Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. Snoop Dogg has said that when he was growing up, you were
the coolest cat around. He says he still regards you as 'the man'.
I was wondering why you thought Huggy Bear had this cool persona
- even today?
A. As an actor, you try to draw from life, and from experience,
and the things that you see. You're hungry for knowledge. Some
of the best actors and artists are very generous people, and so
I take that generosity as an honour from Snoop. I didn't play
the role to be cool. I looked at it as a guy who was trying to
survive in a hostile world; a black man in America had to be a
certain kind of way in order to survive. Whatever it took for
Huggy Bear or Antonio Fargas to survive in America were part of
the things that I used. I had to find a walk, a rhythm.
Q. What did you most like about what the actors brought to
A. It's odd, but I always thought that, bearing in mind what
Paul was saying about being present, he just was present. He didn't
try to do anything but be as true to Huggy Bear as he could be,
and he did that.
Q. What's in your schedule?
A. I'm more hungry for knowledge as I go down the road. Time
is getting short, so watching my son and my grandchildren. I'm
just really hungry, cos of the political scene, this world is
really important to me; artistically, I go to class every Tuesday
night, and have a great time in acting class, going back to the
basics, meeting young actors, and enjoying life in general.
Q. When the old TV series ended, what was the one thing you
kept as a memento?
A. What did I keep, I kept on truckin! I wish I had kept some
of those clothes, and anything that wasn't nailed down! Memories,