Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Missick: Black Actors Have To Avoid ‘Kangaroo Jack’ Trap

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Dorian Missick is one of the stars in the new ABC ensemble drama, Six Degrees, but the African-American actor still feels extra pressure to keep his acting “cred.”

Missick says that African-American actors still get limited roles offered to them for movies and TV, and that he keeps a tight watch on the scripts he considers and how well the role he’s offered is written.

In Missick’s words, “You have to be very careful, because if you take a role just to pay the mortgage, and it turns out to be your biggest hit, then you’re always going to be known as the Kangaroo Jack dude.”

It’s also obvious, says Missick, that the roles written with black people in mind are so cliched, that he and his manager have a rule for what they’re looking for in a character.

As Missick puts it: “Basically, does it matter all that much if the characters is black or white? If not, it’s probably written much better.”

Six Degrees, which also stars Campbell Scott, Hope Davis and Erika Christensen, premieres September 21.

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