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Lance Gross Says He Was Up For The Harrison Wright Role In 'Scandal' & Diddy In 'Notorious'

by Natasha Greeves
April 29, 2013 5:27 PM
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In the video interview below, Lance Gross tells New York’s Hot 97 hosts Angie Martinez and DJ Enuff, that he was up for the Harrison Wright role in Scandal, but obviously lost to Columbus Short

He also says that he wanted to play P Diddy in Notorious, but the part ended up going to Derek Luke.

Being an actress myself, I will add that he was probably one of several actors who auditioned for those roles, so it may not necessarily mean that, in the case of Scandal for example, the job came down to either him or Columbus Short.

But can you see Lance Gross as a "Gladiator in a suit?" Or as P Diddy? I just can't see him in Scandal, but I think he may have been a better choice for P. Diddy than Derek Luke.

Upcoming, he's got the NBC pilot for an untitled Washington, DC-set political thriller he's starring in.

Watch the Hot 97 interview:

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  • Winston | April 30, 2013 7:59 PMReply

    Denzel? No. Maybe a broke-down Blair Underwood. He better tighten up his acting chops, and work on his French accent, because Omar Sy is taking all the damn roles.

  • Dee | April 30, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    Nope can't see Lance as Harrison. No comments as to the Notorious role.

  • princess | April 30, 2013 1:25 PMReply

    hmmm.... I used to take acting classes with Lance. Very sweet guy. I think he's young that his talent can only get better. I think he was misused in those Tyler Perry shows because he has a pretty face. Comedy is clearly not his strength, but I do think he will surprise people when they see him do drama. He would play an excellent bad guy, but might never get the chance because of his looks.

  • Velma | May 3, 2013 8:13 AM

    What about his looks? He ain't all that.

  • valleychick | May 3, 2013 1:48 AM

    agreed I enjoy when he has to play a little drama more so than the comedy. I believe he has potential he just needs the right role.

  • Jc | April 30, 2013 11:14 AMReply

    Thank god he didn't get the part. I've never been a fan of his so called, acting. Columbus Short is an amazing actor and he is perfect for Harrison. Shonda knew what she was doing!

  • Masha Dowell | April 30, 2013 1:41 AMReply

    I am a supporter of Lance's career and I wish him well. Derek Luke was great as Diddy, and Columbus is amazing in Scandal.

  • beemooree | April 30, 2013 12:04 AMReply

    i find this hard to believe. I'm a fan of lance however, i was at the sagfoundation panel in LA with the cast of scandal and it was stated by the cast and columbus that shonda offered columbus the role and he didn't audition for it.

  • valleychick | May 3, 2013 1:51 AM

    Jug thats an HR tactic. Businesses do it all of the time.

  • Jug | April 30, 2013 1:41 PM

    Yes. Matter of fact, that's more of the standard than you think. There is a straight offer made and then there are auditions held to cover their ass, in case the first/second/third choices pass.

  • The Answer | April 30, 2013 12:29 AM

    Both can be true. Auditions happen all the time for roles that end up being offered out. Allllll the time.

  • ALM | April 29, 2013 9:22 PMReply

    Lance is gorgeous, but I can't see him as Harrison. Hold on a minute.....nope, still don't see it.

  • Shonda Says | April 29, 2013 10:15 PM

    "@shondarhimes: @thejasminebrand Many many actors of all colors lost the role to Columbus. We saw a lot of people."

  • Anonymous | April 29, 2013 8:39 PMReply

    Whose Lance Gross?

  • Anonymous | April 29, 2013 6:54 PMReply

    JDB, thank you for saying that. I concur. And I'll leave it at that.

    We complain that "we" aren't represented, but when our fellow men and women get some light, we just throw shade. Smh.

  • Anonymouse | April 29, 2013 7:46 PM

    quality over quantity

  • Akimbo | April 29, 2013 6:08 PMReply

    Funny. His entire career is based on Tyler Perry's work and the fact that he's now somebody. I know a couple people who got close on his role for this new pilot, but lost out simply because they weren't names. Unless the supporting cast and writing are superb, I'm talking heavy-hitting Emmy winners, his show is going nowhere. If Meagan Goode can barely carry a show (granted the writing was bad), no way in hell can Lance Gross. He's just lucky Columbus, Pooch, Brian White, Laz, and Mechad already have gigs and the rest of his peers are chasing film careers. Let one of them become available or someone else decide to do TV; the role would get recast so quick!

  • Nadia | April 29, 2013 6:25 PM

    Well damn! Lol!

  • Darkan | April 29, 2013 5:49 PMReply

    I love how he leaves off saying "I'm going after Denzel's spot." SMDH. Sorry Lance, you'll never come close. You don't have the depth or chops necessary and Denzel is way out of your league. Stay in your lane with fluff films. That's more you. Continued success to you on that.

  • Ghost | April 29, 2013 7:45 PM

    It's not about Lance staying in his lane but don't aim for Denzel's spot-make your own spot. Be your own person. Jamie & Monique lucked out and got the perfect roles that showcased their skills. Lance issue is he needs to expand beyond Mr. Perry. Like it or not there is still a sigma working on just Tyler's stuff. Lance still has a long way to go.

  • Darkan | April 29, 2013 7:26 PM

    Its one thing to say you're inspired to be like someone than it is to say you're taking a spot JDB. We all know that for years Denzel was known for wanting to have achieved Sidney Portier's level of success but you never heard Denzel say he wants Sidney's spot! Denzel made his own mark because he was talented enough to!

  • Akimbo | April 29, 2013 6:15 PM

    I'm sorry JDB, I'm neither the biggest Mo'nique nor Jamie Foxx fan, but they have always been, at very least, believable actors. I may not think they're great, but I trust them to get the job done. Lance belongs to the Jennifer Nicole Freeman "I'm Cute And I Might Just Get My Lines Right" school of acting; Oscar-winning, international movie star is not in the cards for him. It's like Soulja Boy saying he's "coming" for Luther Vandross. Oh really?

  • JDB | April 29, 2013 6:09 PM

    Wow. There's so much hate on this site sometimes. How you gonna tell the man to stay in his lane? Denzel is the #1 black man in the acting world as far as box office, awards, and recognition. All actors should be going for that spot. And you never know what can happen down the line. Did anyone expect Jamie to be as big as he is back when he was doing the Jamie Foxx show. Hell, did people expect Mo'Nique to win an Oscar back when she was doing the Parkers? I'm sure glad they didn't listen to people telling them to "stay in their lane".

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