If you missed that, you may have seen him on the box cover of Just For Men hair care products; in Ridley Scott’s 2007 movie, American Gangster; or as the romantic lead opposite Beyonce Knowles in the video for “If I were a Boy” that topped eight charts worldwide. I sat down with Eddie Goines to talk ablout his recent projects and his future endeavors.
Tunya: “How did you land the job for the ‘If I were a Boy’ video?”
Eddie: “I mailed approximately 50 postcards to the casting director, Winsome Sinclair, but it did not seem as though she was interested. As a result, I started to feel as though it may be a waste of time. However that was the farthest thing from the truth. As time progressed, while I was working as a substitute teacher, I received a call from Ms. Sinclair’s staff informing me that I had landed the lead role in the video. I guess you know I was on a plane to New York that night. I have to add that Beyonce is truly a legend and icon.”
As we continued to talk, I learned that Eddie had been an NFL athlete who played for the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Giants, and the Indianapolis Colts. However, Eddie’s football career came to an unfortunate end when he tore his knee and needed reconstructive surgery.
“Although it was ok, I felt as though I was floating in life and allowing time to pass,” he exclaimed. Tragedy, however, would turn into triumph for Eddie.
“I had a brief period where I functioned as a news and television reporter,” said Eddie. During that time, another love grabbed his attention. “I met acting and it was love at first sight,” Eddie stated. Eddie is driven to achieve greatness; insomuch, that he wants his name to be placed right alongside Denzel, Brando, James Earl Jones, Oliver, and Poitier.
As he spoke, I could hear the passion for action in his voice. He has even performed a self-penned piece… check out the video where Goines performs his piece called, I love My Girl, But She Don’t Love Me Back, which is available online free and it’s blowing people away.
Eddie recently shot a major guest-starring role in Tyler Perry’s ‘House of Payne.’ He plays “Marcel” in an episode directed by Kim Fields that also guest stars Bobbie J. Thompson, the young actor featured in the blockbuster movie, ‘Role Models.’ The shoot was a memorable one for Eddie.
“It was an incredibly good experience,” he says. “Tyler has become such a giant in the business, and deservedly so. To see this magnificent edifice that he’s built, emphasizing old and new African-American art was tremendous. To be able to contribute and add to this legacy is an experience I won’t forget.”
Eddie is driven to achieve greatness. He wants his name to be uttered along with greats like Denzel, Brando, James Earl Jones, Oliver, and Poitier – and he wants to be remembered forever.
As Eddie made this statement, I was curious to know how he intends to achieve this two-fold objective. Presently, Eddie is working on a number of projects. One in particular is The Diligent Actors Workshop, which he created on May 17, 2001 in New York City.
It is an opportunity for actors to meet every Saturday morning to talk and attempt to further their careers through interaction and networking Eddie is also working on a music video with Grammy nominated N’dambi. In addition. He just landed a job with Tyler Perry. We look forward to hearing and seeing more from Mr. Eddie Goines.