Caliban is one of the most difficult characters to play because there's not a lot of history there. It's sort of a half-animal, half-man, and there's not a lot of background.
Every morning that I wake up and I'm breathing, I can feel it and take a moment to say, you know, 'Thank God I'm alive for another day.'
Beale Street is a very famous street in the history of America. You know, American music in particular. From the blues to jazz, it's a connecting city from New Orleans that goes all the way up to Buffalo through New York.
I learned a lot about American history though jazz, and that's why I loved American history when I was in high school. I could hear different stories - the story that they would tell in school, and then the story that I would hear in the music.
I have a beautiful collection of albums and try to frequent record stores.
I like to shop for old jazz albums.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was a very savvy character. His drinking and carousing, his charisma and intelligence... the things he did in Congress. He passed for white, then became a black advocate.
Every actor wants that - to have a great character and then continue to add more into the depth of his life.