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What makes your show different?

“It reminds people of their own lives, but at the same time, it is kind of the manifestation of people’s daydreams and what people really want to do but can’t do because it’s taboo.”

What role are you most proud of?

“Being a son to my mother and father. But as far as acting, I would say ‘Glory Road.’ (In the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer pic, Brooks plays Harry Flournoy, a star of the all-black Texas Western U. basketball team that won the NCAA title). It’s such an incredible story and it’s got great historical relevance. It was a bedtime story for me. I heard so much about it growing up.”

What shows influenced you in becoming an actor? Why?

“It wasn’t a show but the movies ‘Eddie Murphy Raw’ and ‘Eddie Murphy Delirious.’ It’s one of my first memories of being entertained and feeling that it could be done as a career. After my parents went to bed, I would sneak downstairs and pop in the VHS tape.”

Comedy or drama: Which is harder?

“It depends on the role, but comedy is a little more difficult because it’s not always written funny. Sometimes you have to figure out what is the funny part and perform it in a funny way.”

Whose career would you like to emulate?

“If I had to pick one, I like to be a blend between Will Smith and Denzel Washington. I think you can go to a Will Smith movie and feel really good and have a lot of fun. At the same time, anything Denzel puts out, I’m going to go see. He could be doing a remake of one of the worst films of all time, and I’ll see it because it’s still Denzel Washington.”

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