Articles: O’Shea Jackson’s humorous side shines in ‘Long Shot’




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By Samantha Ofole-Prince
Photos by Hector Alvarez

O'Shea Jackson stars as Lance
Photo by Phillippe Bosse

In this political rom-com filled with heart and humor, Seth Rogen plays Fred Flarsky, a gifted, feisty and free-spirited journalist who reconnects with his glamorous babysitter Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) as she prepares to make a run for the U.S. Presidency. Both are a mismatched pair and although their deeply funny odd-coupling ensures plenty of laughter, it’s O’Shea Jackson Jr. who as Flarsky’s best buddy, Lance, delivers the films comical moments.

“Lance is a tech entrepreneur, a self-made man, who is super enthusiastic about everything, and he’s aggressively enthusiastic about supporting Fred. He is always in Fred’s corner. Whatever he needs, I got him,” shares Jackson who brings a deadpan style of humor to the table.
As the best buddy, he pushes Fred to pursue his childhood crush telling him that he deserves love, something he’s never fully believed after Charlotte hires him as a speech writer to help energize her campaign. “He believes that if Fred proves to himself he’s worthy of Charlotte Field’s love, he’ll realize the kind of potential that has always been in him from the beginning,” he explains.

Charlize Theron Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsky
Photo Credit Hector Alvarez.

Jackson, who broke out on the scene in “Straight Outta Compton,” delivering a breakthrough performance as his father, Ice Cube, hasn't had a chance to show his comedic skills on the big screen and proves to be a delight in “Long Shot.”  He brilliantly bounces off Rogen’s comic instincts and says the entire ensemble is what made the film such an unusual experience.

“You had everybody adding their own special spices to the soup, which is what makes it a dish,” he sums up. “We all had so much fun with each other and I think that comes through in the feel of the movie. Seth was always so related in every film he does and I was taught early that relatability is likability and you have to keep that connection to the audience.”

Charlize Theron as Charlotte Fields and Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsk
Photo Credit Hector Alvarez

With some crude and lewd humor, there’s the familiar Seth stamp on this romantic mismatch movie, which like some of his other films are filled with gags about masturbation, racial references and chauvinism.

Directed by Jonathan Levine, from a screenplay by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah, the 115 minutes film is rated R for strong sexual content, language and drug use and is out in theaters.


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