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Anthony Anderson, co-star of the "King's Ransom" Movie!

Splitting sides with his turn as the foul-mouthed genius son of Jim Carrey in the Farrelly brothers' schizophrenic comedy Me, Myself and Irene (2000), it would probably come as no surprise that funnyman Anthony Anderson has been plugging away and refining his humorous persona since deciding on his path in life when he was merely four years old. Born on August 15th of 1970 in Los Angeles, California and raised in Compton, CA, Anderson started his acting career in television commercials at the age of five. Educated in a performing arts high school before earning a talent scholarship to Howard University, Anderson kept his talents fresh and upon graduation began to take small roles in television and film. With his career gaining steady momentum in 1996, Anderson played a recurring role on television's Hang Time, along with appearances in Showtime's Roger Corman-produced Alien Avengers. Keeping up work until frequent film roles began to take hold in 1999, Anderson would turn up that year in the Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy comedy Life, along with a role in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights. Frequently cracking good-natured jokes about his homeboy-makes-good saga, his friendly sense of humor has translated into warm and well-received roles in Big Mama's House (2000), Me, Myself and Irene, and See Spot Run (2001). With other roles in such action films as Romeo Must Die (2000) and Exit Wounds (2001), in addition to a role in the teen horror entry Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), Anderson has proven equally adept in multiple genres and styles, consistently providing notable performances even if the films that accompany those performances are ultimately forgettable. Anderson played the philandering husband of Jada Pinkett-Smith in Kingdom Come in 2001 and starred with Jerry O'Connell in the lost-in-the-outback comedy Down and Under the same year.

"I'm 5'11" and 272 pounds, but my weight shifts like those continental plates in the ocean."

At 18 months of age, Anthony Anderson made his stage debut in an amateur production of Bubbling Brown Sugar. At five, he sang "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener" in a TV commercial. He came to fame at 25, playing teenaged "Teddy Bear" on the Saturday morning sitcom Hang Time. He has since starred in a short-lived autobiographical sitcom, All About the Andersons, and had supporting roles in films including Romeo Must Die with Jet Li, Barbershop with Ice Cube, and Kangaroo Jack with Jerry O'Connell and a marsupial. In Me, Myself & Irene he played Jim Carrey's son, and in Scary Movie 3 he shot Simon Cowell.

When Anderson was a teenager, his stepfather literally put a padlock on the refrigerator, to keep Anderson and his friends from eating all the family's food.

In July 2004, while Anderson was filming Hustle and Flow in Tennessee, he was charged with aggravated rape. A passerby, hearing screams coming from Anderson's trailer, opened the door, and a naked woman ran out of his trailer. The woman claimed that Anderson assaulted her and took pictures of her while she was nude. Anderson issued a press release: “Anthony is a happily married family man who has never been accused of -- no less involved in -- anything remotely like this, and we are confident that when all the facts come out, he will be completely exonerated.” Three months later, the charges were dismissed. Another woman (identified only as "Jane Doe") has sued, alleging that she was raped by Anderson in September 2003, when she auditioned as an extra for his sitcom.

More fun stuff about Anthony Anderson

Father: Sterling Bowman (stepfather, owned a plus-size-women's wear store)

Mother: Doris Bowman ("career film extra", telephone operator)

Wife: Alvina Anderson (college sweetheart, m. 1995)

Daughter: Kyra Anderson (b. 1996)

Son: Nathan Anderson (b. 2000)

High School: Los Angeles County High School for The Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA (1989)
University: BA Fine Arts, Howard University (1993)

Rape Arrested in Memphis, TN (28-Jul-2004), matter dropped 07-Oct-2004

Currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children.

His photo double in Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) was actor Dwayne Winstead.

He co-starred in three movies with DMX: Romeo Must Die (2000), Exit Wounds (2001) and Cradle 2 the Grave (2003).

While filming the movie "Hustle & Flow" in Tennessee, was arrested and charged with rape, along with a member of the film's crew. [July 2004]


Anthony Anderson In 'The Departed' Talks

Anthony AndersonAnthony Anderson is in talks to join Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The feature is a remake of the Hong Kong film 'Infernal Affairs'. It is set in Boston, and revolves around a gangster (Damon), who infiltrates the police department, and a cop (DiCaprio), who infiltrates the gangs.

The two find out that a mole is in each organization and race to find each other's identity. Anderson will play a cop that has had close relations with both men and ends up in an emotional conflict.

