When you're a large black man in Hollywood, the obvious stereotype is one of force and menace.
My father was a lorry driver, very rarely at home. The house was run by my mother, and because there were 10 or so kids, there was no time for individual attention. It was about survival. It was about where the next meal was coming from.
What is a shame is that there isn't stuff that is as great as 'Oz' on a consistent level around today.
I think that what 'Oz' did is it spawned a great generation of television production. But people know its place in television and just in great dramas. It's the foundation of my career. Most producers, show runners, directors, and casting directors put me in movies based on my performance in that show.
Certainly, I look for different characters 'cause I always like to keep people guessing, and I also don't like to get typecast.
I've played different nationalities, and everything from vulnerable to strong to crooked to demented. It just increases your possibilities of work because, if people know you can do just about anything, then you're going to get more offers. That's what I want to do.