Cast of Power On The Cover of Vibe
The Cast of Power graces the cover Vibe to talk about the upcoming season 3 of Power. Checkout the trailer, behind the scene shoots, and a few excerpts. To read the full article head over to Vibe
A new season of Power is on its way Sunday July 17 and only three words matter. Ghost. Must. Die.
VIBE: What is Omari Hardwick’s definition of loyalty? And what is Ghost’s definition?
Omari Hardwick: Omari Hardwick’s definition of loyalty would definitely be if you’ve been down for me when it was really rough, if you checked for me when I was trying to figure out the terrain of that heavy-ass mountain and how to get up, if not to the top at least somewhat to a satisfactory place, then I’m rocking with you for life. Once you got me, you got me. Ghost, his definition is a little bit more self-serving.
So at the end of Season Two, Tommy and Ghost “break up,” if you will. Is Ghost/James/Jamie prepared to kill Tommy?
I don’t think he could ever do that. I think that’s what people root for. There’s always a twinkle of, like, ‘He can’t kill Tommy’—as our executive producer walks by right now Curtis [Jackson] is playing a character, in Kanan, that can do that. Kanan is a guy that separates himself from a lot of characters we see on dramas, on thrillers, on crime dramas because he is ruthless and could care less. He shot his son. Ghost could not only not shoot his son; he could not shoot his Caucasian brother Tommy Egan. He cannot. He might act like he can, but I don’t think he could ever come to that place.
VIBE: Tommy’s character is reactionary. When Ghost was thinking, he was the one making moves. Now that he has to be number one, will he learn something?
Joseph Sikora: I think one of the interesting aspects about Tommy is that his two biggest influences, in terms of the game, have been Kanan and Ghost. Kanan’s way, which is really more how we have seen Tommy operate in Season One and Season Two is very direct; you have to answer for what you have done. You made your bed, and I’m the one that is going to make you lie in it. And then the finesse of Ghost, thinking two steps ahead, making people believe that you’re going to do one thing, and then doing another. This is going to be the cohesion of those two ideas. This is going to be a season of realizations for Tommy, and a lot of those realizations are going to come from him saying: ‘You know what? How do I do this?’ and then realizing ‘I’ve been doing this. I’ve been operating by myself. I’ve been a boss.’
VIBE: Dre speaks a lot about loyalty, but doesn’t have much. How comfortable is Dre being number two?
Rotimi: Dre knows his position in the current moment. He still needs to learn a lot about the world he’s getting himself into. He’s very meticulous. He’s very to-the-point. He’s so brilliant that he’s willing to learn everything before he overtakes what’s in front of him. He can’t jump in and say, ‘I’m the man.’ You know, that’s a Kanan trait. But what he takes from Ghost is the fact that he knows he has to play certain positions to become king, and his loyalty is to himself and his daughter. Whatever can make his situation better, whatever can get him out of his situation with his child. So if it’s better to be with Ghost in this particular moment, then he’s going to do that. But we now know that Kanan is crazy! The fact that he could kill his own kid, that throws a red flag for Dre. So, now what’s option number two? Which is a better lifestyle? Which is safer for the kid? So his loyalty lies on his daughter, and he also goes to what makes sense for him. But he’s gonna play the two until it makes one.
Does Dre immediately earn Ghost’s trust, or is Dre going to have to earn some stripes?
In every situation, Ghost is standoffish to Dre because he knows what he’s capable of. He also knows he also worked with Kanan, so he can’t be fully trusted, but Ghost also knows that he needs him, and he’s shown that he can stand up by putting a gun to Tommy’s head in time. Ghost sees elements of himself in Dre, and that’s why he doesn’t trust him.
VIBE: How is 50 Cent different from Kanan?
Curtis Jackson: It’s an extreme difference because Kanan is on one track. It’s just the hustler, street mentality. Those laws apply to Kanan, and he’s a guy that’s been incarcerated and hasn’t made any adjustments during that time frame; he just got more advanced at the criminal behavior, slicker energy. It’s no difference between the CEO of a corporate company and Kanan. He sees an option of acquiring your business by killing you. That cold-blooded instinct is in that guy who’s in the corporate space because he doesn’t care if everyone in your organization doesn’t have any way to eat. You see what I’m saying? The laws of what you do and don’t do in that lifestyle are very basic, and you learn really fast. The requirements aren’t very much. You don’t need a…