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London: An Interview with Anthony Anderson

Suffering through a head cold Anthony Anderson bravely talked with blackfilm.com withstood an onslaught of questions about his mama, filming Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London and Donnie Hathaway.

GP: Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London is a great movie for the pre-teen set. Tell me about filming in London.

AA: London is definitely a great place. We filmed 6 days a week for three months. We didn't have much time to sightsee. We did have our Sundays off. In between takes, we walked around and got our own little tours because we had access to the sites that normal tourists didn't.

GP: Agent Cody Banks has a ton of cool gadgets. What gadgets did you want when you were a kid?

AA: In the back of comic books, I also wanted X-Ray glasses. They showed the guy looking at his hand but I wanted it to look at girls' skirts. I'm just going to be real with you. That and the hand buzzers.

GP: How do you select scripts? How do you shape your career?

AA: What attracts me to scripts is who is in the cast and who is directing. That's basically it. This is who I like and I want to do it. That's what it is all about in this business working with people on the next level. A-list directors and A-list talent. You look at the career of Tom Cruise. He's picked great actors and great directors to work opposite him. It's a perfect example of what you should do. And that's taken Cruise to that ìlevel.î Iëve worked with everybody on my level. I want to continue to step up a level now. Like I say I ëm making white money now. It isn't bad. It's fun. And the projects are getting better and the talent is changing as well.

GP: Which directors would you like to work with?

AA: Yeah, the big ones. Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, the top guys that make those top films. I've been fortunate to work with Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Those are a few just to name.

GP: Have you ever done stand-up?

AA: I've never really done stand-up . It's somewhat of a hidden passion of mine. But I'm not at that place yet to do stand-up. That is a world that I eventually want to dance in.

GP: Tell me about your upcoming projects.

AA: My next project is King's Ransom. It's my first lead role. Real excited about it. I own my own advertising company and am going through a divorce. I have a girlfriend. I come up with a plan to kidnap myself so I don't have to pay my wife alimony. My wife thinks that I'm going to do something so she comes up with a plan to kidnap me. The office worker who I passed over for a promotion decides to kidnap me to get back at me and all {these kidnappings} are planned for the same night. Right now we have Kellita Smith as my wife and Donald Faizon in the cast. Also, Jay Mohr as the token white guy.

GP: You have done film work. You have a tv show. Are you going to do theater?

AA: Eventually, I will come to Broadway. It has been a passion, dream of mine to be on the stage. If I had to pick, I can't. TV and film are so different. Broadway is acting at its core. Acting comes from theater. Acting is at its most pure. It's a scary place to be. But that's what I want. I do television now because I'm the creator of the show and producer of the show. I tell people after and before me that it's about that intellectual property. Not coming into an office 10-15 years from now saying I can play this man. I understand his anger and his angst. I make jokes about making white people money but it's not about the money. It's about power and control. In control of where you want to be. It's the only reason I came to television because I need to have that control.

GP: You've been mentioned in roles such as redoing Abbott and Costello. What roles are you interested in?

AA: Donnie Hathaway is the one I want to do. I think it's a story that needs to be told and hasn't been done before.

GP: Do you sing?

AA: I do sing. A friend of mine has the rights to a story for a couple more years. I ëll help him write it and produce it.

GP: How do you stay grounded?

AA: Lots of Cocaine!! Lotss of cocaine!! No, I'm too big to be taking something that speeds up my heart. No, my faith in God and my family. It's my job and not who I am.

GP: I know you are real close to your mother. My editor wants to know: What is the best Mother's Day gift that you have given your mother?

AA: My mama always has her hand out. I tell her to tally up what I gave her throughout the year and then I say Happy Mother's Day. No, I don't' know. My mother is not a gift kinda girl. She wants me to pay her bingo tab. I'm in the process of building a house for her. I'll call her and send her some flowers. She may say put $20 in the card and I say I got you.

GP: I saw her on the Jimmy Kimmel show with you and she's very funny. Is that where you got you humor from?

AA: Like the song says, I get it from my mama. I get it honestly. There's nothing else I could have done with a mother like that.

Anthony Anderson: Straight Outta Compton

Anthony Anderson was born and raised in the 'hood--Compton, California--the son of a poor sharecropper. "Make sure it starts with that," he says.

How was that, Anthony?

