February 21, 2024

ABOVE PHOTO: Marcus Scribner  (Picture courtesy: Marcus Scribner)

By Kharisma McIlwaine

Tens of millions of households welcomed Marcus Scribner into their properties as Junior (Andre Johnson Jr.) on the award-winning sitcom, “Black-ish.” After eight seasons of constructing folks giggle on the profitable present,Scribner takes on his first dramatic position as an actor and government producer of the movie “How I Discovered To Fly.” 

Written and directed by Movie Motion’s Simon Steuri, “How I Discovered To Fly” tells the story of two teen brothers Daniel (Scribner) and Eli (“This Is Us’” Lonnie Chavis) who’re out of the blue deserted by their mother and father. Compelled to attempt to make ends meet with little or no sources, the siblings battle to outlive with little or no meals, the looming risk of eviction and the uphill battle of therapeutic from the psychological and bodily abuse by the hands of their father. Daniel, the oldest, takes on the brunt of the accountability of caring for Eli and himself whereas working as a dishwasher. 

“How I Discovered To Fly” additionally stars Clifford “Methodology Man” Smith, Cedric the Entertainer, Michele Selene Ang and Crystal Bush. Scribner spoke with the SUN about his expertise of engaged on the movie and the significance of sharing this story of perseverance within the face of adversity. 

After studying the script and seeing a brief model of “How I Discovered To Fly” created by Simon Steuri, Scribner felt a direct connection to the story. 

“I simply form of clicked and resonated with this story,” he stated. “The director of our movie — his final title can be Steuri (pronounced ‘story’) — so I clicked and resonated with Simon’s story as effectively. I used to be in a position to meet up with him and talk about “How I Discovered To Fly,” talk about my character, and it was a success instantly. I resonated with the underdog story, with the rags to riches story and thought it was very fantastically achieved and written.” 

“Simon comes from a background of doing principally music movies, so I knew that he would hold our visuals on lock, have nice concepts for the soundtrack and have some cool enhancing tips up his sleeve,” Scribner continued. “I used to be simply excited general to be part of the challenge.” 

The position of Daniel in “How I Discovered To Fly” is a stark distinction between the comedic roles that Scribner has performed for almost all of his profession. He welcomed the problem of venturing into the drama style.

“It was a variety of enjoyable to flex that artistic muscle,” Scribner stated. “While you’ve been on a sitcom for therefore a few years, you understand your character just like the again of your hand. To have the ability to dive in and discover a brand new character, who’s vastly completely different than something I’ve achieved earlier than, who has lived by life experiences I’ve had the fortune of not having to expertise — it was an fascinating problem. It took a variety of focus, creativity and spending time on set working by issues to get into the thoughts of this character.”

Daniel is a superb instance of what can occur when an individual is set to not surrender… it doesn’t matter what. 

“Daniel is a fighter,” Scribner stated. “He’s been by the ringer. He’s positively had a tough go of it. His mother and father are not there, he’s making an attempt to help his brother, he’s homeless, he’s nonetheless making an attempt to pursue a better schooling and make issues proper for his household — all whereas dealing with insurmountable odds. I type of look to him for inspiration and energy when doing this. What does it appear like to don’t have anything however on the similar time really feel like you’ve every part proper in entrance of you on this single member of the family that you’ve got left? I couldn’t even think about that ache and damage. Attempting to deliver that to life was positively a problem, however I believe we laid all of it out on the road in “How I Discovered To Fly” and I’m very excited for folks to get to see it.”

The kinship between Daniel and Eli is fantastically crafted all through the movie, which mirrors the real-life friendship and respect Scribner and Chavis have for each other.

“It was lovely… I really like Lonnie,” Scribner stated. “He’s such a gifted actor. I used to be utilizing him as a sounding board for lots of our scenes. I used to be feeding off of his vitality — we have been feeding off of one another. I believe that’s what it takes to craft a slice of life for a phenomenal scene — to have one other actor you actually really feel you may belief, dive into the fabric with and immerse your self. Me and Lonnie frolicked a couple of instances earlier than we began filming. He’s only a actually clever child that you simply prefer to be round. He’s tremendous humorous and off the wall with vitality. I believe simply with the ability to feed off of his artistic vitality allowed these scenes to flourish and that relationship to bloom. The emotional connection and the kinship got here straightforward.”

Though Scribner loved his expertise enjoying the character Daniel, the heaviness of the fabric runs deep all through the movie. The abuse his character endured required deliberate efforts by Scribner to keep up his psychological well being whereas immersed within the position. 

“Clearly it’s necessary to mentally decompress, particularly throughout a few of the heavier filming days,” he stated. “There’s one scene I’ve with meth that was tough to be part of. The reminiscences, emotions and issues you must dig as much as conjure that type of emotion are issues that you simply don’t must cope with each day, and it wears [on] you emotionally. After a day like that, I needed to utterly wipe my mind clear and be, like, ‘That was not actual.’  At first, I used to be feeding off my very own life experiences, which labored to a sure extent, however once I was within the second, Cliff did such an awesome job of bringing his character to life that it took me without warning, and I used to be feeling Daniel’s ache and anguish in that second. It was very highly effective and it’s type of arduous to let go daily whenever you’re in the midst of that filming course of. It was a fast shoot, a couple of month. After that month, I used to be like I have to faucet out for a little bit bit.”

Though an excessive amount of “How I Discovered To Fly” pulls on the heartstrings, there is a vital message Scribner hopes audiences will take away from the movie.

“I need to harp on the truth that whereas “How I Discovered To Fly” could be very darkish, gritty and there’s a variety of hardships that these characters must face, it actually is a narrative of hope, and I believe we illustrate that very effectively,” he stated. “Their scenario, whereas it could appear hopeless, [demonstrates that] there are good folks on this world and there are folks reaching out to them, making an attempt to assist to uplift and create a neighborhood. I believe that’s what’s so lovely.”

To help Marcus Scribner, remember to observe him throughout social media platforms @MarcusScribner. “How I Discovered To Fly” opens in choose theaters in main markets on December 1.