, you can do anything.
What attracted you to Chariot?
I thought the director was great, the storyline was great, and the character was really good. I had to invest in my work, it was a complex character. I love these difficult roles.
I’ve made 10 films so I’m familiar with the process. In fact, I just sold my untitled film to BET a few weeks ago. My partner DeSean Hardy and I created the film and BET bought it from us. I play a character named Leonard who grew up with his grandparents. A girl comes and lives with us for the summer and my grandfather has sex with this girl. The grandmother catches them and kills the girl, buries her in the backyard, and puts the grandfather into a coma. Over the years, my character, who never understood what happened, grows up, starts a family and returns to this house. The spirit of the dead girl is now in my daughter, trying to get rid of my wife.
I’m also in another movie called Multi with Cole Hauser and Morgan Freeman. This movie is pretty cool because I’m playing a serial killer. In the film, Houser and Freeman try to stop me – I collect body parts.
How do you prepare for such a role?
What I do is find things in my life that were really difficult or really upset or embarrassed or hurt me – my mom is dying, people in my neighborhood were selling my mom drugs when I was growing up – and associate it with the character. I did a few scenes with Morgan, and he helped me a lot, gave me advice. I also learned a lot from him. He was really helpful.
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Are you open to everything at the moment, or is there a particular genre or character you would like to play?
I have to read the script and see who this character is and what he does. I would like to play a superhero. i would like to be in Aquaman movie. Not as Aquaman, but as a character.
Are there other projects you can tell us about?
I’m in a project called I am going home. We are talking about an award-winning nurse who works in a hospice. I play a character named Tyler Cobb who is dying of liver failure. He’s a former NFL player who’s having complications. It’s pretty cool.