Indeed, this guy gets a laugh out of his homeboy-makes-good story. Especially when he's chillin' at parties where Wolfgang Puck is chef-ing, sharing Jack and Cokes with Bon Jovi, talking shop with Kevin Spacey and discussing a mutual friend with the big guy, Bill Clinton. "I'm just a little kid from Compton, having a conversation with the most powerful man in the world."
This summer the rags-to-riches story gets even better. Anderson, who's had a Saturday-morning stint on Hang Time and a guest spot as a transvestite on Ally McBeal, appears in Big Momma's House, Me, Myself & Irene and the upcoming Urban Legends: The Final Cut.

In Irene, he plays the illegitimate son of Charlie (Jim Carrey)--the product of an affair Charlie's bride had with a black midget Mensa member who drove them home from their wedding--which got us to wondering:

How did it feel calling Jim Carrey "Dad"? It was great; I had a ball. When I found out I could play Jim Carrey's son, I said to myself, "I've got to do this. The concept is so ridiculously funny."

What was his funniest moment? There's a scene where I speak German while we're flying a helicopter. This got written into the script during a reshoot. So, I get to the set, and they hand me my lines, and I'm like, "What the hell is this?"

I had to learn conversational German on the set. I had 45 minutes to learn it, and I couldn't write it on cue cards or stick it anywhere in the helicopter. That was the biggest laugh in the movie.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? I don't know what the hell you're talking about.

We've heard talk of a spinoff of his character from Me, Myself & Irene. What's the deal? Yeah, they're working on a script for the three brothers, and they're literally on page 10. It's going to take an unexpected twist, because the brothers can't cope in the real world--they're too damned smart.

Will he get typecast as the illegitimate son of a genius black dwarf? I wouldn't mind a franchise. The characters are fun, and I had a ball, especially with Jim.
What's Jim like on the set? Jim finished two weeks before I did. Every Friday night he would do something for the crew for working so hard that week.

So, the weekend he left, he rented a yacht and had a couple members of Cirque du Soleil performing on the top deck, a tango team on the middle deck teaching us to tango and a deejay on the lower deck spinning records.

After Cirque du Soleil's last performance, the next thing I know Jim is swimming in the water, and then Renée pops up out there. My buddy jumped in screaming, "See you in the water!" So, I had to do it and dove in from the top level.

Then, Jim's stunt man is diving naked from the tip of the boat and it becomes a nudefest in the water. That was Jim's going-away present to us, chillin' in the water, naked asses flying by.

Was it obvious to everyone on the set that Jim and Renée were going to hook up? They tried to lie and cover it up, but I saw the trailer rocking. [Laughs.]

No, I thought something was going on, but I was caught up in my work. Then as soon as we wrapped, they were together. So, my spider senses were correct.

He's turning 30 soon. Is he where he thought he'd be? Yeah, I am. I think I'm beyond where I thought I might be. I wanted a million dollars in the bank, and I'm a little short--so I have to work on that. I'm about $850,000 short. [Laughs.] Send money, Mom--anybody, I'm startin' a collection!

Anthony Anderson: Kangaroo Jack

Los Angeles-born actor Anthony Anderson has stolen the show as larger-than-life characters in films as diverse as "Me, Myself & Irene", "Urban Legends 2", and "Barbershop". Now he's pursuing a marsupial who's stolen his money, in kids' pic "Kangaroo Jack".

How do you feel that the kangaroo got his picture on the poster for "Kangaroo Jack", not you?

You know what? That's OK. He didn't get paid for the movie. He can have the poster because they fed him oats and I got a paycheck.I didn't know that was going to happen - this was my first starring role and on top of that, it's a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, so I know it's going to be huge. And so I'm telling my friends. I'm telling my Mama. And then it's like, "Where am I? I see a kangaroo. But where's my picture?!"

What's the best thing about working with Jerry O'Connell and having the buddy-buddy thing going on?

The best thing was the chemistry between the two of us. We met once before, a year before this project had come about, and just in passing we talked about how we had mutual respect for each other. And then the day of the audition, it was like synergy and we just meshed together so well and just had a lot of fun. That's what made it fun for me.

Did you ad lib during filming?

When we started this movie, my character had no dialogue. I created all of the dialogue [Laughs]. No! No! They gave us the freedom as actors to do what we wanted to do and to have fun with it. More often than not, that's normally the take they went with - what Jerry and I came up with individually and collectively. So yeah, they allowed us to have fun.

