Marcus Alexander is an actor who appears in the film, Jerry; here is a link to his Facebook page:
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: Honestly, as a child I loved watching the end credits of movies that showed bloopers. I saw how much fun the actors and crew had when they messed up and I wanted to be a part of that fun.
Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?
A: I would say that I ascribe to Stanislavski’s system of acting in which I pull from my own memory of emotions to portray a character genuinely from experience.
Q: What is Jerry about?
A: Jerry is about a guy who’s fed up with life and sees suicide as the only way out. He tries cutting his wrist but is unable to follow through with it and then gets mad that he can’t do it. He finally settles on taking a ton of pills. He ends up in a hospital and saved from his failed suicide attempt. His older brother picks him up from the hospital and takes him home. His brother is shocked that Jerry would try to take his life and stays at Jerry’s house for a while to make sure his little brother is okay and in good spirits.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I play the main character Jerry.
Q: What life experiences did you draw from when preparing for the role?
A: I was actually suicidal before, so I put myself back in that mindset to properly portray Jerry. I remembered the times where I wanted to quit and wanted an escape from the pain. Jerry was supposed to be in pain after he came out of the hospital and I actually had a migraine that day. I didn’t take any medicine so I could use the pain of the migraine for the film.
Q: How is it different from other films about suicide?
A: It just shows that anyone can be affected by thoughts of suicide. People who have watched the film told me that they were able to feel Jerry’s pain and that’s exactly what I wanted. When you can feel the film, it stays with you forever.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence you as an artist?
A: I’m an Account Manager for a Real Estate Lending company in downtown Chicago. Every experience in life is an opportunity to use those scenarios in potential future films. If I’m ever in a film where I have to play an office worker, I have a lot of experience to glean from. My job keeps me motivated to pursue my art because I do not want a normal day job for the rest of my life. I want my art to be my main means of income. Being at my job every day pushes me to pursue my acting more and more so I can escape the dream killer known as the 9 to 5.
Q: How did you go about deciding what to leave in and out of your reel?
A: I wanted to choose the scenes which best portray the many sides of my acting. I tried to include scenes that portrayed me as urban, intellectual, sarcastic, with an accent, and emotional. I obviously left out scenes where I didn’t have much screen time.
Q: What is your oddest Chicago story?
A: The only thing I can really think of is back in High School I joined a girl for a protest and the protestors shut down Lake Shore Drive. We were on the road walking through cars. Not necessarily odd, but definitely memorable.
Q: What famous role could you have nailed?
A: I love Denzel Washington in Training Day. I would love to attempt to portray Alonzo in that movie. I don’t think I would do as well as Denzel, but I would love to try. I’m drawn to characters that have extremes. He was very angry and had moments of high intensity emotion in that film. I love that. I love extremes. Playing an every day person is fine, but I like the extreme roles that challenge me to go deeper and pull out intense emotions. I feel that those are also the most memorable roles. I want to make great film that’s memorable and will be remembered for decades.