We were on hand at the NYC premiere of HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”
We caught with the movie’s stars Courtney B. Vance, Reg E. Cathey, John Beasley and Ruben Santiago Hudson to talk how they got involved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks the red carpet. Check out our interviews after the jump.
Tell me what was the initial phone call like when you got called to do this project.
Courtney Vance: George C. said, “Courtney, I need you. I need you to come to Atlanta.” I tried to do anything and everything I could to say, “I couldn’t. I’m not available.” And then my assistant said, “Courtney, George C. wants to talk.” And I was like,”Oh! I’m going! I know I’m going.”
How long was the filming process for you?
Courtney Vance: About, total, two days. Something like that. Two-and-a-half days.
And that’s what you deliver in two days? Like that?
Courtney Vance: Two days, baby.
I mean, I knew you had it like that, but …
Courtney Vance: I got it like that.
You’ve been having such great moments on TV lately, with OJ and now this. Talk about the platform of TV, and what that is for you, versus film or TV?
Courtney Vance: You know, this is the day TV has come into it’s own, now. There’s more wonderful projects. The best writers are on television, now, and on cable. That’s what it is. So that’s why all the top actors and directors are here, because that’s where the stories are. I just saw Pierce Brosnan’s doing AMC’s “The Son.” I can’t wait to see that. It’s just-
Where it’s at.
Courtney Vance: Where it’s at.