Can we please focus on the fineness of this man here:
Laz Alonso is a little more than a breakthrough actor. He's actually been around for a minute. He's finally getting more of a variety of roles and more big screen films. I have to be honest, some of his past credits have included some rather D-List and straight-to-dvd/low-budget flicks.
BUT, let's first talk about his most popular works...my favorites, anyway:
Jarhead where he played Scout Sniper Escobar
This Christmas where he played Malcolm Moore, alongside Regina King
Stomp the Yard where he played Zeke, leader of the Mu's
Those are the important ones. As you can tell from his IMDB page , he's been in quite a bit of movies/shows. He first came on the scene in 2000 via BET (when it was relevant), hosting a couple of shows on there (NYLA & AM @ BET). Some of his other works include bit parts on shows such as CSI: Miami, NCIS, Bones, The Practice, Entourage and more.
He was in (Lord Help) Leprechaun: Back 2 the Hood (Rory)
I shouldn't even put this up here because it gets a serious "WTF", but this is from some movie called Bunnywhipped
So, his upcoming projects sound promising. He's starring in a Spike Lee Joint, Miracle at St. Anna which is a film based on four Black Buffalo Soldiers in the WWII. The movie is based on a novel by James McBride. The movie is set to be released sometime later this year--October or November.
He's also slated to be in a futuristic flick by James Cameron: Avatar which is scheduled to be released in December of 2009.
He's alongside some pretty big names in both of those. Another one to look foward to is The Fast & The Furious 4 with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriquez.
Though this was a horrible movie, he did get alot of facetime.
G had Richard T. Jones, Blair Underwood, Laz Alonso and Chenoa Maxwell...an unknown with a really short IMDB.com resume. It came out in 2005, but featured some very amatuerish acting by Jones, Underwood (a big WTF for him) AND Alonso. I delved into the center of Blockbuster--you know, the movies that nobody rents anymore-- to find G and now, it's being played on Showtime everytime I look up. I don't have Showtime, thank goodness. Jarhead gets alot of airtime on Cinemax, though, so I'm happier with that tradeoff.
This just in...another straight to DVD flick of his, Divine Intervention, was released today. I'd actually pick this up.
Yes, I will be picking that up today.
I won't get into some of the other films in his filmography, you can check out the
IMDB for that. Most of them hurt my soul, but hey, it's money and he's gotta get a start somewhere, right? Be sure to keep an eye out when you're seeing previews for the movies mentioned above (Avatar, Fast & Furious 4, Miracle at St. Anna). It appears that he's picking up more interesting and relevant roles (not the straight-to-dvd and typecast ones) and I'm sure he'll execute them well.