Courtney B. Vance talks about new film “The Divide”

Courtney B. Vance is known best for his role of Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”.  Last year Courtney co-star in a the horror film, “Final Destination 5” and recently appeared in the new post apocalyptic thriller “The Divide”.  Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Courtney about his role in the new film “The Divide”.

Mike Gencarelli: Can you tell us how you got involved with “The Divide”?
Courtney B. Vance: I read the script and initially thought it was a little darker than I tend to like. I wanted the chance to work with Xavier Gens as I loved his film “Hitman”. I wanted to see what he was going to do with this. We were in one room for about 28 days. We got to know each other really well.

MG: What did you like most about playing the Delvin character?
CV: What I liked most was that this was a true ensemble. If something didn’t quite work we could take the time to make it work a little better. Xavier (Gens)’ English is not always the best so we sometimes had to slow it down a little bit to get a better understanding of what he was saying. A lot of times after we got into things it turned out better than even he thought it would.

MG: Where was the film shot? It seemed pretty intense.
CV: We shot on a set in Winnipeg. Everything was on one little sound stage. Things were very contained.

MG: What do you like most about working in the horror genre after last year’s “Final Destination 5”?
CV: It’s new to me. I have never really worked in it before. The directors are new to me. The two I have worked with thus far are top drawer. It was great getting to know them.

MG: What do you generally look for in role when approaching a project?
CV: I like when there is an arc. I also like when there is something a character does that affects an outcome. I like when a character is more than just window dressing. I like a role to be involved.

MG: What do you like about working in both television and film?
CV: It’s the people. Most of the films I am a part of I am just glad to be a part of it. If the people are great then you have the potential for doing something wonderful. If the people are good which most of them are and the script is tight its fun for us.

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