Terry Crews is a scene stealer … We loved him in White Chicks and as a penny-pinching father in Everybody Hates Chris. From his six years in the NFL to The Expendables to his role in the upcoming film Draft Day, Crews is always memorable. Playing the serious and emotional character Earl Jennings, a retired football star for the Cleveland Browns who is attending the NFL draft with his son (played by Texas football pro Arian Foster), is a departure for the comedic actor who is known for using his size and entrances to evoke a laugh. Crews sat down with UPTOWN to discuss life lessons, faith, and fatherhood.
UPTOWN: Your character has similarities to you in many ways, as a former NFL player and father. Where did you pull from in your life to get the emotion we see from you in this film?
Crews: You know I pulled from both areas of my life. Football and fatherhood. I lived in the NFL, and it was my life and my goal from the time I graduated high school. All I wanted to do was play football and be a pro-star. Then, I had a family instantly when I was in college! It’s funny because I always had this vision of having a son, and ended up having four daughters … in a row! Finally, I had my son and had an image of him playing football and we were done having kids, and my wife gets pregnant with my son!
When I looked at Arian [Foster], I saw my son, and I saw the vision, and it was all there … It was Draft Day I was playing a guy that was already a star on a team. And I’m trying to get my son on the same team, but I want him to go further then I did. I internalized all of that because that is what I want for my son. If he wants to be an actor I want him to be an even bigger actor than I am. Whatever it is that he chooses I want him to have even more success than I do.