Cuba Gooding Jr. shares his best acting tips.Cuba Gooding Jr.'s acting career is expected to make a huge comeback following his acting performance in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. But, it was not a walk in the park for the legendary actor.
Cuba Gooding Jr. opened up about falling from Hollywood's list top actors and moving towards B-rated-straight-to-DVD videos. "I was in the wilderness of Hollywood for almost ten years. I was off the studio lists. I wasn't getting the roles offered to actors that hadn't done a third of the roles I had done, or had the popularity I had." Cuba added, "I didn't have “Steven Soderbergh is looking to work with me” anymore. I was hooked up with a couple of low-budget producers who had foreign financing money and were doing a formula where they would sell the foreign presales coupled with personal, private investors who had a billion dollars, and they green-lit the movies for under $5 million as long as I was in it."
"I was in the wilderness of Hollywood for almost ten years. I was off the studio lists."
So, in order to combat the lack of movie roles, Cuba Gooding Jr. focused on working with the right filmmaker instead of the money.
"I wasn't getting the roles offered to actors that hadn't done a third of the roles I had done, or had the popularity I had."
"I don't choose parts. I choose filmmakers. I'm done trying to make a statement with a character. Instead of worrying about the character, now I choose roles based on who my director's going to be. If there's a connection there, I don't care what the role is." He discussed how he approached acting and finding the right movie, and Cuba Gooding Jr. also explained how he gets into the mindset for dark and emotional scenes. Apparently, for even an experienced actor it is not that easy.
"If there's a connection there, I don't care what the role is."
Ryan and I had such a shorthand communication. “This take, I need you emotional because you might have done it.” Or, “This take, I want you frustrated because you think your son did it.” It would send me into an emotional state. I was ready to go anywhere he wanted me or needed me to go at any time. It was one of the things where, as I walked towards the Bronco, I almost started to shake. I think of it now and it puts me in a frame of mind. When I see the backseat, that leather.
Cuba Gooding Jr. says he takes himself to dark places in order to achieve such dramatic and emotional scenes.
Sometimes in my trailer I would say, “I'm having a nervous breakdown.”
You're bringing the essence of your core emotional being to that moment. Your brain can clock that there's a camera, but your body's believing the reality of what you're going through. Sometimes in my trailer I would say, “I'm having a nervous breakdown.”It's an amazing interview and you can read it in full here.