What about working with the animals? Obviously there was CGI used for the kangaroo, but you must have had some close contact with real animals for this?

We were up close with all the animals - kangaroos, camels, emus, the dingos. They're like children. They're unpredictable. But they're cute, and it was fun.

You got to work with Christopher Walken. How is your Christopher Walken impression?

Horrible. It's just horrible. Jerry [O'Connell] does a much better impression.

Does Walken get fed up with people doing impressions of him?

Only when they sound like me! But Jerry has the best Christopher Walken impression around!


Anthony Anderson Talks About "Cradle 2 the Grave" and "Kangaroo Jack"

Anthony Anderson's been very busy. With starring roles in the 2003 movies, "Kangaroo Jack," "Cradle 2 the Grave," "Malibu's Most Wanted" and "My Baby's Mama," and the late-2002 movie, "Barbershop," Anderson's piling on the film credits and emerging from 'guy number 3' roles into leading man (or at the least co-leading man) status.

In this exclusive interview with the hard-working actor, Anderson talks about all of his upcoming projects, shares his thoughts on rappers who turn to acting, and names the one film that holds a special place in his heart:


What's your role in "Cradle 2 the Crave?" Are you teamed up with DMX?
Yes. Me, DMX, Gabrielle Union and Drag-On are a group of high-tech diamond thieves. We pull this heist off and we take what we think are black diamonds but in actuality they're actually plutonium. They were smuggled into the country to sell on the black market to start a small war. They find out that we have them so they kidnap DMX's daughter so we have to barter with them and exchange his daughter for the plutonium. That's the story.

I'm a little bit tame in this one. I provide a little comic relief in it but it's not what people are normally used to seeing me do. It's sort of an action flick and you can't be that funny trying to steal diamonds.

Do you get in on any of the fight scenes?
At the end. I can honestly say I do not get my ass kicked in this film. For the first time in a long time, I do not get my ass kicked. Tom Arnold and I, we have a huge firefight scene on top of a German tank. I get to shoot 50 caliber rounds. We shoot a helicopter out of the sky. That's the only fight that I'm in - no fisticuffs. My fighting in this movie is all with semi-automatic weapons and grenades.

You've worked with DMX and Jet Li before.
Me and DMX - this is our third movie. This is our second movie with Jet Li. "Romeo Must Die" and "Exit Wounds" and "Cradle 2 the Grave" are with DMX and myself. "Romeo Must Die" and "Cradle 2 the Grave" are me and Jet Li.

You apparently like to work with Jet Li and DMX. What is it about those two?
I do. It's the combination that's been a winning combination for three films now. We enjoy each other's company. We have a lot of fun and we all have a friendship now so it's good.

With "Cradle 2 the Grave" being such an action movie, was there any opportunity to play loose with the script?
There is. This is the third time that I've worked with this director, Andrzej Bartkowiak. Andrzej's thing is that he's not an actor's director. Some actors need direction, some actors need to be told what to do, and that's what I mean by him not being an actor's director. Andrzej would come to me and say, "Anthony, baby, oh Anthony, you are going to look beautiful on screen. I've got the camera right in your face. You are going to look good 60 feet in the air. Just do what you do." Andrzej would just come to me and it was like, "Just be you. Do 'you' and have fun." And that's how we worked on three films.

"Romeo Must Die" was the first film that I did where I was ever able to just be free as an actor. And my choices were never wrong. They just allowed me that freedom, and Andrzej was the director who did that. That spilled over into "Exit Wounds" and of course that's exactly what they wanted in "Cradle 2 the Grave."

Does working with Bartkowiak give you a level of comfort you don't have with other directors?
I'm not going to say it gives me a level that I don't have with other directors but it's a freedom that you won't be able to get with every director that you work with.

What's your opinion about rappers who turn to acting? Some actors aren't too keen on rappers acting.
You take the quote from Sam Jackson about how he'll never work with a rapper and I can understand where he's coming from because he says rappers can't act, but you know, I've worked with some actors who can't act, as well. If they respect the craft and what we're doing and they bring something to the table and they work hard, I don't care what you do as your side job or as your day job. As long as you respect what I'm doing, then I appreciate that.

