Saturday has arrived and have watched the sunset yet again. So blessed and humble to be working on this project #TheLastFullMeasure
Every morning I watch the sun, I thank the Lord. Sometimes we pray, we ask for things in our life. I no longer ask for anything. I just say out loud, how grateful and thankful for all that I already have in this life. I need nothing more than what the Lord feels I need. Many moons ago, I put my life in the hands of my maker. Everyone born into this world has a purpose. It took me 18 years to discover mine. Being an actor / artist was not specific enough. It's these stories about the men in women that fought and sacrificed their lives for all that we have today. We are so unbelievably fortunate to live in the United States of America. Over the past year we have torn each other apart and tried to destroy what so many souls lost their lives for and that is Freedom & Liberty. We must respect those sacrifices by respecting each other's race, sex, religion & beliefs.
When I was just a boy, I saw a film called GLORY. It tells the story of the 54th Regiment during the Civil War. It was the first time I remember crying in the theater. "Give um hell 54th" will forever be burned into my mind.
I was young at the time but something about that film touched my soul. My dad Keith Maddison took me to go see the film but I am not sure if he wanted me to learn something but I did. That, along with my late grandfathers service to Great Britain and the World during WWII would set me on a path that ultimately would lead me joining the Marine Corps and put me on this film I'm about to embark on Monday.
There was this incredible moment in the film between Morgan Freeman & a young Denzel Washington. Denzel's character was a rebel. He was so filled with hate and anger that he was blind. Not physically blind but blind to the love and sacrifice that he was surrounded by:
Rawlins: "And what are you? So full of hate you want to go out and fight everybody! Because you've been whipped and chased by hounds. Well that might not be living, but it sure as hell ain't dying. And dying's been what these white boys have been doing for going on three years now! Dying by the thousands! Dying for *you*, fool! I know, 'cause I dug the graves. And all this time I keep askin' myself, when, O Lord, when it's gonna be our time? Gonna come a time when we all gonna hafta ante up. Ante up and kick in like men. LIKE MEN!"