Breakout star and comedian London Brown has been causing quite the buzz for his role as Marvin on the Power prequel series, Power Book III : Raising Kanan.
The former star of HBO's Ballers star is quite different in Raising Kanan. No longer the comedic partner to a NFL star. In Raising Kanan, he’s the older brother in a trio of siblings where he is lower-in-command to his queenpin sister. Searching for the right to redeem his past, Marvin struggles to get the respect he desires within his family.
Brown recently spoke to Atlanta Black Star and the interview was interesting due to the fact that Brown revealed that he didn't watch the original Power series starring Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
“No, I haven’t watched it," he explained. I still need to watch this show. I still haven’t watched Raising Kanan because what happens is I didn’t watch Power because at the time I was still in Ballers. So I wanted to be a part of “Power,” so I didn’t want to watch it because I wanted to do it and I couldn’t do it. I was grateful for what I had, but I was looking at Power. So I didn’t even tap into it. And now, the same thing happened with Ballers, which was the shows coming on Sundays. I’m preparing for work Sunday nights. So even as a cast, we really haven’t had any time to really bask in this season because we’re working on season two. So I be in work mode. And then I know I got access to it. I get around to it when I can get to it. I catch what I catch from the trailers or from what people tell me, because, you know, the fans know no more about it than I do. I don’t really know.”
After last week's episode, Marvin is thrust into a storyline about dealing with the realization that his daughter, Jukebox (Hailey Kilgore), is exploring her sexuality. Brown talked about what he advice he'd give his character on that relationship as well as his other familial relationships.
He explained, “I would encourage Marvin to sit down and really talk to his daughter and figure out what’s going on because sometimes people don’t want to have those kinds of conversations because it’s difficult to have. And I think that somewhere throughout the show, they’ll reveal why it’s so difficult for Marvin, what’s causing a strain for Marvin to have with his daughter. Because whatever it is like I said, it’s not just with his daughter, it’s his relationship with everybody. They all a little stressed. It really starts first with Marvin taking care of the issues that he has. So then from there, he can really repair the relationships that are outside of himself.”
The season finale of Power Book III: Raising Kanan airs this Sunday.