Michael Ealy Talks 'Underworld 4,' Twitter and Starting His Own Family
1 year ago
The blue-eyed actor is set to play Detective Sebastian in the new 'Underworld'
It’s 8 a.m. It’s also way too early for Michael Ealy, but he needs to get up anyway to make his call time. He’s filming USA’s Common Law in New Orleans, his latest television stint where he plays Travis Marks, a cop who just can’t get along with his partner.
“Here’s the thing. The reason why it’s taking me so long to answer your questions is because I’m dead tired,” he admits.
Ealy has been busy. Not only did he just wrap “Think Like A Man,” an adaptation of Steve Harvey’s bestselling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man in Los Angeles, he’s also busy promoting “Underworld Awakening,” his first dip into the sci-fi/action pool. The first film in the franchise to be shot in 3D, Ealy plays Detective Sebastian who teams up with Selene (Kate Beckinsale) to make peace with warring vampires and lycans, an immortal species that has a lethal bite.
Loop 21 chats with Ealy, despite being tired, to find out about his experience filming action sequences although he’s scared of heights, what it felt like to act opposite Taraji P. Henson in “Think Like a Man,” and what day he will finally break down and join Twitter.
Loop 21: This was your first dip into sci-fi/action films as an actor. What have you learned about yourself as an actor playing Detective Sebastian?
Michael Ealy: Hmm, that’s interesting. That’s actually a very good question because I’ve played cops. I’ve played FBI agents. I’ve played law enforcement, FBI, CIA, detectives, but there’s something different about an immortal aspect. You know what I mean? Most law enforcement feel that they can pretty much catch any villain they can because they have the law. They have firearms. They have resources that help them with something mortal; that to me was the most interesting thing about jumping into this role. What is a detective to do against a vampire? The scene with Kate and myself where she, you know, basically has a gun to my head and I’m just like, ‘you don’t even need that, so clearly you’re not trying to kill me.’ It’s that simpleness of the enemy. The bad guy isn’t just some dug dealer or some bank robber. We’re talking about a creature that is immortal.
Loop 21: Did you do a lot of action sequences?