Google+

NFL Great-Turned-Filmmaker Talks about His Directorial Debut

 

Simeon Rice

The “Unsullied” Interview

with Kam Williams

NFL Great-Turned-Filmmaker Talks about His Directorial Debut

Super Bowl Champion Simeon Rice is a four-time All-Pro and future Hall of Fame NFL player. Born on February 24, 1974, Simeon grew up in Roseland, Illinois, a small community on the South Side of Chicago. There, he attended Washington Elementary school, which is where he first discovered his talent for drawing.

Simeon Rice, The “Unsullied” Interview, Kam Williams

Photo: Arlen J.

Although Simeon loved art, football led him away from his growing fascination. So, he entered high school with his heart set on playing college football and forgoing his artistic background.

He received a football scholarship from the University of Illinois where he would become the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a three-time All-American.

After retiring from football, he enrolled at the New York Film Academy where he finished the short film, When I Was King.

Shortly thereafter, he co-founded Dreamline Pictures with writer/producer John Nodilo and sold his first show to HBO. Next, he turned his attention to making his directorial debut, Unsullied, an homage to the actions films that he loved watching as a child.

Simeon Rice, The “Unsullied” Interview, Kam Williams

Photoa: Arlen J

Kam Williams: Hi Simeon, thanks for the interview. Congrats on your All-Star and Super Bowl career, and thanks for all the years of great entertainment.

Simeon Rice: Thank you, Kam, for recognizing my body as it relates to me as a football player. Now, I will surely entertain you with my non-stop action hit Unsullied, debuting August 28.

KW: And congrats on having the ambition to embark on a second career, instead of retiring to rest on your laurels. What interested you in attending the New York Film Academy? Had you studied scriptwriting or filmmaking at the University of Illinois?

SR: What interested me in attending the New York Film Academy was the ability to be a storyteller and creator. No, I didn’t study any level of film or entertainment in undergrad.

KW: What inspired you to adapt Reagan Farrow’s harrowing tale of survival to the screen?

SR: Unsullied isn’t an adaption. It is an original piece in which all the events are completely created to build the story.

KW: How would you summarize the film in 25 words or less?

SR: Unsullied is about Reagan Farrow. On a way to a race, she is kidnapped by two psychos and thrust into a dangerous game of kill or be killed.

KW: Who’s your favorite director?

SR: I don’t have one favorite. However, some of my favorites are Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorese, Alfred Hitchcock and Antoine Fuqua.

KW: What is your favorite dish to cook?

SR: If I cook, I like to make lasagna.

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

SR: When I look in the mirror, I see a juggernaut.

KW: Who loved you unconditionally during your formative years?

SR: My parents loved me unconditionally growing up. I still live by their lessons: never half-do anything and keep God first.

KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory?

SR: My earliest childhood memory is when I choked on catfish bones and my father turned me upside-down, reached in my mouth and pulled the bones out of my throat. Yup, that was disgusting!

KW: What was your very first job?

SR: Working in the Museum of Science and Industry.

KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

SR: I wish my mom was alive and healthy.

KW: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share?

SR: I believe all successful people have a determined mind.

KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

SR: Believe that anything is possible, find your passion, and then follow your dreams.

KW: The Tavis Smiley question: How do you want to be remembered?

SR: I want to be remembered as a man of his word.

KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet?

SR: Several discount cards.

KW: Thanks again for the time, Simeon, and best of luck with Unsullied.

SR: Thanks for the love, Kam, and remind your readers that Unsullied opens in theaters on August 28th.

To see a trailer, for Unsullied, visit: https://vimeo.com/134121840

Entertainment

Top Ten DVD List for July 26, 2016

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for July 26, 2016                   Pioneers of African-American Cinema https://www.amazon.com/Pioneers-African-American-Cinema-Blu-ray/dp/B01EME1XLE?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20 Killer Creature Features: 50 Movie Collection https://www.amazon.com/Killer-Creature-Features-MegaPack-Digital/dp/B01DL6PBRG?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20 Icons of Comedy: 50 Movie … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Legendary Civil Rights Icon Reflects upon the Past as Prologue

  Joan Trumpauer Mulholland The “She Stood for Freedom” Interview with Kam Williams Legendary Civil Rights Icon Reflects upon the Past as Prologue Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a little girl in the 1950s. When she saw that black people were being treated differently from white people, she promised herself that she would do something to change that. As a teenager, she joined the Civil Rights Movement and protested the injustice she saw around her. During the 1960s, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

ART EXHIBITION: 150 Years After The Civil War

  Cynthia Groya 150 Years After The Civil War: A Contemporary Perspective January 10 - March 6, 2016 Artist's Reception: Sunday, January 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm Nassau Club 6 Mercer Street  Princeton, NJ 08540 The ideas reflected in Groya's paintings express a conversation about struggle for equal rights in our culture, in our time. The origin of this struggle can be traced to The Civil War in our country, which ended 150 years ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent from sales one year ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Remember the Rules of Protection “Under the Sun”

  Remember the Rules of Protection “Under the Sun” by Amy Lignor   We wait for the sun. In some spots—those locations that are rarely seen for more than a month without a ground covered in a blanket of snow—wait even longer. But now, as we stare at the maps on the weather stations across the country, the bright red colors are covering almost all of the United States. Although there are states like Arizona and New Mexico that can usually be seen with red or … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Summer Fun

  Summer Fun Enjoy a stress-free boating season by following these safety tips. By Capt. Gus Cane   School's out, the weather is warm, and summer is in full swing. That means it's prime time to be on the water fishing, enjoying water sports, camping and cruising on the nation's lakes, rivers, and coasts. Unfortunately, summer is also the time when most boating accidents occur. If you follow these simple tips from Yamaha Marine Group, though, risks are minimal, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Tiger Woods Opts Out of U.S. Open, Quicken Loans

  Tiger Woods Opts Out of U.S. Open, Quicken Loans By Burt Carey Tiger Woods isn’t ready to stage a comeback just yet. The 14-time major champion sent messages via Twitter and his website Tuesday that he would not be competing at either the U.S. Open at Oakmont next week or the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans tournament the following week. "While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year's U.S. Open and the Quicken … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Creating “Buzz” For Your Brands

  Calling All Entrepreneurs: Creating “Buzz” For Your Brands by Amy Lignor   This is 2016. This is an election year. “Shark Tank” is a top show on television. And more than ever people want to be entrepreneurs; be in business for themselves and make some money. But even after all this time in the computer-age, entrepreneurs are finding it difficult to see the ‘niches’ they can get into to build their brand so that all consumers know who they are and why their … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Inexpensive Dream Vacations to be Found in “America the Beautiful”

Inexpensive Dream Vacations to be Found in “America the Beautiful” by Amy Lignor Say “dream vacation” and 80% of American’s minds journey to those ritzy areas, like Paris or Athens…they dream of touring the castles of London or dive into the magical history and culture of Ireland. But very few ever get the fact or remember, perhaps, that America the Beautiful is called that for a reason. There are a slew of perfect vacation spots in the good, old U.S. of A. that offer … [Read More its Good for You...]

Google+