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May 2005
Bokeem Woodbine News

Following His Role in the Hit Film “Ray,”
Actor Gears Up For Release of a Trio of Major Movies

May 9, 2005

Los Angeles- Having turned in a critically acclaimed performance as musician Fathead Newman in the Oscar-winning film Ray, Bokeem Woodbine will be on the big screen in no less than three films starting this fall.

Since entering acting 13 years ago, Bokeem has been a mainstay in feature films and television. To date, he has appeared in some 31 films including 3000 Miles to Graceland where he, Kurt Russell, and Kevin Costner played ex-cons dressed as Elvis impersonators who rob a casino, Dead Presidents where he portrayed a troubled Vietnam soldier; Spike Lee’s Crooklyn; Panther, Jason’s Lyric, and The Big Hit, among other notable roles. Bokeem has also appeared on numerous prime-time television series, such as “CSI: Miami,” “The Sopranos,” and “The X-Files,” just to name a few.

The Harlem-born, L.A-based actor breaks out first this fall in Edmond, a David Mamet film. In the film, based on the play of the same name, Bokeem stars as a prisoner alongside William H. Macy and Julia Stiles. In usual Mamet form, the story has been described as “stunning and disturbing” as it follows the exploits of a fortuneteller in New York City. “It is an incredible film. It pushes the edge,” says Woodbine, who can effortlessly jump from art-house roles to playing an action film hero.

Bokeem also stars in Day in the Life, a hip-hop gangster drama in which all the dialogue is in rhyme. Bokeem stars—and raps--alongside Omar Epps, Fredo Starr and rap artist Sticky Fingaz. 

The final of the trio, Blood of a Champion finds Bokeem playing an ex-con trying to make it in the boxing world and discovering it as brutal and corrupt as prison. In this film, he co-stars with Broadway actress/singer Deborah Cox.

Even with three films in the can this year, Bokeem isn’t satisfied. He is already working on yet another film. Currently, Bokeem is in on location in Thailand where he is filming an action feature film called The Fifth Commandment.

Bokeem has always been one of Hollywood’s steady players. Now he’s becoming one of Hollywood’s leading men.

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