Neil Brown Jr. on His First Lead Role for Last Night in Rozzie [Exclusive Interview]

Neil Brown Jr. in Last Night in Rozzie

Neil Brown Jr. in Last Night in Rozzie

After years of playing supporting cast in notable film and television, actor Neil Brown Jr. landed his first lead role in the indie darling Last Night in Rozzie. And it’s a good fitting dramatic role.

He stars alongside Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), and Nicky Whelan (Knight of Cups). Sean Gannet directed the movie.

Here’s the official synopsis:

A tale of self-reflection and the importance of facing trauma, Last Night in Rozzie is a testament to the importance of confronting your past. Ronnie Russo (Neil Brown Jr.), a successful lawyer in New York, is summoned back to his old Boston neighborhood, Roslindale, by his childhood best friend Joey Donovan (Jeremy Sisto). Now on his deathbed, Joey has only one request for Ronnie—help him reunite with his ten-year-old son.

Sympathetic to Joey’s situation, Ronnie works to get closer to Joey’s estranged ex-wife Pattie (Nicky Whelan) to fulfill his friend’s dying wish. However, the more he learns about the man that Joey has become, the more he questions his mission. Returning to his hometown after 25 years, Ronnie is forced to reconcile his traumatic past rooted in the last night he and Joey spent together as kids and the repercussions that followed.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with Neil Brown Jr. on his first leading role and playing in this drama. Also, we discussed the chemistry he had with Jeremy Sisto and the rest of the cast.

Neil Brown Jr. is most recognizable on television, including in the series of The Walking Dead as Guillermo, leader of the Vatos, Felix on UPN’s South Beach, and Ray Perry currently on CBS’s SEAL Team. He played DJ Yella in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Other credits for him included films Battle: Los Angeles, Fast & Furious, and a recurring role on HBO comedy series Insecure.

Last Night in Rozzie is currently on VOD today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Neil Brown Jr. below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Gravitas Ventures

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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