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Before the Scene with Craig Robinson

by AJ Buckley on May 6, 2013

PeepleswebBefore the Scene is where we all start. In a small town with our families. In front of a mirror with our friends. The days spent sleeping on a couch. The nights working at a bar. Living with the unknown and surrounded by uncertainty. It’s about the times that define us. It’s about the darkness just before the limelight.

Craig Robinson is a veteran actor best known as Darryl Philbin on the NBC smash hit The Office. He has also starred in Hot Tub Time Machine, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Pineapple Express. He can next be seen as the lead opposite Kerry Washington in Peeples, and in Seth Rogen’s New Orleans-shot directorial debut This Is The End.

What made you want to become an actor?
I started acting in grade school, just doing plays at church. I didn’t pursue it early on. It was just doing plays at church and what have you. Once I got to college, I decided I was going to be a musician, but then comedy just overtook me and chose me. I figured I would be a stand-up, so I started doing stand-up and then on my way to learning stand-up, I stopped in at Second City and I started taking classes. I thought they were going to teach me stand-up but it turned out it was this improv stuff. So I thought, “Okay, well, let’s see what goes on here.” I thought, “Just in case I get on a sitcom or something because of my stand-up, maybe I’ll learn some of this.” I was that naïve to think that could happen.

What was your biggest fear?
Going into stand-up, the fear was always that you would get booed, or you won’t be successful. They won’t laugh. Then there was this quote I read, right at the right time, when I was debating whether to do stand-up or not because of those fears. It said, “Do it despite of being afraid.” Go on despite of your fears. I guess my biggest fear was in the stand-up world. It was to not be able to take what I do with my friends and my family and translate that to a larger audience.

What was your lowest point?
There was a period of about three years. I was on The Office, but I wasn’t on it all the time. Stand-up wasn’t as steady, and I was like flat broke. I don’t know how I made rent, but I made my rent every time. Sometimes I had to borrow, and sometimes I had to do other things, but I made my rent every time. I remember going and collecting all of the coins around the house and going to the grocery store to one of those coin machines to exchange it for cash. It was a point where I was being real lazy and feeling real sorry for myself. It was a period of just not wanting to move. I was just straight up lazy…I guess there was some depression there.

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SCENE EVENT: The Boardroom.

by Arthur Vandelay on April 19, 2011

Join Scene Magazine at The Office in Baton Rouge on April 28 for The Boardroom and find out what happens behind closed doors. RSVP here to get in.


First looks at Liv Tyler and Rainn Wilson in “Super”

by Danielle Tabary on August 14, 2010

Rainn Wilson, best known as Dwight on NBC’s “The Office”,  recently adopted the alter super ego Crimson Bolt, the superhero star of the upcoming film “SUPER”. The film shot in Shreveport last Christmas. Wilson plays everyday guy Frank D’Arbo. After his wife (Liv Tyler) who falls under the influence of a drug dealer, he decides to transform himself into a superhero with the best of intentions, but a serious lack of heroic skills. Also starring are Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon and Nathan Fillion.

“SUPER” director and writer James Gunn posted the below images on his blog of an awkwardly intimate scene between Liv Tyler and Rainn Wilson, and also a first look at Wilson decked out in his Crimson Bolt suit.

The video (after the jump) is from the film’s panel at Comic-Con, consisting of James Gunn, Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker and producers Ted Hope and Miranda Bailey. Gunn talks about how calling this film low-budget was an understatement, in that everyone working on the project was paid the lowest possible amount that the guilds allowed. Gunn called it “a labor of love by all involved”, considering the caliber of the cast working on “SUPER”.

Check out the images below and video after the jump.

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Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer have joined the cast of “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”, a comedy now shooting in New Orleans. Written and directed by the Duplass Brothers, the film stars Jason Segel of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” as Jeff, who lives at home. Or so logic would dictate. Ed Helms of “The Hangover” and NBC’s “The Office” co-stars as his brother, whose wife (Greer) is suspected of having an affair. Greer (pictured) was recently spotted at the Lafayette Hotel at 600 St. Charles Ave.

The independent feature film has been shooting in and around the New Orleans area since April 19. Actor John Malkovich and Jason Reitman, who was recently Oscar-nominated for directing “Up in the Air”, are producing.

Source: Variety