*It’s been nearly 20-years, but actor Bokeem Woodbine has still got that smoldering and indefinable quality that commands your attention immediately when he hits the screen.

I first met Bo more than15-years ago to interview him for his breakthrough role in “Jason’s Lyric” at the Carson, CA home of actor Forest Whitaker. At the time, I was surprised to discover that underneath all that bravado is a decent, well-informed and very well-trained actor who is deeply dedicated to his craft. Since, the brother has produced a body of work that has made him one of Hollywood’s most promising character actors.

I recently7 caught up with the 37-year old actor to talk about his latest role in M. Night Shyamalan’s   new film “Devil” opening on Friday, and this time I was not surprise to find that he is still one of the coolest cats around.

Robertson Treatment: Given the wide array of roles that you’ve played during your career, how would you describe yourself as an actor?

Bokeem Woodbine: Hardworking…. focused, committed…. Um… flexible and driven.

RT: What types of roles are you most attracted to as an actor?

BW: I like roles that bring the unexpected. Roles that may challenge the way people think about things and perceive things.  And I like roles that reflect a reality.

RT: So what attracted you to “Devil”?

BW: I was attracted to the reality of the situation.  Here you have five strangers who under normal circumstances would never speak with one another. But then something happens and you are forced to interact with them on a level that you normally would not have.

RT: What was it like working with M. Night Shyamalan?

BW: Working with Night was…a blessing because I’ve always been a fan of his style and the tone he sets and it defiantly exceeded my expectations as far as what the final result would be and I was proud to be a part of the whole adventure.

RT:  Did you have any concerns about playing a character that might be the Devil?

BW: No. No I have no concerns about that. A good roll is a good roll, it’s a dynamite story, it’s a really solid screenplay, put out by a dynamite studio, with dynamite actors and why would I have a problem with those factors in place.  I don’t worry about stuff like that I just stick to my business.

RT: What’s next for you?

BW: I have a film called “Little Murder” coming out staring Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard, myself, and Lake Bell.  I have a picture called “The Exodus of Charlie Wright coming out staring Aidan Quinn, Mario Van Peebles, Myself, Andy Garcia, and Gina.   Gershon”.  It should be an interesting project and I’m looking forward to seeing how that turns out.  I also have my band 13 Purple Dragons – You can google our first video “Head Down Hopes Up High”.

 

AUTOMOTIVE SPIN

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan

I was must admit that I didn’t know what to expect from the 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan. However, once behind the wheel of this ride, my concerns were very quickly put to rest as I became acquainted with its distinctive styling, roomy interior and highly durable spirit. This car put in the work and delivers the goods.

Wow Factor:  With its solid construction, the 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan immediately inspires driver confidence. The look and feel of this ride immediately lets you know that it’s not just a contender, but in fact, a leader in its vehicle class.

Ride: With a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that packs a 200-horsepower, the 2010 Tiguan demonstrates strong authority on the road, which is further bolstered by its friendly automatic transmission, solid steering and strong brakes. Don’t be confused by its size because the Tiguan does perform like one of the big boys.

Comfort: The Volkswagen Tiguan accommodated my 6ft plus frame perfectly, and in fact offered me great driver flexibility. Its controls were well placed and its ample cargo space was especially appealing for its capacity and convenience.

Spin Control:   Like a well-trained athlete, the 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan is built to support the needs of driver’s in its vehicle class. It’s a ride that is smart, efficient and practical that I suspect will keep its manufacturer very busy on the assembly line.

Grade: B

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