I understand what Hollywood is trying to bank on with them as entertainers or rappers or whatever. I understand how they are trying to put audiences in the seats by having them in the movies, but some of these guys… I've worked with Ice Cube, I think he's an immensely talented rapper and actor. You look at the flipside, you can say what you want to about a rapper in a movie but look at what Ice Cube has done. Ice Cube has created more opportunities for other actors to get jobs in this business than some actors have. If you respect the art and you have some talent about you, I'm on your team.

When "Kangaroo Jack" was released back in January, did you think it would open as big as it did?
I did. I thought it was going to open big. I didn't know how we were going to fare against my buddy's movie, "National Security." But it's a different kind of movie. I didn't know how big it was going to open but I can tell you this, I was hoping for it to be the #1 movie. I was hoping for that - and that's what I got.

I hear you're not a huge fan of camels. How difficult were they to work with?
The temperament of a camel and the smell of a camel's ass… A camel smells like hot fermented ass in the desert. They have the fastest digestive system known to man, or animal for that matter. You'd think they'd eat hay and grass, but I think they're on a solid diet of nothing but Mexican food and refried beans.

Were you allowed to do a lot of improv on "Kangaroo Jack?"
We were. They gave us the freedom just to play and to have fun. More often than not, that was the stuff they used for the movie. Do you think that they can write dialogue like that? That is strictly organic.

I got a note from [producer Jerry] Bruckheimer himself. He sent one of his producer's over to me and it was like, "Anthony, every scene that you do that's non-scripted we love and we're using it in the film, so could you do more, please?" That was a direct quote.

Do you think it was the right decision to go back in and add more CGI kangaroo scenes?
I do. I think that only helped the movie. It's a PG movie, we were appealing to that family-oriented audience. I think it was a great move for them to do that. I think that's what helped propel this movie to #1 opening weekend. I think that's what this was all about.

I heard you and Jerry O'Connell were a little upset that the poster for the movie featured the kangaroo, and not either of you.
Oh yeah. That damned kangaroo gets all the love (laughing). How are you going to have the number one movie in America, and you're not on the poster? We had no idea that that's how that was going to be. I'm thumbing through a magazine one day and I see "Kangaroo Jack" - and I see that's how it is, that's how it's going to be. It's all about the kangaroo.

But that's okay. When people go in there, they realize that the kangaroo did not propel this to number one - Jerry and myself propelled this to number one.

And you've also got "Malibu's Most Wanted" coming up. You and Taye Diggs both play actors playing gangsters. How does that work?
Jamie Kennedy's character is this white rapper who thinks he's from the 'hood. His father is Ryan O'Neal. He's running for office and Jamie's a distraction to his campaign because he rolls up in the Escalade, sitting on .22s and blasting hip-hop music. He has his hoochies with him and all that. So his press secretary, played by Blair Underwood, gets this idea to scare the 'black' out of Jamie Kennedy's character. They hire these two actors that they had play in his PSA - Taye Diggs and myself. We're these classically trained actors from Juilliard, and he hires us to play 'street.' We don't know anything about the street; the closest to the street that I've come is my cousin who works at the mall down in the hood. We enlist her help and we get caught up with real gangsters. In the process, Jamie Kennedy's character is on to us. He gets hip to the trick that we're playing on him. When we get caught up with these real gangsters he thinks this is still part of our plan, not knowing this is real.

What's it like working with Jamie Kennedy?
He's crazy. I'm a fan of his television show so that's why when they told me there's a part in this movie, I jumped at the chance to do it. We had a lot of fun. He's a very talented individual.

You also star in "My Baby's Mama."
That's Eddie Griffin, myself, and Michael Imperioli. It's the story of three childhood friends who are still living together as adults and they just happen to get their girlfriends pregnant at the same time. It's just really about the relationships between these three men and their three women and how it's affected because they're all becoming fathers. It's like "3 Men and a Baby" times three.

Eddie Griffin wrote the script and stars with you in the film. Is it difficult to change lines when you're working with the writer?
Not at all.

He lets you improv and doesn't care that those are his words that you're changing?
No, it's wild because Eddie understands the process as a comedian. They've been living with this material for so long that they like a fresh take on it. Whereas writer/directors, this is their baby. I've worked with them before and they are like, "No. You have to say this exactly how this is written." So that's how it is. You don't hire a talent like myself or a talent like Eddie Griffin and not expect them to bring what they bring to these characters, into these roles. Eddie encouraged it. He encouraged us all to have fun and to do what we do. That was no problem at all.

