Mekhi Phifer is one of the bigger stars in the upcoming dystopian young adult adaptation “Divergent,” but don’t expect to see him too much in the first movie. According to the actor, his character Max, the leader of Dauntless, will have a much bigger role in the anticipated “Divergent” sequels, “Insurgent” and “Allegiant.”
“You’ll definitely see Max in the movie. I make a lot of little speeches and things like that, lead and sort of delegate and things like that,” Phifer tells Zap2it at San Diego Comic-Con of his “Divergent” role. “The first book and the first film is really more about establishing characters.”
He continues, “I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with him in ‘Insurgent,’ because after talking to my director Neil [Burger], he’s telling me, ‘We have got some great stuff that Max does as the leader.’ I’m looking forward to that. I mean, I do some cool stuff, but not at the magnitude of what Theo [James] and obviously Shailene [Woodley] had to do.”
Even though Phifer only has a limited role in “Divergent,” he still has a few scenes that he can’t wait to show audiences that he shared with Zap2it.
“Without spoiling too much, there’s a little bit of a fight scene that we have, guns and things like that. I got to make some cool speeches and do some fun stuff, but like I said I think we’re going to hold off on Max a little bit until two,” he says, adding of “Divergent’s” exciting elements, “The dynamic of the cast, what Neil’s vision was, all of the great CGI stuff and the wonderful production values of the sets and just the magnitude of the film. I think that people are going to be really receptive.”
Like “The Hunger Games” before it, “Divergent” is a politically charged story. But Phifer finds that aspect of the story to be timeless instead of timely.
“Politics is been going on since the dawn of man, really. It is a very interesting political atmosphere right now in the world and in America in particular, but I don’t think that’s ever going to stop, so I think this is a very timeless film in that regard,” he says.
“Divergent” hits theaters on March 21, 2014.