Russell brings his unique talent to play Thug 1 in "A Mother's Love." This is the second time I got to work with him - the first time he played the father in my short film "Got To Eat." He is a funny and talented guy. I am grateful to work with him on this project and look forward to working with him again.
Born and raised in New York and complete natural with accents and improvisation. He is super creative and sometimes twisted but has a hint of boyish charm. Join me now as we take a little peek inside his Quick Witted, imaginative and unique mind.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I'm the creative, physical type, always looking for a reason to explore the possibilities. Having a diverse NYC background gives me a lot of ammunition. Being passionate about what I do keeps things fresh and fun.
Can you describe what influenced you to pursue a career as an actor?
Fear of public speaking and Mel Blanc. I needed to challenge myself, also my creativity was not being challenged. Acting helped me tap into that creative edge I never knew I had, especially in voice and stage acting.
What kind of roles do you think you are best suited for?
The character type roles. When something different or unique is required when a caricature needs an appropriate voice. Bringing the accents.
What kind of roles would you like to play in the future?
The crazier the better.
What steps do you take to fully understand the importance of your character to the story?
For me it's fully grasping the story and how my character fits into the story. Learning the characters background and state of mind or his perspective.
What is your favorite project that you have worked on and why?
"Got To Eat" I thought the script and characters were so creative and entirely unique. For me it was the perfect vehicle to fine tune the right voice for the job. It was a blast to work on and more fun to watch.
Favorite inspirational quote.
"There's more than one way to skin a cat"
What kind of movies are your favorites?
Most of the time comedy, action/adventure. Or The Shawshank Redemption.
What would be your advice for someone who wants to become an actor?
Find your creative edge, whatever it may be and focus on honing that talent for others to see. Confidence in your actions. Once in pursuit, never give up.
Where can people see your other work?
All of my most recent work you can find on IMDb.
See "A Mother's Love," September 30th, 2021.