Ray Fisher flew into New York [you do know Cyborg flies?] to make a pit stop while promoting “The Justice League.” To think an actor reflects his onscreen persona off is ludicrous. But if anyone had any doubts about that, Fisher’s warm, inviting manner lets you know the half-man, half-machine he plays is just that because he oozes captivating charisma.
Once a stage actor, Fisher has been catapulted to big screen super star status in the role of Cyborg. Not only has he attained #1 box office fame, but will star in his own franchise and already has an action figure in stores. In an exclusive interview with Fisher at the London hotel, there were no questions off limit.
Ok, Ray, let’s get straight to the point—
RAY FISHER: Bring it, please [Laughs].
We’re all waiting with bated breath for The Black Panther, so you know how we feel about our heroes. How important is it for Cyborg to be black?
For black people to see Cyborg and be able to relate to him is important. Cyborg was created in the 1980’s around the time when it was absolutely pivotal. I think this was at a time in the comics where they were talking very openly about what it meant to be a black man and Cyborg in particular. Victor Stone would talk about what it means to be a black man versus what it means to be half man, half machine.
In one of the most memorable comics that I’ve read from that original version of Cyborg was when he’s talking to one of his best friends Ron Evers who was very much—if Cyborg was Martin Luther King—Malcolm X in their approach to philosophy.
I also think it’s important for people who are disabled, amputees, people who are wear prosthetics, people who feel like outsiders, people who feel different because of their physical appearance can relate because Cyborg is the only character who can’t take off his uniform. He’s himself 24/7 through and through.
Do you relate in any way to Cyborg?
For sure. One big connection would be the relationship that Cyborg has with his father in this film. Cyborg’s father was around for him physically but was never around for him mentally or emotionally, which I think is a very interesting story to tell. Similarly, I was raised by my mother and grandmother. My father was never in the picture.
What do you want audiences to walk away with?
RF: I want people to walk away with the sense that no matter what the circumstances in your life, you can overcome them. Life may not be the same as it once was but that’s not to say that it won’t get better. If people can walk out just even feeling just a tiny bit of that, my job is accomplished. I’ve done what I set out to do.
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