Adetokumboh M’Cormack is starring in Columbia’s highly anticipated new film BATTLE: LOS ANGELES opposite Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan. The film follows a marine platoon (that includes M’Cormack and Eckhart) that has to go back into Los Angeles after a massive alien attack. Columbia Pictures is releasing the film on March 11, 2011.
M’Cormack is most widely recognized for his role as "Yemi" on LOST and for his part in Ed Zwick’s BLOOD DIAMOND. He also had notable roles in 24 (portraying "Zeze Eto'o"), THE UNIT, HEROES, WITHOUT A TRACE and GILMORE GIRLS. Born in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, he grew up in Kenya and lived in Nigeria before attending SUNY Purchase in New York. Check out my latest "Versus" with actor Adetokumboh M'Cormack.
Brian S- How’d you get into acting?
AM- I did a lot of plays at school. I've been acting since I was maybe four years old, and I remember always loving being on stage. When I was 12 I was cast in a Hallmark movie called the Great Elephant Escape with Joseph Gordon Levitt. I think it was at that point I decided I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing this. I took acting classes at school at later got accepted into the Acting Program at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at SUNY Purchase...and now here I am.
You've had some really cool acting gigs so far and on some of my favorite shows! Just has to throw that out there!
(laughs) It was a great opportunity to be a part of some amazing shows that in my opinion redefined their genres. I was a huge fan of shows like Lost and Heroes so it was a real honor to have been a part of them.
Brian S- Ok, you're in the upcoming Battle: Los Angeles. What can you tell me about this film? It looks crazy!
AM- Crazy is definitely the best way to describe it (laughs). The film is really intense. It focuses on a marine platoon in Los Angeles that fights back against a global alien invasion. Our director, Jonathan Liebesman shot the movie almost documentary style so you get to feel like you are right there in the middle of the action. It's like Black Hawk Down meets Saving Private Ryan but with Aliens. It's very gritty and real and has a lot of heart. I can honestly say it's unlike anything I've ever seen.
Brian S- Tell me a little about your character?
AM- I play a navy corpsman (basically a medic) originally from Nigeria named Jibril Adukwu. My character tries to save as many lives as possible on the battlefield. I also get to engage in some urban combat against the aliens, which is pretty awesome.
Brian S- How was it working with this great cast?
AM- Incredible. We did three weeks of boot camp prior to filming which was a great bonding experience. We would wake up at 5 am and run several miles and literally do hundreds of pushups and sit ups. We would assemble and disassemble guns, learn how to speak, walk and act like marines. It basically prepared us for what would be a really intense shoot. But more importantly it gave us a strong sense of camaraderie that I think is evident on screen. Some of these guys are really the best in the business - Cory Hardrict, Neil Brown Jr, Will Rothhaar, Jim Parrack, James Liao - very talented actors and overall just really great guys. We all became very close and by the end of the shoot we were like brothers.
Brian S- So, do the humans win in the end or can you tell me that?
AM- You'll have to watch the movie to find out.
Brian S- What's your coolest experience you can share about making this film?
AM- There is this one scene where I literally get really up close and personal with an alien. The props and special effects guys really make the scene awesome. I can't give too much away but it's pretty cool.
Brian S- If you had to choose between movies and TV gigs which would it be?
AM- The most important thing for me is the material. If the writing is good and I respond well to the character then it doesn't matter if it's film or television.
Brian S- What's up next for you?
AM- I haven't committed to anything yet. I've read a few scripts so we'll see what happens. I'm also producing and starring in a couple of projects set in Africa that I'm really excited about. So that may end up being my first priority. We'll see.
Brian S- Would you like to say anything to all the readers checking this out?
AM- Be sure to check out the various viral websites like battlela.com that will give you an in depth look at the aliens and behind the scenes information. And of course be sure to check out Battle: Los Angeles in theatres March 11th!