He also talked about the surreal experience of announcing the Superman/Batman movie at this past year’s Comic-Con, and his hopes that he’ll have some involvement in the film (he played General Swanwick in Man of Steel). I was done with the process, as far as I was concerned. Some of them looked like they were going to be great, and then they tanked. I am the spokesperson for the youth initiative of the National Organization of Black Law [Enforcement] Executives, so I frequently interface with FBI agents, CIA agents, ICE officers, and all kinds of people.
Somebody can say very general things like, “Be more charming. It makes the agency look better and it makes the United States safer because he’s helping us catch criminals. Do you think that Harold Cooper would like to get out in the field and out in the action, or is he find with other people taking care of that?Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in...Man of Steel, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, The Five Heartbeats, Love & Basketball, Ray, State of Play, Titus, The Human Stain, Guarding Tess, Stomp the Yard, Suspect Zero, Resurrecting the Champ, Mr.And then, Zack [Snyder] introduced me and the people understood what was coming.It was all in real time, and the audience was playing catch-up to the mysterious weight of this reading.You weren’t at Comic-Con for The Blacklist, but you were there this last year because of your involvement with the Superman franchise.What was it like to make the announcement about the Superman/Batman movie?Meanwhile the fate of Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) hangs in the balance as Red (James Spader) tries to bargain with Anslo Garrick (guest star Richie Coster). All they really have to do, if you want to see an example of my work, is to go to Google or You Tube. So, I just felt that I had come to the point where I wasn’t gonna take it anymore because my work is widely available, people seem to like it, and I’ve proven myself about a billion times, across a wide variety of genres. I take that as a divine sign or signal of, “You did it the right way. This kind of character is not someone viewers get to learn much of the backstory about.During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Harry Lennix (who plays FBI Agent Harold Cooper) talked about how he came to be a part of The Blacklist, how much fun it is to face off with actor James Spader, how much of Harold Cooper’s backstory he knows, deciding how he wanted to play this character, how he thinks Harold Cooper feels about Elizabeth Keen, and whether he’d like to get out in the field more. HARRY LENNIX: During pilot season, every year, if you’re an actor who’s lucky enough to have an agent, you get sent out a lot, and it’s kind of like the California Gold Rush. I’m not saying that I’m entitled to anything, but I’ve paid my dues, twice, and I didn’t want to pay them again. The next day, my manager called and said, “You might be on the plane in two days, to go to New York to shoot this pilot.” They made a quick decision. You were right to stand your ground, as it were.” I’ve been on a lot of shows. Did you have those talks, so that you would know that history yourself? I talked to John Eisendrath and Jon Bokenkamp, and we discussed who this man might be, and how that would fit in, to some extent, with my own background and my knowledge of the FBI and law enforcement, in general.I would play a street sweeper in that.” And then, to have actually been a part of that whole process, not in the writing of it, obviously, but through the casting and the reading of the script, was a great honor.I have some confidence that I’m gonna be in the next installment.