Beyond The Lens with director Charles Murray
Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Beyond The Lens with director Charles Murray

Charles Murray’s latest film The Devil You Know is currently in theaters. He stopped by Reviews & Dunn to chop it up.

Reviews & Dunn – What can you tell us about your new film, The Devil You Know?

Charles Murray – TDYK is an exploration of what a person, who’s going through a challenging situation, would do if they learned that a family member, who had helped them get better, was suddenly in a very dark place.

 

Reviews & Dunn – In addition to directing the film, you also wrote it. Did you always have Omar Epps in mind during the scripting stages for your lead?

Charles Murray – I did. I usually do not write with actors in mind, but this one was the first time I did, and that person was Omar. 

 

Reviews & Dunn – Recently, you served as executive producer for True Story. Did Kevin Hart surprise you with the places he took the character Kid?

Charles Murray- Actually, he did not. I have seen other performances of Kevin’s where I believed that there was a solid dramatic actor inside the guy, and I was lucky enough to be a part of showing that through the show. 

 

Reviews & Dunn – You were also a producer on Netflix’s Luke Cage. Was that a comic that you read growing up?

Charles Murray – It was not. I was a Batman/ X-men guy. Being unfamiliar with the character worked out for me because it allowed me to come to the show with a fresh perspective. I did not have to rethink anything I would have thought about the original character. He was a wise cracking’ hard ass that we rounded out into a gentle soul who was given powers he did not want. That was interesting to me. 

 

Reviews & Dunn – 2013’s Things Never Said was your feature-directing debut. Where do you think the characters of Curtis and Kalindra are in 2022?

Charles Murray – I think they have gone their separate ways. They needed each other to evolve, but I do not think they really knew each other internally. Like real life, sometimes the people who helped you weather the storm eventually become distant strangers. 

 

Reviews & Dunn – Was there a particular film you saw as a child that made you want to pursue a career in the film industry?

Charles Murray – Many. Singing in the Rain, James Cagney gangster movies, Cooley High, anything with Bruce Lee. 

 

Reviews & Dunn – You have worked with the talented Michael Beach numerous times. Do you two plan to do a project with Mr. Beach as the lead?

Charles Murray – I really, really want to. I love Michael as a man, and he is one of my favorite actors of all time. So, if I get my way, yes. 

 

Reviews & Dunn – I am a massive fan of musical biopics. With an unlimited budget and access to the entire catalog, is there a particular artist’s story you would love to tell on screen?

Charles Murray – I love musicals. Love them. I recently wrote the Sammy Davis, Jr. movie. And I’m hoping it ends up on the big screen. 

 

Reviews & Dunn – What advice can you offer aspiring directors and writers?

Charles Murray – Never stop studying your craft. And always hope you are better when you finish a project than when you began it. There’s no shame in recognizing you are always a work in progress. I made a short that I showed to a director I respected. When we were done watching it, he asked me, “Do you see where the mistakes are?” and I told him I did. 

 

Reviews & Dunn – Is there anything you would like to add, and where can fans find you on social media?

Charles Murray – Movies and TV are great, but never forget the joy of a good book! I can be found on Twitter at @Chiefrocka77 and IG at @charlesmurray_filmtv

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