Britain has produced some amazing performers over the years and Stanley J. Browne is one of them. We recently sat down and caught up with him. Here is what he had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Hi guys, I know, Stanley James Browne sounds like a stage name but it is my real name! I think my parents blessed me with a head start in the industry with a good solid name… for me it’s half the battle having a good name.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I started performing as young as seven in primary school. One of the Christmas productions that really did well was a comedy spoof of “Aladdin and the forty thieves! I played the Thick thief and received standing ovations for my performance!!
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
For me, it most certainly was and still is Denzel Washington and Robert De Niro. There was something about these two actors that really captured my attention as a young actor starting out. Their ability to bring the characters alive using themselves as a vehicle spoke to me. There is a lot in the way of acting, one can do, however, these guys amongst many others have mastered the craft of not even acting… For me it always wins true and creates the best performance when an actor can relax and let the character do the work…
What kind of training have you had, if any?
As a teenager, I trained at the Anna Scher Theatre for inner city kids, in Islington, London. Michael Caine is the patron for the school. I attended from 15 years old to my early 20’s. Later in my career, I went on to train as a classical actor at “Mountview Classical Acting Academy, where I won the only male scholarship for that year performing a Shakespeare monologue from King Leer..
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
It would have to be Othello! I was fortunate to play him on a 3 month tour in Ireland. It was one of the most exciting and greatest experiences I’ve had as an actor to date!! Tackling Shakespeare as any Sid actor will tell you, is no easy task, however, Othello was a character that I could relate to and identify with as a black actor. Also, to fall helplessly in love is something we all desire at some point in life… As we know, unfortunately, love also blinded his better judgment…it was a brilliant role to play..
What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?
I think my biggest achievement to date is winning the scholarship. It really was a fete of fate to attend Mountview Acting Academy, I got introduced to the theatre classics.Up until that point I was mainly doing TV dramas and films. I believe any actor worth their weight in salt should have some theatre credits. It really does bring things back to basics, standing up in front of an audience and delivering your lines, although one or two may let slip from time to time, the challenge is to keep going regardless. This is where the work pays off! Like the abs, after the training!!
What projects do you have coming up?
I am currently starring in a feature film playing the lead role as a diamond investigator in ” Rough Cut”, we shot most of the scenes in the south of France. I also play a great role with an all star British cast in a comedy feature film called ” Meet Pursuit Delange” both of these features will be out this year.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I want to say my ideal co-star would be Denzel Washington! But as I’ve used him already, next on the list would be Brad Pitt, I admire Brad’s work and have watched him come on leaps and bounds over the years. He has grown as an actor, choosing to play a vast range of characters. I would love to work with him one day in a drama. I think we would make a great acting duo!
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to work even more in feature films and TV drama series, to play roles I would never dream of playing. I would like to stretch myself more as I believe I have not fulfilled my greatest potential as an actor just yet, much, much more to come. Watch this space!
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
My advice is simple. Keep coming back! You need to be in it, to win it! It’s easier to drop out than to stay in. Be patient, there is something out there with your name on it. Look for the signs and just remember, it is not “rejection’ when you don’t get that role or part, it was simply an inspection to see if your look fits. Keep it that way!