On Fox show The Resident, Malcolm-Jamal Warner plays Dr. Austin, a brazen and arrogant doctor who doesn’t gloss over his honesty.
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Malcolm-Jamal Warner is best known for playing Theo Huxtable on the Cosby Show. His performance led to an Emmy nomination when he was just 16 years old. Warner is also an accomplished poet and musician and a Grammy winner. He recently acquired the film and television rights to the novel Freedom’s Shore: Tunis Campbell and the Georgia Freedmen by Russell Duncan. He will be producing the project through Campbell, an abolitionist who became a Georgia State Senator during the Post-Civil War Reconstruction.
Warner is also one of the stars of The Resident Fox show, which has just completed its fourth season. He plays Dr. AJ “The Raptor” Austin, a brazen and arrogant doctor. The role is in stark contrast to Warner’s relaxed, thoughtful, and passionate personality.
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On CNET’s I’m So Obsessed podcast, Warner explains the joy of playing a cocky doctor who has the knowledge and skills to back up his arrogance. But it’s also a bit of a challenge.
“He’s one of the best cardio-thoracic surgeons in the country,” said Warner. “And he doesn’t care what people think of him. He’s very much the person I don’t allow myself to be in real life. And it’s difficult because as artists we want to be where we don’t. I don’t care what people think of us. But the success of our craft depends a lot on what people think of us. There’s a fine line to walk. There’s a tricky dance. “
You can listen to my entire conversation with Warner in the podcast player above or on Apple Podcasts. He talks about being a dad, hosting Saturday Night Live, recording a Grammy-winning song, and playing Theo.
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