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Behind Closed Doors with Manny McCord



Movie Marker Magazine went behind closed doors with actor Manny McCord to chat about his latest movie ‘Gigi and Nate’ out on HULU. 

Congratulations on your latest movie role. What can you tell us about the movie?

The movie ‘GiGi and Nate’ is about a young man’s life that is turned upside down after he is left a quadriplegic. Moving forward seems near impossible until he meets his unlikely service animal, Gigi – a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. I play the role of Army Sergeant, opposite Jim Belushi. I can’t give too much away, you’ll need to check it out on Hulu.

What is your creative process when preparing for a role?

When preparing for a role I try to understand the tone and essence of the show/film. Then I try to see where my character fits into the story. After I gather an understanding of that I start studying the lines. From there I create a back-story for the character to give the lines and behavior meaning.

What makes a good filming environment for you?

Every film set and story is so different and unique. But when you can find good people who are creative, passionate, and really love the work it’s great and it shows in the work.

Has there been one particular moment in your career that you’re most proud of?

As an actor, there’s so much out of our control. We’re a piece to a huge puzzle waiting to get picked up and put in the right spot. So, I’d say what I’m most proud of is making the decision to utilize my resources to create my own films, which led to an acting reel, and eventually to auditions and bookings. It all takes time, with no guarantee, but I believed in it when it seemed too big to accomplish, and it forced me to learn about the rest of the puzzle.

What’s been the pros and cons of pursuing your acting career?

Sheesh… Loaded question. Pro’s is the freedom and love of chasing a dream and not accepting the norm of society or living just to live. The cons are zero money. Many people think if you’re an actor you make good money. In reality, it’s only a small percentage of actors who make a living just from acting. Most of us are juggling 4-5 jobs, doing God knows what, trying to make enough to pay bills, attend class, and eat. It’s a grind and you really have to be passionate about the craft and the process.

Who are your acting influences growing up that helped to mold you into who you are today?

Growing up I loved watching movies with my dad. Whatever he liked, I liked. I remember watching Heath Ledger in the Knights Tale and Russell Crowe in the Gladiator, all the time growing up because those were his favorite movies. I think both of those films have played a tremendous part in who I am and the movies that excite me today.

What’s up next for you?

I have some exciting news about an upcoming project that I’ll be able to share soon. And of course, I’ll continue creating my own projects until I’m blessed enough to book another role.

How can people follow you on social media?

People can follow me on IMDb and Instagram

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