Lamar Richardson is the personification of “talented tenth.” He’s ivy-league educated; a member of the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for Black men and an extremely talented and dedicated actor. He also has a smile that’s infectious. To me he’s a wonderful ray of light that I’ve been blessed to work with. Like the character “Baby Boy,” Lamar brings purpose, hope and humor to everyone he meets. His journey may have started down bottom in North Carolina, but it’s surely destined for the stars.
I asked Lamar 15 questions so that you FAMERS can get to know the man behind “Baby Boy” a little better. But if you really want to see him shine…don’t forget to get your ticket for Slow Bullet, My Three Loves.
1. What intrigued you about Slow Bullet, My Three Loves and your character in particular?
I loved that the script tackles such deep, often unsung, material. I always long for a theater piece with a powerful message, and ‘Slow Bullet, My Three Loves’ spoke me in a special way. I especially connected with Baby Boy because I find myself serving a similar purpose in my own personal life.
2. If you could impart any words of advice to your character, what would you say?
The world is a better place because your spirit lives on and shines a bright light in many dark places. You’re truly a rainbow in the clouds.
3. Which actors/actresses influence you the most?
I am a big fan of Don Cheadle, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover, Forest Whitaker, and, of course, Denzel Washington.
4. If you could play any role, who would it be?
I would love to do someone’s biopic, similar to Jamie Foxx in ‘Ray.’
5. What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite play?
My favorite movie is ‘Ray,’ followed by ‘Hotel Rwanda.’ My favorite play would have to be one of August Wilson’s pieces. I’d say ‘Fences,’ but I love his body of work in general. I’m also a big fan of biopics.
6. Who is your superhero alter ego and why?
I’d have to say Spiderman because he’s so dynamic and versatile. I love his ability to jump from buildings and skyscrapers while saving the world.
7. What would your theme song be?
My theme song would definitely be ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey because I love its comforting message of hope.
8. If you were exiled to an island, what three items would you take with you?
I would take a mini-fridge, my cell phone, and a blanket.
9. What is your favorite season and why?
Summer is my favorite season because the sun is out and it’s a great time of the year for traveling and festivities.
10. What is your favorite accessory?
My Columbia University class ring because it was a gift from my mother.
11. If we lived in a clothes optional society, would you choose to wear clothes or go naked?
Depends on the temperature…lol!
12. What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure would have to be binge watching ‘Empire’ and ‘Power.’
13. What is your favorite dish?
Baked macaroni and cheese
14. If your friends and family could sum you up in one word, what would it be?
15. What are you most proud of?
Being the first Ivy League graduate in my family.