Best known as Abe Carver on 'Days of Our Lives'

James Reynolds, best known as Abe Carver on “Days of Our Lives.”

Book I’m reading:
“The Coldest Winter”by David Halberstam. I’m a big Halberstam fan. His books on politics and sports have been in my library for years. This book analyzes the much overlooked Korean War and its relevance to today.

Total number of books I own:
Gosh, I don’t know. I give away about 60 a year. I would guess a 1,000.

Three books that mean a lot to me:
“The Children” by David Halberstam
A collection of Langston Hughes poems
The Chip Hilton sports book I read as a child.

What book would you like to see brought to the bigscreen and what book do you hope never gets adapted?
I would love to see “Five Smooth Stones” by Anne Fairbain brought to the screen. The is no book that can’t be made into a film if it is respected.

Last film I saw:
“Charlie Wilson’s War”

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”
“Black and White in Color
“Casablanca”

Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment? (male or female)
I never go there. There are so many wonderful actors. It is always about matching the right actor with the proper material.

Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
Once again it is so tough. A hundred years of film making have brought a lot of bright lights to the screen. How do you compare a silent film star with the glamerous stars of the ’30s and ’40s, the gritty portrayals of the ’50s and ’60s, and todays extraordinarily skilled actors?

If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
Nelson Mandela.

Who do you look to for inspiration?
My wife and son. They are my inspiration for everything in my life.

Song currently playing in my iPod:
“Put the Record On” by Corrine Bailey Rae, “Gold Digger” by Kanye West and “On Broadway.” by the Drifters.

Three songs that mean a lot to me:
There is not enough room here to answer that question.

Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind?
No. But there are songs that mean a lot at the moment. What are they?: To many to name after a lifetime of loving music.

Concert that changed your life:
Bill Cosby, the night Martin Luther King was asasinated at the University of Kansas.

Guilty pleasures
* TV: “American Idol”
* Film: “40-Year-Old Virgin”
* Reading material: Western novels
* Web sites: Any sports web site
* YouTube video: “Dick in a Box”

Best hangover remedy?
Cayenne, tabasco, lemon juice.

What’s the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?
The biggest upside is the vast amount of information that is accessible. The great downside is pornography is available to children. Something must be done about that.

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
Love it. It is the only thing that will get you through the tough times. Do not become an actor to become a star. Do it because you love the craft.

Do you have a dream project?:
Yes. A couple of stories of African-Americans in the American west.

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?:
Those beautiful sunny Southern California mornings.

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Kathern Ross. Very hot in “The Graduate.”

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
Most of the things I do. Grocery shopping, work around the house, you name it.

What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex?
It depends on what cliff you are standing on.

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
I love Spike Lee, but I love the Lakers more.

What is the single worst purchase you’ve made in the past year?
An all-in-one printer that still doesn’t work properly.

What is the real reason behind answering these questions?
I get to use my new computer.

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Alison Sweeney, Josh Taylor, Jay Johnson, Paul Newman, Angela Bassett

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