Cory Hardrict is one of those actors you recognize from his many TV roles, but rarely see in films. He hasn’t had that major role that people will forever recognize him from, but he’s hoping that his high-profile role in Battle: Los Angeles, opening this weekend, will change that.
“I got this amazing role,” Cory told S2S. “It’s the role of a lifetime. I play corporal Jason Lockett. I’m in this Marine Corp platoon under Aaron Eckhart, who plays the staff sergeant.” Their platoon, which includes newcomer Ne-Yo and bad girl Michelle Rodriguez, are tasked with saving the world when a worldwide alien invasion begins.
Cory described the movie as a “classic film” that will keep you on the edge of your seat. He added, “It’s not going to just go by. When people see it, you’re going to have to go back and see it three or four times.”
The film will be R&B singer Ne-Yo’s debut in a big-budget blockbuster, and Cory said fans will be surprised by his performance, stating, “Ne-Yo did his thing. He’s professional. He just comes and he works hard and he wants to be respected by his peers as an actor first.”
Cory said Ne-Yo went through several weeks of boot camp with the rest of the cast. They had physical training at 5 a.m. on a daily basis and learned to live in tents. “He worked his tail off,” Cory added. “People are going to be blown away be his performance in the movie.”
Ne-Yo told a film critic that boot camp forced him to get into character. “Whether you like it or not, you are your character for three weeks. You had no choice,” he said. “Of course, it’s nothing compared to what the real guys do… but after three days, we were like, ‘Okay, we get it. Let’s start shooting now. Take us back to the hotel. It’s raining out here.’ But, it really helped us understand who the Marines are and why we need to do them proud.”
With this film out of the way, Cory is anxiously anticipating the arrival of his first child with actress Tia Mowry of BET’s “The Game” in July. He’s hoping to get more action scripts after the film’s premiere and land that pivotal role that makes his name as recognizable as his face.
One of his role models in the game is Will Smith. “He’s a good family man. I love Will Smith,” Cory said. “When I look at the movies he’s doing on a big scale, I want to do that.”
— Sabrina M. Parker