Film: 2009: January: "Not Easily Broken"

"Not Easily Broken" Cast


Morris Chestnut as "Dave Johnson" in TriStar Pictures' drama NOT EASILY BROKEN. Photo By: Ron Phillips

MORRIS CHESTNUT (Dave Johnson / Executive Producer) is much in demand for leading roles in major motion pictures, having most recently starred in the films The Game Plan (with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), Perfect Christmas (with Terrence Howard and Gabrielle Union), Ladder 49 (with John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix), The Cave (with Not Easily Broken co-star Eddie Cibrian) and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, the sequel to the boxoffice hit Anaconda.

 Born in Cerritos, California, the athletic actor grew up playing sports and attended college at Cal State Los Angeles before entering the film business in 1990 with a small role in Freddy’s Nightmares.

This led him to a memorable co-starring role as high school football player ‘Ricky Baker’ in director John Singleton’s acclaimed Boyz n the Hood, a part that brought the actor into mainstream Hollywood stardom. Among his many credits are the films Like Mike, The Last Boy Scout, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, G.I. Jane, The Best Man, The Brothers, Breaking All the Rules, Confidence, Scenes of the Crime, Two Can Play That Game and The Inkwell.

He has also appeared as a regular on the television series “C-16: FBI” and earned roles in the series “Bones”, “ER” and “Living Single” as well as television films such as “Firehouse” and “The Killing Yard”.

He was executive producer for the television series “Blackstage” and is also a principal in the film production company DMI, which has an affiliation with Screen Gems.

Taraji P. Henson as "Clarice Clark" in TriStar Pictures' drama NOT EASILY BROKEN.
Photo By: Ron PhillipsTaraji P. Henson as "Clarice Clark" in TriStar Pictures' drama NOT EASILY BROKEN. Photo By: Ron Phillips

TARAJI P. HENSON (Clarice Johnson) recently starred in Focus Features’ Talk to Me opposite Don Cheadle. Henson next co-stars opposite Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in Paramount’s highly anticipated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button directed by David Fincher, in which she plays the caretaker of Pitt who suffers from a rare degenerative disease.

The film will be released nationally December 25, 2008. Following that, Henson stars opposite Forest Whitaker and Lil’ Wayne in Hurricane Season from the Weinstein Company, to be released in January of 2009.

In 2008, she starred in Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys with Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard. She was also a regular on David E. Kelly’s “Boston Legal” and recurs on ABC’s “Eli Stone” as the daughter of Loretta Devine’s Patti. Henson recently starred in Estelle’s music video for her latest single, “Pretty Please.”

Henson was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Feature Film at the 2005 Black Movie Awards and received the Best Actress nod at the 2006 BET Awards for her performance as Shug in the gutsy drama Hustle & Flow, produced by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker John Singleton, and also starring Terrence Howard. She received two nominations at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards including Best Breakthrough Performance. Henson co-starred in the ensemble action drama Smokin’ Aces with Jeremy Piven, Alicia Keys, and Ben Affleck.

Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow, is featured on the soundtrack, and performed the Oscar®-winning song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” at the 78th annual Academy Awards®. She reunited for the third time with John Singleton to film Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg and Andre 3000 for Paramount Pictures. Henson co-starred with Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker in Focus Features’ Something New. Henson is well remembered for her role as Yvette, the beautiful girlfriend of Jody (Tyrese) in Baby Boy, a Columbia Pictures feature, written, produced, and directed by John Singleton.

For three years, Henson starred as Raina Washington, the youngest female detective on Lifetime’s “The Division.”  She co-starred in the CBS movie Murder She Wrote Movie: The Last Free Man, starring Angela Lansbury and Phylicia Rashad. On series television, she has appeared in featured roles on “ER,” “Strong Medicine,” “CSI,” “House,” and others.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University grad resides in Los Angeles and enjoys fashion, reading poetry, dancing, and appreciates a variety of music genres. Henson has a strong passion for helping disabled and less fortunate children and reveals, “I always stress to kids to have faith in themselves—the greatest recipe for success is self confidence.”

MAEVE QUINLAN (Julie Sawyer) has recently been added to the cast of the CW series  “90210” as Constance Tate-Duncan, an overbearing stage mother.  Quinlan also stars as Paula Carlin on the hit television drama “South of Nowhere,” now in its third season. She has had roles on “Dirt,” “McBride,” “Nightstalker,” “South Beach,” and “Jag,” and has starred in several movies-of-the-week. She can next be seen in Lifetime’s Primal Doubt opposite Janine Turner.

Quinlan is also the founder and CEO of Beech Park Entertainment. Prior to producing and co-creating 3Way, she created, wrote, and executive produced the television pilot “The Pack” for Animal Planet. Next up for Beech Park is the feature film Doing Dara, written by Neal Gumpel, as well as an animated series for television. Quinlan has also recently completed a series of children’s books with writing partner Lori Bregman, the first of which, Buford’s Bath, should be in bookstores in mid-2008.

In her spare time, Quinlan enjoys tennis and all outdoor activities, particularly with her beloved golden retriever Mr. Guiness.

KEVIN HART (Tree) has parlayed a career as a top stand-up comedian into a busy workload on television as well as on screen. Born in Philadelphia, he left his job as a shoe salesman after winning an amateur comedy competition, leading him to tour the world as a stand up comedian. He had his own half hour special on Comedy Central and appeared at the Montreal Comedy Festival before concentrating on film and television work beginning with his debuts in the television series “North Hollywood” and “Undeclared”.

