Monday, April 19, 2021

‘Power’ Star Omari Hardwick Reflects His Character ‘Ghost’ Being Killed by His Son

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*Omari Hardwick is speaking out about playing James St. Patrick/Ghost in Starz hit show “Power” and how his character was murdered by his onscreen son Tariq. 

“At the end of the day I was a strong black father figure that wanted the best for his family especially his children and their future. I felt like my character should have been gone in season 7,” the actor explained to Page Six. “I felt he was definitely a good father but he wasn’t so affectionate but he was present enough. My character may have had bad sides like many do but he was present…even at his children’s school.”

Hardwick added, “Out of both parents Ghost was probably the better parent. He told his son to go to school while his wife Tasha [Naturi Naughton] told him to deal drugs.”

When asked if he’s worried about being typecast, Omari said, “I know the character of Ghost will sometimes be pushed back when I’m playing another role. I am more than one dimension. However if someone calls me Ghost on the street that’s fine but I am not scared of this character to follow me. I did not quarantine my talent when I was playing Ghost. I did nine movies during that time.”

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In related news, Starz currently has four ‘Power’ spin-offs in development featuring some of the original characters. 

Additionally, Grammy winning artists Method Man and Mary J. Blige have been tapped to star in Starz’s “Power” spinoff. “Power Book II.”

The rapper will “portray ambitious and savvy attorney Davis Maclean, who is attracted to the NYC underworld run by Blige’s character, but may find himself entrapped by some secrets from his past,” Deadline writes. 

The series will “continue the journey” of some of the show’s “most controversial characters,” showrunner Courtney Kemp revealed during the Television Critics Association 2019 summer press tour. 

“In television history, only a select few shows have inspired four consecutive series extensions, launched into active production and development at the same time,” Jeffrey Hirsch, Starz’s new president and CEO, said in a statement.

“These new and exciting chapters will continue the journey of some of Power‘s most controversial characters while featuring a growing ensemble of complex, distinct characters along with the high-octane drama that set Power in a class of its own.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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