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    Portrait of an Artist

    Marcus Smith, producer of The Charles Darwin Experience, sits outside the Park Student Union yesterday afternoon. We think the forlorn expression on his face is improvised.
    Marcus Smith, producer of The Charles Darwin Experience, sits outside the Park Student Union yesterday afternoon. We think the forlorn expression on his face is improvised.

    Who: Actor Marcus T. Smith

    Bio: Smith is from Tempe. He is a senior studying linguistics and German. He is producer of The Charles Darwin Experience, a member of the UA men’s club volleyball team and a resident assistant in Coronado Residence Hall.

    Wildcat: What inspires you?

    Smith: Seeing people that never give up succeed, as well as being told that I can’t do something. This makes me work 10 times harder and usually pays off in a way that allows me to surpass my previous expectations.

    W: Which actors inspire you?

    S: Jamie Foxx – he can sing, play piano, and act. Don Cheadle – he’s just amazing.

    W: What is your favorite show? Why?

    S: “”Flavor of Love,”” because NewYork is ridiculous. She is the best girl in the house.

    W: Give me one line of your favorite song.

    S: “”Got my medulla oblongata electrified,”” from “”Slow Down”” by Alicia Keys.

    W: When did you start acting?

    S: Freshman year of college, when I enrolled in an acting 100 class.

    W: Where do you want to be in 10 years?

    S: I will be on Broadway in New York, having starred in at least five shows. I will have made at least two movies, I will have started up a multimillion-dollar clothing line, as well as another business. Can’t reveal that information. I will have released an album. Basically, I will be set for life and doing something I love to do.

    W: Early bird or night owl?

    S: Night owl. I can’t wake up for anything in the morning.

    W: Do you have any fun food combinations?

    S: Not really, although I love cornbread and milk and grits. They’re delicious.

    W: What makes you unique as an actor?

    S: I do not fit the mold of other actors, especially black actors, because I am 6(-foot-)5 and do musical theater. I am a triple threat as well. In addition, I believe that my singing voice is a very unique one that is special to me because I can sing R&B, gospel, opera, classical, jazz and musical theater. A lot of other actors – musical theatre actors – can’t do that.

    W: What do you think about Tucson?

    S: UA is a great place to be; but I don’t think that I could live here for the rest of my life. It’s a flat, wide city. I need congestion and skyscrapers. New York, here I come!

    W: What is your life motto?

    S: “”Success is the sweetest revenge.””

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