How Joseph Sikora based ‘Power’ character Tommy on 50 Cent

If Dave Chappelle’s well-known sketch, “The Racial Draft” was being performed right this moment, and I used to be representing African-Americans, I’d proudly choose my next “Renaissance Man” visitor within the first spherical.

Actor and graffiti artist Joseph Sikora, who performs drug supplier and hustler Tommy Egan on “Power,” isn’t only a tradition vulture who purchased a Wu-Tang sweatshirt on the mall and memorized two Tupac songs. The gritty however considerate Chicago native embodies the hip-hop way of life within the purest manner together with his artwork, his spirit and his starring function on “Power.”

Tommy is by far a favourite from the Starz collection, and Joseph has based among the difficult character’s mannerisms on the present’s co-creator Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. But not the present day entrepreneur, brokering gazillion greenback offers in tailor-made double-breasted fits. Tommy is just like the uncooked “How To Rob” period 50 Cent.

Joseph informed me he’s listened to “dozens and dozens, maybe even hundreds of hours of 50 Cent interviews; that the cadence, word choice, the feeling, the vibe is a lot of it.”

And the present has a really numerous fan base, which makes for some fascinating viewer interactions. Joseph mentioned there’s a normal distinction in how he’s approached: White of us are a bit extra timid, whereas his black followers go all out after they see him.

“It’s different. It’s funny . . . I think white people are a little bit more like eh . . . more fearful of the character in the whole thing,” Joseph informed me. “The biggest reward possible is to be embraced by the black community, because that’s the reason I have a job and that’s a reflection of that character from that community. And I think that black people also call BS pretty quick. So to know that you’re getting the validation is huge. And what a compliment, man . . . It’s nice to have some symbiotic love going on right there.”

Joseph is a multifaceted man. He is aware of his eating places, music and he’s a religious Roman Catholic. When “Power” kicked off, I did a promo for the present with him and we turned good associates. I even entrust him to co-host “Jalen & Jacoby” when David goes on trip.

He’s even joined the campaign to stop the sale of 991 Fifth Ave., which is a gilded age mansion housing the American Irish Historical Society on the Upper East Side.

“I have no Irish blood in these veins. But that building as the cultural identity of the Irish people and how much they did for New York City — building New York City, writing stories about New York City, blood, sweat and tears into New York City,” he mentioned. “To keep this place as a touchstone and a reminder of the plight of these people to me is a more important thing than, say, knocking that building down, knowing that you have another 10 stories of air rights just to sell this to multimillionaires rather than really supporting the people who made this city work and possible.”

Joseph Sikora played Tommy Egan on 'Power.'
Joseph Sikora performed Tommy Egan on ‘Power.’
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But he is aware of when to choose and selected his battles and when to be vocal.

“I feel like I do keep my mouth shut a lot, and part of that is because I let my voice be heard when it’s important to support, especially causes that are inclusive. Causes uniting people and especially people of color at this moment in time,” he mentioned. “Allowing myself to be seen and heard nominally but as an ally. But also, I think as an ally, as a white person in this country at this point, to me, it’s important to say when it’s appropriate to be like, ‘Yo know, I’m here and I’m the ally’ … And now it’s my turn to listen.”

Whether he’s speaking or staying quiet, the fits at Starz like what they’re listening to. He is presently working on a derivative: “Power Book IV,” which he reveals faucets into his gritty character’s thoughts and can present how “Tommy became Tommy.”

“At the end of ‘Power,’ he’s essentially lost everything except his sense of self. So I think that, the exciting part for me is how does a person, anybody, rebuild themselves when they have nothing? Is it possible? Are they the same person? Is this a new person?,” he mentioned. “So to deal with the psychology of the character is what’s most fun for me. I enjoy Tommy’s fearlessness and his loyalty, his steadfast pursuit of the game, how that translates into relationships, how that translates into loss. So I think that people are going to get a lot of these answers about Tommy.”

Since he’s a Chicago man, I needed to speak soccer however he gave me the ol’ Heisman. He admitted he’s been so busy that he solely will get updates on sports activities from his driver and his mom who’s a devoted Cubs fan.

“My mother’s the biggest Cubs fan, and she’s always asking me this and that. ‘Did you watch this and how the Cubbies are doing?’ I’m just like, ‘Ma I have not had a chance to tackle any sports.’ I haven’t watched any television really,” he mentioned.

I nonetheless needed to educate my good friend on what’s going to occur with the Chicago Bears within the subsequent few seasons now that they drafted quarterback Justin Fields. I assured him that Fields would be the greatest quarterback within the franchise’s historical past.

And he may tick off his fellow Windy City natives however he admitted he likes New York pizza higher than his hometown’s deep dish. But I’m assured he’ll make it as much as them together with his newest enterprise. Joseph signed a primary look take care of Lionsgate TV. He and his brother, Albin, began Black Fox Productions and might be trying to inform Chicago-centric tales and dealing with town’s artistic class.

But what’s his first order of enterprise?

“Well, a starring role for Jalen Rose,” he mentioned.

My good friend is a person of his phrase, so I’m going to get into the gymnasium in case I’ve to take my shirt off. My first suggestion is a remake of “Friday” based in Detroit with me enjoying a character like Craig. I like characters which might be the butt of the joke, and I prefer to chortle. So in the event you’re in search of me, I might be dusting off my IMDb web page, maintaining my cellphone on and my fingers crossed.

Detroit native Jalen Rose is a member of the University of Michigan’s iconoclastic Fab Five, who shook up the faculty hoops world within the early ’90s. He performed 13 seasons within the NBA, earlier than transitioning right into a media character. Rose is presently an analyst for “NBA Countdown” and “Get Up,” and co-host of “Jalen & Jacoby.” He govt produced “The Fab Five” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” collection, is the writer of the best-selling e-book, “Got To Give the People What They Want,” a vogue tastemaker, and co-founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a public constitution college in his hometown.

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