Common talks new movie 'Odd Life of Timothy Green' and TV success

theGRIO VIDEO - During an interview with theGrio, the rapper/actor Common talks about his new film 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green' and discusses the level of responsibility that he feels playing a freed slave on TV.....

Common stars alongside Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, and CJ Adams  in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which hits theaters today. In the movie, the rapper/actor plays Coach Cal, Timothy Green’s soccer coach.  Common’s appearance in The Odd Life of Timothy Green is just one more film credit to add to his growing body of on-screen working, including films like Smokin’ Aces, Just Wright, and New Year’s Eve.

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The “I Used To Love H.E.R.” rapper also stars as a freed slave, Elam Ferguson on AMC’s Hell On Wheels. On the show, which is now in it’s second season Common’s character comes to terms with the risks and responsiblities of his newly-acquired freedom.

“I really do feel a responsibility playing Elam Ferguson, who is an African American or black man of that time, and is really strong and intelligent and a leader,” Common told theGrio’s entertainment editor, Chris Witherspoon. “During the scenes where I get to speak up for Elam and black people I definitely feel like it’s necessary. It’s a statement for a human being to say “hey I wanna stand up for myself and I deserve to be respected the same way you do.”

Common also revealed during his interview that he is single, and described the type of mate he is looking for. “I just like a great woman, like meaning a woman that’s strong in her own way but allows a man to be a man,” Common said.

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