“The aspects of Blade I’ve enjoyed most is how deep the character is. You’re talking about a guy who straddles two worlds; he’s a vampire who gets rid of evil vampires. That’s kind of nuts,” Crews tells Newsarama. “There’s a certain dichotomy to Blade that’s important, but in doing this with the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series you also have to do it for a children’s audience; people sometimes forget that.”
“Once they showed me the playback of Blade and Nick Fury facing off with each other, I said ‘This is cool as s#$t!’” Crews says with a laugh. “Nick Fury there with his eyepatch, Blade with his sharp teeth; seeing those two getting angry and facing off, forcing Spider-Man to separate them, was great. It’s a cool movement, and I’d love to see that in a live-action movie even.”
Although his well-toned physique and acting chops have led him to be on many armchair pundits list of casting choices for superhero movies, this role in Ultimate Spider-Man is the first time Crews has worked in the superhero genre. The actor admits that he’s surprised he hasn’t done more, but says part of it’s due to the relatively small number of significant African-American characters in superhero comics.
“Some people bring up Luke Cage, but honestly I have to step out of that because Marvel’s never really expressed an interest in making it,” Crews tells Newsarama. “If Marvel hasn’t expressed interest in it, why should I? I’m interested in actually doing a character that’ll see the light of day; that’s one of the reasons I chose to do Blade here. I don’t want to be a part of something that’s going to sit on the shelf and never get made.”
Crews’ practical viewpoint on the matter might be surprising, but he seems well versed in matters both of Hollywood casting directors and of comic books. He is quick to laud praise on Samuel L. Jackson’s casting as Nick Fury, as well as Anthony Mackie’s upcoming debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Falcon, and says there’s a number of character he’d like to play if casting directors are open to some changes.
“You can’t make yourself President; the people make you the President. If people want me to be a part of this superhero genre, it’ll happen. People get what they want,” says Crews. “I feel like we need to make new superheroes, African-American superheroes, that people would accept. Whatever I do, it has to be right – for me, for the character, and for the fans.”