SURROGATES has become Boris Kodjoe’s latest film project. Boris portrays character STONE alongside heavyweight actor Bruce Willis. The film (due out September 25th) basically goes into debate between machine and humanity sort like Will Smith’s blockbuster film, I Am Legend.
Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates. [plot summary via IMDB]
This film marks the first time Boris step out his romantic comedy/dram role as evident by Brown Sugar, Soul Food, Love & Basketball, and Madea’s Family Reunion, reports Black Voices. Boris spoke with BV about what attracted him to sign on to play Bruce’s on-screen boss.
What attracted you to this film?
Boris Kodjoe: If it’s not on the script, then it’s not on the screen. With this film, there was something I could be really involved with. We’re living in a time where technology has slowly taken over, not only the human workforce but human communication. It’s a dangerous prospect that interests me tremendously, because if we stop communicating, our relationships will break apart. That’s a very critical aspect of trying to get family structures back and get relationships back on point. The movie is set in a time like today, where we have technology that enables us to live vicariously through a robot , or surrogate. Having discussions with people who feel that a Blackberry and a cell phone and two-way pagers and video games aren’t a big deal, I think they’re tremendously disruptive when it comes to human interaction. That’s one of the reasons why I won’t let my kids play a bunch of video games. I need them to develop their own thought processes and fantasy, make up stories and draw pictures. I think it’s very timely.
You play a character who’s an FBI agent and happens to be Bruce Willis’ boss. How was working with him on this film?
BK: Bruce is great! He’s a tremendous actor, has many years doing this and he’s got it down pat. He knows his audience, he knows his tools and he’s a master at using them. It was great to just be in his presence and his energy and watch people interact with him, because everyone is so in awe of him. It was great. He’s a cool guy, fun dude, and we had a good time. [READ THE FULL INTERVIEW OVER AT BV VOICES]
Sound promising…I definitely got to go this film this weekend!