*Corey Hawkins is on a roll ever since “Straight Outta Compton” when he played Dr. Dre. His next big role is that of Eric Carter in “24: Legacy,” airing on Fox after the Superbowl.

His next big screen role is in “Kong: Skull Island.” I caught up with Corey at New York Comic Con and asked him if he felt any pressure following in the footsteps of Jack Bauer? “I wouldn’t do it if there wasn’t pressure,” he said, “if there wasn’t a challenge involved.

“But the challenge isn’t filling Kiefer’s [Sutherland] shoes or filling the old ‘24’ shoes. The challenge is telling this story and doing justice to Eric Carter because I think when you get in there and you see the complexities and the nuances you get it. When I read it, it just jumped off the page for me and I was just like, ‘yes!’ I do want He’s a full human being and there are tricky family dynamics as you will come to see. He’s totally different because he is Eric Carter.”

So, Corey, how does it feel to play a hero? “To be honest with you,” he explained, “I see it more as a responsibility.. When I read it, I saw that Eric in this show looks like America looks today. Eric doesn’t see himself as a hero. It’s just the Armed Forces, and they’re doing a job. They are patriots and he’s a patriot I think first and foremost.

 Corey Hawkins and Anna Diop in a 24: Legacy scene. ( John P Fleenor/FOX)

Corey Hawkins and Anna Diop in a ’24: Legacy’ scene. ( John P Fleenor/FOX)

In representing our Armed Forces and our military, I have to do justice to that because I have family members, friends and classmates who were in the military, who are in the military, who have been released from the military,  and are dealing with all of the things that that involves. So it’s Important to tell that story too. Also,  Eric is dealing with this in the midst of this crisis, you know.

Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]

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