Exclusive: CBS Training Day, Star Justin Cornwell says, “Many hours of weapons training and fight prep”

Justin Cornwell and Bill Paxton

Starting 15 years after the film ended, Training Day premieres on CBS Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/2/2 – “I had many hours of weapons training and fight prep with our stunt choreographer. I also did ride-alongs with LAPD,” says Training Day star Justin Cornwell. “For this character, I believe I have maybe the most similar perspective than other characters I’ve played. But, there are always similarities and difference when you break down each character.”

 

Cornwell was previously in Empire and Chicago PD.

“How is this role different from roles in Empire and Chicago PD?,” says Cornwall. “The size for one! Those roles I had one or two scenes.”

On working with different directors… “Each person has their own method,” says Cornwall. “It takes patience to adapt to the pace of each person. To me, that is the beautiful thing, being able to discover different processes. For this character, I believe I have maybe the most similar perspective than other characters I’ve played. But, there are always similarities and difference when you break down each character.”

What has Cornwall learned from Bill Paxton? “How to grind. Day in and day out, TV hours for leads are quite grueling. On days when the subject matter is heavy, or the script isn’t springing to life through you…to still you self and tether yourself to the ground. He has a career longer than my life. It’s such a great person to guide me early in my career.”

After a hard day of shooting Cornwall likes to hang with friends or make music. You can check out some of his music at Soundcloud Justin-michael-cornwell.

Justin Cornwell is Kyle Craig a young cop who’s good and moral he’s picked join an LAPD undercover elite squad. His father had been a cop too. He’s hoping to avenge his father’s death. Lex Scott Davis is Alyse school teacher and Kyles wife. She’s concerned that her husbands obsession will bring him down.

Bill Paxton is Frank Rourke a veteran in Special Investigation Section (S.I.S.) the LAPD squad Klye has just joined. The two are as different as night and day and get partnered together. Rourke has been operating a bit outside of the department’s rules the top brass are looking for Kyle to watch him and report his unorthodox methods.

Other members of Franks team who are loyal to him include Katrina Law as Rebecca Lee who’s own dark past keeps her on Franks team. She’s also a great shot. Drew Van Acker is Tommy Campbell who follows Frank’s directives without hesitation. Julie Benz is Holly Butler Franks girlfriend and Hollywood Madam who’s very well connected around town.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste is Joy Lockhart LAPD deputy chief. She wants answers about Frank’s conduct and chooses Kyle without consideration for the danger she’s putting him in. Frank takes the young idealistic cop under his wing and teaches him the ways of the streets. As they work together they form an uneasy alliance.

Training Day stars Bill Paxton (Det. Frank Rourke), Justin Cornwell (Det. Kyle Craig), Katrina Law (Rebecca Lee), Drew Van Acker (Tommy Campbell), Lex Scott Davis (Alyse Craig), Julie Benz (Holly Butler), Christina Vidal (Det. Valeria Chavez) and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Deputy Chief Joy Lockhart) Executive Producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Kristianne Reed, Antoine Fuqua, Will Beall, Barry Schindel, Jonathan Littman and Danny Cannon. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. Based on the feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.

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