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Exclusive: Curtis Marsh, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman Talk ‘Draft Day’

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Some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters, including Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner and Chadwick Boseman made their way down the 50 yard line on Monday night during the Los Angeles premiere of Ivan Reitman’s, Draft Day.

HipHollywood threw some passes down the field and caught up with some of the film’s star’s who who scored when talking about why people are going to love this film.

“I think it’s the cast, it’s the performances, and it’s just the drama of the behind the scenes of sports that goes beyond what you would see on ESPN or Sports Center,” Chadwick Boseman said.

The film, which is centered around the NFL’s draft day, stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Tom Welling. Welling revealed to HipHollywood that Garner’s character as a female salary cap manager, is the heart and the soul of the film. “It’s so awesome what she does in this film,” he told us.

“I play Ali Parker … She’s super smart, she works in a man’s world and she is not afraid of the boys. She is not afraid to be one of the boys and she is not afraid to put them in their place,” Garner explained.

While on the green carpet, we also talked with some of the NFL’s top athletes who took a look back down memory lane and shared their emotions during draft day.

“Draft day was gathering around with a bunch of friends, having a lot of food and snacks and watching the draft and waiting for a phone call,” Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Curtis Marsh Jr. told us. “And when I got that phone call it was the happiest day of my life.”

Draft Day is set to hit theaters on April 11.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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