A former University of Houston graduate and up-and-coming actor, Kedrick Brown, will guest star as Alonzo Williams, the founder of the World Class Wrecking Crew, in the new Lifetime original movie, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le premiering at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Saturday, Oct. 15.
The film narrates the life story of hip-hop recording artist Michel’le as well as touches on the abusive relationship between Michel’le and Dr. Dre, a member of NWA and World Class Wrecking Crew.
The project has been described as “one of fame, abuse and ultimately, survival and triumph.” The cast of Surviving Compton didn’t even think that the film would come out until 2017 as they had just finished shooting this past July in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Within this film, Michel’le is opening up and speaking out about the darker side of Compton.
“I can’t say what’s true and what’s not true, I wasn’t there, but this is her story and as a story I think it’s important to tell a story as it’s given,” says Brown.
Williams played a big part as founder of the hip hop crew, but also in discovering Michel’le when she was working at the department store, J.C. Penny.
“If you Google Michel’le, you find that Google says Easy E is accredited for finding Michel’le, but when I finally got the script I found out that it was Alonzo who founded Michel’le. [Singer] Mona Lisa couldn’t make a recording so Alonzo called Michel’le and asked if she could record a song and that’s how she got first introduced,” says Brown.
“I think this film does a great job of representing who he [Alonzo] is and his contribution to that world,” added Brown.
While filming, Alonzo gave Brown a call once he heard the actor was playing his character and provided him with some advice.
“When I play a role that that someone has created, you kind of get to create a quote un-quote biography for this character. You kind of get to make up the material that makes this character who they are, that gives them reason to make the decisions that they make, but since this is someone who is a real person, you don’t get to fabricate that. You have to pull in pieces of this guy’s life and make it real and try your best to be him,” says Brown.
As difficult and intimidating as Brown found it to portray Alonzo, who will be watching him in this movie, acting was not Brown’s first choice. He was inspired into acting when he was in school and his teachers started noticing a talent that he didn’t quite see in himself yet.
“When I was a kid I wanted to be a fireman or an attorney. This [acting] was not my aspiration. This was not what I wanted to be, but I ended up landing in a speech and drama class in seventh grade and it was on from there,” shared Brown.
Brown has previously appeared on the TV series, “Greenleaf,“ produced by Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, “American Crime” on ABC, and “Survivors Remorse” on STARZ.
“I’m an artist. I’m true to the art. What makes it the best art – it has to be the timeless contribution to this industry and that’s where I want my career to be – I don’t care if it’s guy number one or James Brown just make sure you play your part and play it well,” said Brown.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Brown, (who now resides in Houston) earned his bachelor of arts degree in theater from the University of North Texas and trained in the University of Houston’s M.F.A. program with a focus in acting.
Make sure to catch Brown in Lifetime’s Surviving Compton at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Oct. 15 on the Lifetime Channel.
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