With all these films opening in 2003, is there one that's really your baby?
"Kangaroo Jack." Out of the 16 movies that I've made, three have yet to be released, seven of those have opened at #1 at the box office. "Kangaroo Jack" is the first movie that I've been in where I was the star, or co-star, so this is my baby. This is the one that holds special meaning to me. I can say I was associated with the success of those other films that debuted at #1, I was in it as number 3 guy or number 4 guy, but this one you can directly attribute to me. So this is the one that I favor. We all have children and we'd like to say that we love them all the same, but we know that there's one that we like a little bit more than the other. This is my baby that I love a little bit more than the other.

Anthony Anderson, the black Robin Williams? Maybe..

"You were either made a ward of the court, on parole or dead at 21 if you grew up in Compton, Los Angeles"

(Anthony Anderson on his hometown.)

The small inner city of Compton, Los Angeles and Anthony Anderson, are now worlds away. Dividing them these days is Hollywood, and a lifestyle that offers Anderson's family opportunity, which in turn, gives his children a positive and promising outlook on their futures. Something Anderson no doubt wishes for all of Compton's disillusioned kids.

The last couple of years has seen Anderson performing alongside big star casts in 'Romeo Must Die', 'Urban Legends', 'Me, myself and Irene' and 'See Spot Run.' To name just a few, of the 'Hollywood belt notches' that Anderson can boast. More recently working with stage icons, Steven Segal and DMX in the new action blockbuster Exit Wounds, has certainly placed Anderson in the spotlight. But fame has by no means jaded, this big guys heart. Refusing to conveniently forget the violence and crime in which the kids in his hometown are exposed to daily. Anthony still takes time out of an incredibly hectic schedule to visit his old school, so as to inspire kids who may have stopped believing in themselves. He is the first to admit that the good stuff in life is there no matter your background. His message to these kids, you can rise above your environment to achieve; "set your heights more than what you see around you, see beyond...." Anthony passionately remarks.

Well all that 'heart' certainly makes him an irresistibly cheeky character; that by the way, is in both the literal and physical sense; which is just as well, Anthony's specialty is often dishing out raw; untamed by directors, kinda humour.

Like a locomotive picking up speed, as is, Andersons career. Right now shooting flicks with boulevard engraved actors, Whoopi Goldeberg, Eddie Murphy and Jim Carey, you might say Anthony is on a 'Hollywood roll'. Providing the actors and writers strike doesn't interfere with his big plans. Anderson is patiently awaiting the 'stand out' script, the one that will allow for a smooth transition, from comedian to a suitably earnest character that will highlight his diverse acting talents. Not unlike, Robyn Williams transition from Mork (Mork & Mindy) to conquering that remarkable role, in Dead Poets Society which gave him undeniable silver screen credibility.

Anderson rates Tom Hanks and Williams as a big inspiration over the years, "I always say I'm gonna be the black Robin Williams! When he made that change, with Dead Poets, that's where it turned around for him, when people started to see what else he had to offer."

Exit Wounds producer Dan Cracchiolo describes this film as harkening back to the "edgy, gritty, cop pictures like 'Dirty Harry' and 'Serpico,' those great 70 movies that were for our generation what westerns were to earlier generations.

Anderson's road to fame and fortune is straight from the 'real' dream machine. Training for the past 21 years, which included a scholarship to attend the school for performing arts in Los Angeles. His true calling came though, after feeling overwhelmingly inspired by his mother's performance in a local amateur play at the age of nine. (Well, he knew that if he couldn't make the Dallas Cowboys, acting was to be his destiny!)

Currently 'Down Under', to film the comedy adventure, 'Down and Under,' due to be released in Australia next year. Anthony is working and playing hard, and has fallen pray to a long list, of 'must do' Sydney clubs, including Gas, Mocca, Q-bar, Soho and too many more to mention! Mischievously defending his actions and insists he is simply stocking up on nightlife for that dusty, dry trip ahead to Alice and Coober Pedy to film 'Down and Under'. Which by the way is a far cry from the streets of Detroit, where the scene for Australia's next box office smash 'Exit Wounds' was set.

Exit wounds, sees Andersons playing an, 'everybody's buddy type', but not Segals. "I've gotten my butt kicked by the best. Jet Ly beat me up the best, but Steven Segal can still kick a good butt. It's a different kind of kicking, though," jokes Anderson of one of his more enduring Exit Wound scenes.

