Maurice McRae on Emotional Drama of Still Here [Exclusive Interview]

Maurice McRae
Maurice McRae in Still Here

Maurice McRae acknowledges the timeliness of Still Here on the current events going on in America.

The volatile political climate of systemic police policies and Black Live Matters surely elevates the nature of Still Here on screen.

In his film, when a twelve-year-old Monique Watson disappears from home, her father, Michael Watson (McRae), refuses to give up even as the media and police make little effort in solving the case. The assignment lands in the hands of journalist Christian Baker (Johnny Whitworth), who at first pursues a false lead, turning the entire case upside down. Filled with guilt, Christian helps Michael in the search for his daughter, while facing resistance from the community, the police, and his publication.

The cast also includes Afton Williamson (Man on a Ledge, Banshee), Larry Pine (The Royal Tenenbaums), Jeremy Holm (House of Cards, Mr. Robot), and Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Deadpool 2). Vlad Feier wrote and directed the movie, which also marked his feature film directorial debut.

LRM Online exclusive spoke to actor Maurice McRae via Zoom last week. We talked about his career and landing Still Here as his first significant lead role in a feature film. Also, we discussed the timely subject for a movie that was in production years ago.

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McRae is a New York-based stage/screen actor whose work had been seen on-and-off Broadway, television, and independent films. His stage credits included Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (B’way-Studio 54), Spill (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Collapse (New York City Center), and Wild With Happy (The Public Theatre). He appeared in roles in various television series, including CBS’s Elementary, ABC’s 24, and HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness. He has a recurring role on the web series called Awkwardly. Other independent film credits included My Other Home and Nighthawks with Kevin Zegers.

Still Here currently plays in select theaters and be available on VOD starting September 4.

Watch the exclusive interview below and let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Blue Fox Entertainment

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