You might not know his name, but if you’ve been watching any movies this summer you’ll probably recognize actor James Moses Black.
In the past 2 months, this busy character actor has appeared alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest, including David Spade in the comedy sequel “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser.” Then, he shifted gears working with Charlize Theron in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) novel, “Dark Places.” Staying in the drama realm, James delivered some bad news to Peter Fonda and Nicholas Cage in “The Runner” before heading back to the comedy spectrum for the stoner action-comedy “American Ultra,” opening today.
And these are only his current films!
James Moses Black reveals more about working on all of these projects in this recent interview.
Give us an overview of your roles in comedy “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser”.
JAMES MOSES BLACK: In JD2 I played the Bubba Gump look-a-like. That lovable character from “Forest Gump” is now weirdly confused by the appearance of a guy with a mullet (David Spade). The director Fred Wolf thought it was one of the funniest scenes in the movie.
What was it like reinterpreting such a beloved character as ‘Bubba Gump’?
JMB: The reinterpretation of the movie was slightly off. It was as far from the ‘life is a box of chocolates’ as you could possibly get. It was more like life is a bowl Count Chocula without the milk.
You also appear in the mystery drama “Dark Places” starring Charlize Theron – tell us about that role.
JMB: In “Dark Places,” I play one of the members of the ‘Kill Club solvers’ whose primary interest was to investigate suspicious murders that we thought had put innocent people away in prison. I thought that the truth was obscured by circumstantial perceptions.
Did you do anything specific to prepare for this role?
JMB: Sometimes my preparation is all about allowing myself to listen to the other actor and letting their truth dictate my belief. In this case, when Charlize’s character was invited to our club, I wanted her to acknowledge the inconsistencies so I could help her. She didn’t. So I was the only one in the room besides Nicholas Hoult’s character who believed that there was something really wrong with the case.
What can you tell us about your role opposite Nicholas Cage in the drama “The Runner”?
JMB: Nick Cage is following through on his ability to be a very talented actor in “The Runner.” I play Dr. Haleman who is Peter Fonda’s characters primary physician. Fonda is an alcoholic who has abused his system and the inevitable is approaching for both himself and Cage.
Any interesting stories from the set you can share?
JMB: You ever meet a Legend? While on set I met Peter Fonda. My mind instantly went back to Jack, Peter and Dennis.
And finally, audiences will see you in Lionsgate’s action-comedy “American Ultra” – what can you tell us about this one?
JMB: Have you ever gotten high and thought you were a super hero? “American Ultra” is that story. Drunk people only have limited imagination before they black out. If you’ve ever gotten high, you know there is an endless road of imagination that later on you get to say, “Was that real?”
With such a diverse body of work, it’s hard to tell — do you have a favorite genre?
JMB: My favorite genre is to play game of ‘Propensity and Imagination’. Imaginary circumstances allow me to get the place of propensity. There is no “REAL” outside the set consequences to what you’re doing while filming. Go all the way!!!
Over the years and many projects, what’s been the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
JMB: The best career advice I was given is to be brave. Let me see you. This was very challenging advice when early on I was convinced that they (Hollywood) wanted to see someone else.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
JMB: If you’re reading this, it’s too late. I’m convinced there is more coming. Stay tuned.
Thanks, James – we’re convinced you’ve got more to come, too!