'The Enemy Within': 'Boyz n the Hood' star Morris Chestnut puts on his action hero hat for NBC's new show
Morris Chestnut has become a more conscious actor over the years and the recent roles he's played in TV and film have shown just how versatile he can be
"A lot of people come to 'Hollywood' thinking that all they just have to do is be different or do something outlandish or have a huge personality to become a star," Morris Chestnut told Kam Williams in an interview.
While the humble 50-year-old actor may be best known for his role as Ricky Baker opposite Ice Cube in John Singleton’s 'Boyz n the Hood', Chestnut now shies away from playing Hollywood's stereotypical roles. After being in the industry for almost three decades, the actor has learned to say no to roles in which he feels he would be sexually objectified.
A philanthropist and humanitarian, Chestnut has come a long way from playing the shirtless pathologist Dr. Beaumont in 'Rosewood' and is now more conscious of the roles he takes up knowing just how much TV can idolize "The Perfect Male Specimen" (which he'd been called on occasion).
Despite his efforts to stay off the "sexy radar", he was named the sexiest man alive by 'People Magazine' in 2015.
Chestnut is well known for his chiseled body and action roles in Holywood but he's actually a romantic at heart and his 20-plus years of marriage to Pam Byse just cements his point further. His insistence on not being typecast as "The Jock" or "The Action Star", shows in his varied works through the years. From playing a nurse in 'ER' to playing the main villain in 'Prince of Pistols', Chestnut has won fans over due to his resilience in the industry and his ability to adapt to any role he plays.
The California-born actor shows us his romantic side in movies like 'The Best Man', 'The Brothers', and 'Two Can Play That Game', where we see Chestnut bringing his A-game to the genres which he feels are more closer to his mindset.
However, in NBC's upcoming drama 'The Enemy Within', we see Chestnut taking up the role of Will Keaton, an FBI Agent who enlists the help of a supposedly notorious traitor, Erica Sheppard (Jennifer Carpenter), in order to bring an elusive spy to justice even though it may cost him more than he bargained for.
"I think the best type of action movie combines a love story with the action," Chestnut said. And though fans may say that he's typecast again, with Chestnut's history of carefully picking his roles, we can totally expect a little bit of everything in this upcoming drama.
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Through Chestnut's dedication to his craft, we can definitely expect an exemplary performance from this fine Hollywood veteran.
'The Enemy Within' will premier on 25 February on NBC. You can check out the official promo below!