With an acting career that consists at least 45 years on television and in films, Frankie Faison has found his new favorite role as Ron Davis in NBC’s newest series “The Village.”
The series follows a group of friends and neighbors who occupy a brownstone in Brooklyn, capturing how these different ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds co-exist as a community.
“It’s a show that includes everybody,” Faison said. “The youngest is like a six or seven-year-old kid and the oldest is an 88-year-old man. Within that space, there’s a whole lot of stuff and there’s room for things that have happened in the past and things that are happening now.”
In “The Village,” Faison’s character Ron is the superintendent of the building and considered the glue which holds everyone together.
“He’s just this happy-go-lucky, really loving man who loves helping people, who loves helping his neighbor, who loves caring for the people in this building,” Faison said.
“He’s a breath of fresh air, he’s a spark of positiveness. It’s hard to find negative qualities in Ron, something that you would dislike.”
While Faison is known mostly for his roles in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.” Eddie Murphy’s 1998 film “Coming to America,” among a host of other big and small screen appearances, this time he’s working alongside actors Daren Kagasoff, Jerod Haynes, and Lorraine Toussaint who plays his wife Patricia Davis.
“I want people to stand at attention and embrace the show for the humor it has and also for the honesty and truth that it has,” Faison said.
“If this show can continue along that path and the audience relate to that I will be the happiest man in the world.”
NBC’s “The Village” appears on TV weekly, Tuesday’s at 10/9c.