The last time many people saw Quincy Crosby was during his final high school football game at Ford Field back in 2012, when the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder was a senior captain for 马斯基根 High School.
Chances are most didn’t notice him, since he was doing the unheralded dirty work as the starting center for the Big Reds, who lost a 35-28 heartbreaker to Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice that day in the MHSAA Division 2 Final.
The next time many see Crosby, he will be front and center, and impossible to miss, showing off an entirely different skill set.
Crosby, 24, has transformed from bruising lineman to up-and-coming Hollywood star, who last year landed a dream role as Michigan’s own Earvin “Magic” Johnson in the upcoming HBO series focusing on the Los Angeles Lakers’ “Showtime” era of the 1980s.
“我刚刚从马斯基根一个孩子;现在我玩上一个电视节目的魔力。多么酷啊？” Crosby说，谁是他的准备天后踢足球，是卡拉马祖学院大剧院。 “我想这是大破我一直在等待我的整个生命。每一个部分我没有得到很值得获得这一个。”
展会上，正由前湖人队制造出色里克 - 福克斯，最初名为“欣欣”。但是当它是由HBO，与欣欣一个竞争的网络拾起名擦洗。现在，该系列由通用的，称为“无题湖人的项目。”
该系列拥有一些大牌明星，包括约翰·C·。赖利的杰里 - 巴斯，所罗门休斯贾巴尔和杰森·克拉克是杰里·韦斯特。在演员名单，克罗斯比他昆西以赛亚的艺名去 - 这是他的名字和中间名，分别。
The series was expected to debut this month to coincide with the NBA Finals, but production delays due to Covid-19 and the suspension and uncertainty of the NBA season have pushed that tentative starting date back to June, 2021.
克罗斯比降落部分在去年6月初，在此之后公布的日子里，他去了NBA总决赛，在那里狐狸把他介绍给名人像杰伦·罗斯，杰里 - 韦斯特和普通的游戏5。然后，他在拉斯维加斯挂出了一段NBA夏季联赛比赛，那里的观星继续。他还没有满足的魔法，但预计很快发生。
“Everyone is telling me this is a game-changer, that this is going to be huge,” Crosby said. “I’m just so thankful for the opportunity.”
马斯基根 High School football coach Shane Fairfield wasn’t surprised to learn that his former team captain and three-year varsity player had earned a leading role in a television show – but as a basketball star?
“I said: ‘Basketball? You ain’t got no game!” Fairfield said with a laugh. “But the reality is, that role was kind of made for him. Quincy has that charisma and that big, amazing smile, just like Magic.”
Crosby’s transition from one of the “Brothers of Destruction” on the Big Reds’ offensive line to thespian actually began a few months after that crushing loss to Brother Rice.
But that spring, in a stroke of fortune, the school was selected in NBC’s 2013 “Smash” Make A Musical contest and awarded funding to put on the classic musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
Crosby said theater director Karli Baldus talked him into trying out for the show, and he landed the comical part of Ching Ho.
“I caught the bug, big time,” Crosby recalled with a laugh. “I thought it was the best thing.”
He also noticed parallels right away with football, with both requiring hours and hours of practice and repetition in preparation for game time – or show time.
Crosby took acting classes at Kalamazoo, but due to football, never had enough time to be part of the big productions.
That all changed after performing a sketch in his television production class his junior year. He got pulled aside by his professor, who told Crosby he saw major acting potential in him and encouraged him to get more involved his senior year.
Shortly after graduating from K-College in 2017 with a theater degree, Crosby made his way to Hollywood to pursue his acting dream, only to find it was a bumpy road – to say the least.
Crosby was able to land small roles in short productions like “Corporate Coffee” and “Anomaly,” but his bid for major roles was met by rejection after rejection.
In those moments, he said, his background as an offensive lineman at 马斯基根 got him through.
“我学会了在马斯基根拥抱研磨踢足球，” Crosby说，德洛利斯的儿子克罗斯比和格雷戈里后期克罗斯比，当昆西刚刚3岁的谁死了。 “你知道，作为一个进攻架线工也有帮助。当事情出错，没有的好评，当事情吧，所以你要学会在你的泡沫和研磨只是留你得到指责“。
His Hollywood experience nearly ground to a halt in early 2019, and he was about to enlist in the Navy when his agent and fellow 马斯基根 native Terrance Williams helped him land the audition that would change his life.
“Walking out of the callback, the casting director told me to keep my phone close because that was a really good audition,” said Crosby.
The only thing left was a basketball audition with Fox in a high school gym, which clinched the role, Crosby said.
One benefit of the delay is that it has given Crosby time to watch reams of old Magic footage and try to capture his nuances – on and off the court.
“大约打魔术的好处是，有这么多的视频和他出去镜头在那里，” Crosby说。 “有这么多东西我拿起 - 他走路的样子和方式，他总是说句子后‘正确’的。我得到它好。”
“昆西是一个例子，我们的孩子，有这么多的途径走向成功，”费尔菲尔德说。 “让NFL是一个-IN-A-万元。我们强调的是，你把你所学的在这里 - 勤奋，自律，毅力，谦逊 - 你把它应用到你想在生活中做任何事情”
This is the first installment in a weekly summer “Made in Michigan” series catching up with this state's past high school athletes as they continue their stories.
Tom Kendra worked 23 years at The 马斯基根 Chronicle, including five as assistant sports editor and the final six as sports editor through 2011. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org with story ideas for 马斯基根, Oceana, Mason, Lake, Oceola, Mecosta and Newaygo counties.
相片： （上图）昆西·克罗斯比扮演魔术师约翰逊在即将到来的HBO系列。 （中）克罗斯比，现在从马斯基根高毕业后七年。 （如下图）克罗斯比，最右边，头到中场与队友在2012年第2分部决赛在福特前场掷硬币。 （昆西·克罗斯比的顶部和中间的照片礼貌。下面由蒂姆·赖利照片）。