Throughout Exit Wounds, Anderson obviously enjoys the poetic licence to 'show off big time', in a surprise conclusion for the audience, Tom Arnold and Anderson let loose on a verbal slanging spree, which is a real crowd pleaser. According to Anderson, director Andrzej Bart Kowiak told Arnold and Anderson, "There's 29 minutes of tape left, go for it!" This could arguably be one of the films highlights, aside from Anderson's quick witted, 'Issac, from the Loveboat crack' that is, listen out for it.

Another fond memory amongst many on this set that springs to Andersons mind is DMX tearing up the town in the jaw dropping 'Ferrari Diablo' which features predominantly in the film. "DMX is crazy! We weren't attached to a picture car, so we were weaving through the streets and DMX actually floored it, off set just for a little fun..."

Asked what advice he would offer anybody wanting to short track, their own road to success? Anderson replied "Be ready for when your time comes, you will have that window of opportunity, so seize the moment and capitalise on it." 'Seize the moment?' maybe he is gonna be the black Robin Williams, or was that seize the day? Either way, Anderson, obviously a man who practices what he preaches, hence the reason he finds himself firmly entrenched in the 'dog eat dog' Hollywood game.

Rape Charges Against Anderson Dismissed

Barbershop star Anthony Anderson is now completely free of his legal woes, after Tennessee prosecutors decided not to pursue rape charges against him. The 34-year-old actor, along with film director Wayne Witherspoon, 43, stood accused of attacking a 25-year-old female extra last summer on the set of the Sundance Film Festival success Hustle & Flow. But a judge threw out the case in the autumn, saying testimony by the accuser was some of the most suspicious he had heard in 20 years. The accuser's former boyfriend reportedly testified at a preliminary hearing that she told him that she was falsely making her claim to extract money from Anderson and Witherspoon. Prosecutor District Attorney General Bill Gibbons says his office has reviewed the case and decided not to seek a grand jury criminal indictment against Anderson and Witherspoon. He states, "At this point we do not feel we have a provable case," adding the accuser was notified by letter earlier this month.

Anderson Faced with Second Sexual Assault Charge

Kangaroo Jack star Anthony Anderson's troubles are starting to pile up - he's facing a sexual assault lawsuit only months after being charged with rape. The chubby actor was still reeling from the cancellation of his sitcom All About The Andersons in July when an extra on the set of his movie Hustle & Flow hit him with rape charges. And now Anderson and Warner Bros Television bosses have been named in a $900,000 suit by a woman who claims Anderson made suggestive comments, grabbed her genitalia and sexually assaulted her in his dressing room on the All About The Andersons set. A spokesman for the star, who celebrates his 10th wedding anniversary next year, is confident the actor will be "completely exonerated" when "all the facts come out".

Anthony Anderson Charged with Rape

Kangaroo Jack star Anthony Anderson has been arrested and charged with aggravated rape while shooting a movie. The 33-year-old actor was accused by an unidentified woman of luring her into a trailer on the Memphis, Tennessee, set of his latest film, Hustle And Flow, and sexually assaulting her with the film's assistant director, Wayne Witherspoon. Both men were charged yesterday, after being taken into custody by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. The alleged incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the Shelby County Correctional Center, a penal farm on the outskirts of Memphis, where filming was under way for the movie. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Shular says a passer-by heard screams coming from the trailer and opened the door. Shular says, "She ran out nude." Both suspects were released yesterday evening after posting a $20,000 bond each. Allan Mayer, spokesman for married father-of-two Anderson, says, "(Anthony) absolutely denies the heinous charges. Anthony is a happily married family man who has never been accused of - no less involved in - anything remotely like this, and we are confident that when all the facts come out, he will be completely exonerated." Mayer says it's unclear whether Anderson will return to work on the movie, but adds he will likely remain in the Memphis area for the time being.

Co-star Slams Estella Warren

Outsized actor Anthony Anderson has heaped scorn upon his Down And Under co-star Estella Warren - dismissing her as 'eye candy'. The Exit Wounds heavyweight has just finished five months' location filming in Australia for Down And Under, a mob comedy in which he stars with Estella and Jerry O'Connell. And Anderson was less than impressed by his encounter with the beautiful actress, who has also failed to impress film critics with her performance in Planet Of The Apes. He sneers, "Estella can't act. She can't act her way out of a paper bag and I'll say that! She is the eye candy in the movie." Down and Under, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is due out next spring.

















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