Charles Lott Jr.
Charles Lott Jr. hits the big screen with Ben Affleck in “The Way Back.” (Courtesy of The Brand Partners)

Charles Lott Jr. did not expect to follow the path of an actor, but he said that’s what the universe had in store for him.

On Friday, March 6, Lott, who always dreamed of becoming a professional athlete, hit the big screen in the sports drama “The Way Back.”

The motion picture stars Academy Award winner Ben Affleck as Jack Cunningham, a former high school basketball phenom who inexplicably walked away from the game and eventually became an alcoholic. Long after his high school playing days, Cunningham is offered an opportunity to return to glory as coach of his former team, where he eventually is forced to confront his demons.

Lott portrays Chubbs Hendricks, one of the players on Cunningham’s team.

“Being in this movie was so hot,” said Lott, who has also appeared on the hit television show “Modern Family” and the 2020 movie “68 Whiskey.”

“Ben Affleck is an outstanding actor, and I felt comfortable being able to work with him and to learn from the guys in the rest of the cast,” Lott said.

As an industry newcomer, Lott said he had taken every opportunity to learn from other actors. In addition to forging a relationship with Affleck, who earned Oscars for “Good Will Hunting” and “Argo,” Lott has also formed bonds with his “The Way Back” co-stars.

He said he still has much to accomplish.

“There are so many things that I want to accomplish, but I just try to take it one step at a time,” Lott said. “I want to be able to show versatility in films, and I want to be able to do comedies, drama, romcoms, even animation. I want to be able just to do everything. I want to be a Swiss Army knife in terms of in the industry, being the jack-of-all-trades.”

Lott added that he dedicates his free time to further his study of film and acting.

“When I’m not acting, I spend a lot of time at the movie theaters, and I go to the movies a lot,” he said. “I’m a weirdo. Like, I’ll tell people I went to the movies and they’ll be, like, ‘Who did you go with?’ Like, ‘What? Me.’”

Like many actors, Lott also has roles in mind that he’d love to try.

“I always want to play a superhero,” Lott said. “I want to be able to do comedy, too, and animations and dramatic roles. I want to be able to show versatility.”

As far as his Baltimore connections, Lott called the city great. He said his father is “obsessed with Baltimore.”

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Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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