He went on to win roles in the films Paper Soldiers, Along Came Polly, Scary Movie 3, Soul Plane, The 40 Year Old Virgin, In the Mix, Scary Movie 4, The Last Stand, Parental Guidance Suggested, Epic Movie and Fool’s Gold. Among his many television appearances are roles in the series “The Big House” (for which he was executive producer as well as writer and star), “Jake in Progress”, “Barbershop”, “Love Inc.” and “All of Us”.

WOOD HARRIS (Darnell) is a product of Chicago's notorious west side, deeply influenced by the paradox of the inner city and best known for his gritty, complex performances.  While in high school the age of Hip Hop was dawning and music became his primary means of expression.  The young artist formed the rap group, FRUIT OF THE MIND and began to produce and perform original music. 

While earning a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Harris became well known in New York's underground poetry scene.  Together with contemporaries Saul Williams, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and others, the group became innovators of a distinctive oratory style of poetic rhythm and delivery born from Black culture, high art and hip hop.

During his tenure at New York University Wood landed his first major film role in the basketball drama Above the Rim starring opposite Tupac Shakur and was cast as the lead actor in Morningside Prep, a short film directed by filmmaker Malcolm Lee.  In Morningside Prep he played an unforgettable character named Derrick "D-Train" Trainer for which he won the New York City 1st Run Film Festival Best Actor Award.  

Wood has appeared in many theatrical stage productions including the leading role of Levy in August Wilson's Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the New York City Negro Ensemble Theater's A Soldier’s Story, Shakespeare in the Park's Troilus & Cressida, and the original Off-Broadway production of Waiting for Lefty, directed by Joanne Woodward and starring Marisa Tomei. 

His post graduate film work includes roles in the Oscar® winning motion picture, As Good as it Gets and Woody Allen's Celebrity. For Walt Disney Pictures hit Remember the Titans, Wood was recognized with NAACP Image Award and Blockbuster Movie Award nominations for his work as Julius "Big Ju" Campbell.  Harris received more critical acclaim as a leading man when he portrayed legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix in Showtime's original movie, Hendrix and for the compelling odyssey of Ace in Roc-A-Fella Film's classic, Paid in Full

Wood was the cunning and ruthless Avon Barksdale in HBO's original television series “The Wire.” “The Wire” is an international sensation and has been praised "the smartest, deepest and most resonant drama on TV." and "the greatest dramatic series ever produced for television...brilliant and superbly acted."

Since wrapping production on the final season of “The Wire,” Harris works nonstop in front of the camera and behind the scenes on numerous film, television and music projects.  Wood serves as lead actor and producer in  the feature film, Next Day Air also starring Mike Epps, Mos Def and Donald Faison set to be released January 2009.

JENIFER LEWIS (Mary Clark) has enjoyed a rich career as a star on Broadway, in musical theatre, on television and in feature films. Since making her stage debut in the 1979 Broadway play “Eubie”, she went on to become a member of Bette Midler’s singing ‘Harlettes’ troupe of back-up singers and made her film debut in Midler’s blockbuster feature Beaches in 1988.

Born in Missouri, she moved to New York to study theatre and soon found success onstage. After many years in the theater and touring in musicals and her own cabaret show “The Diva is Dismissed”, she moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on film and television work. She won memorable roles in the films Sister Act (as ‘Michelle’) and What’s Love Got to Do with It (as Tina Turner’s mother), launching a film career that includes the features Poetic Justice, The Meteor Man, Undercover Blues, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Renaissance Man, Corrina, Corrina, Panther, Dead Presidents, Girl 6, The Preacher’s Wife, Rituals, The Mighty, Blast From the Past, Mystery Men, Cast Away, The Brothers, Juwanna Mann, Nora’s Hair Salon, The Cookout, Madea’s Family Reunion, Dirty Laundry and, most recently, Redrum, Who’s Your Caddy?, Meet the Browns and The Princess and the Frog. She also lent her voice to the animated features Cars and Shark Tale.

Among her many television appearances are as a regular on the series “Strong Medicine”, “The PJs”, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “A Different World”.

EDDIE CIBRIAN (Brock Houseman) most recently starred with Morris Chestnut in the film The Cave and appeared as a regular on the television series “Invasion”, “Vanished”, “Tilt” and “Third Watch” as well as the daytime series “Sunset Beach”.

A Burbank, California native, he attended college at UCLA before entering acting in commercials and daytime dramas such as “The Young and the Restless”. He was a member of the singing group 3 Deep and starred in a television movie about the band. A recurring role on the series “Baywatch Nights” led to his

breakthrough on the daytime series “Sunset Beach,” on which he starred in over 200 episodes.

Among his many other credits are the films Living Out Loud, But I’m a Cheerleader and Say It Isn’t So in addition to appearances on television series such as “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Citizen Baines” and “Football Wives”.

NIECY NASH (Michelle) most recently starred in the Comedy Central series “Reno 911!” as the sassy deputy ‘Raineesha Williams’, and co-starred in the recent film Reno 911! Miami in the same role.

The Palmdale, California native began her career as a stand up comedian and made her film debut in a small role in Boys on the Side in 1995. She won roles in the films Cookie’s Fortune and The Bachelor while also appearing on television in the series “Party of Five”, “Malcolm & Eddie”, “City of Angels”, “Popular”, “Kate Brasher”, “One on One”, “NYPD Blue”, “Judging Amy”, “Reba”, “Girlfriends”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Malibu’s Most Wanted”, “That’s So Raven”, “Kid Notorious”, “ER”, “Monk”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, “My Name is Earl” and “The Boondocks”.

She most recently starred in her own cable television series, “Clean House” as well as the series “Slacker Cats” and the films Cook Off! and Code Name: the Cleaner.

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