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Look for Drew Powell '98 in Remake of Straw Dogs

August 8, 2011

100339August 8, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Offering advice to those considering acting as a profession, Drew Powell says, "First and foremost, if it’s something you really want to do -- you got to have a gut check. You’ve got to make sure it’s what you really want to do. And this was told me before I came to Hollywood, a mentor of mine said, ‘Look, if there’s anything else you can do and be happy and fulfilled, go do that.’ " 

Powell, a 1998 graduate of DePauw University, portrays "Bic" in a remake of the 1971 film Straw Dogs (seen in top photo). Also featuring Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden, and Kate Bosworth, the movie will arrive in theaters next month. 

He says, "Being an actor is a tough road to hoe, but if you can actually face that question and know that there’s nothing else that will feed you like acting, then go for it and go for it with your whole heart and soul. And that was great advice for me, and I would give that same advice to anyone else because something a lot people want to do and not very many people get the opportunity to do -- it’s a tough thing." (photo at right: Powell on the set of TV's Memphis Beat with fellow guest star 100338Eric Jungmann)

Powell's resume includes appearances in Malcolm in the Middle, CSI, Ponderosa, The Office, 1408, House, Leverage, Psych, Memphis Beat and ER. He adds, "Work hard and be honest with yourself -- a lot of actors aren’t honest with themselves. They’re a character actor but they want to be the leading man, and they’re not honest with their abilities and their skills -- so be honest with yourself and give it your all. In the end, if it’s what you’re meant to do, then you’ll do it."

Read an interview with Powell here.

Drew Powell also recently performed in The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway and will be seen in an upcoming Kurt Russell film, Touchback. The 1998 DePauw University graduate, who was an English (literature) major and Media Fellow, was featured in the Indianapolis Star in March.

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