Acclaimed actor Laurence Fishburne has played countless roles on both the big and small screens ranging from the happy-go-lucky Cowboy Curtis on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse to the mysterious Morpheus in The Matrix. From comedy to drama, there isn’t much Laurence can’t do on screen, making him one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood.
This morning, we had the pleasure of talking with Laurence about his latest project sending chills down audiences’ spines in the sci-fi thriller The Signal. But first, we had to talk about the many iconic roles he’s played to date.
Laurence got his big break when he was just 14 years old when he scored a part in Francis Ford Coppola’s war film Apocalypse Now.
“I auditioned when I was fourteen years old and I was lucky enough that when I lied about my age, they didn’t really believe me and they liked me enough to cast me,” he said on getting the part.
He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Ike Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It?, starred Boyz In The Hood, and of course, much of his fanbase knows him by his acclaimed role as Morpheus in the Matrix trilogy.
“People love the Matrix, I love the Matrix. I’m not the only one, evidently,” he laughed.
In addition to his long list of film credits, Laurence also made the crossover to the small screen starring in CBS’ hit crime drama CSI. On which he prefers, TV or film, Laurence says he doesn’t really have a preference of jobs saying “I like it all. As long as I get to act, I’m happy.”
So what made him decided to make the move to TV and take the popular role as Dr. Raymond Langston on CSI?
“I took that part because they offered it to me,” he laughed. “They said ‘hey you wanna do this?’ and I said ‘you bet your sweet banana I do!”
Now he’s making his way back into movies, with his latest sci-fi thriller The Signal in select theaters now. He explains the premise behind this new mind-bending thriller.
“I’m a doctor named Damon and there’s these three people who have been abducted by we don’t know what and they wake up in a government installation – sort of like an Area 51 place,” he explains. “And something’s really weird and they can’t figure it out so they try an escape.”
Laurence adds that when the three people figure out what’s happened, they learn that they’ve been “genetically altered” into something else and think Laurence’s character has something to do with it.
The Signal is in select theaters now. To hear more about the more, listen to our complete interview with Laurence Fishburne in the clip below: