Casting was everything. I felt that with a good script and a good cast, everything else would fall into place. Casting took a really long time. I got a lot of help from a lot of friends who I’ve made over the years in the advertising business. The person who took the longest to cast was the lead actor Isaiah Whitlock, who played Bob, the older barber, because I was very particular on how I wanted him to look and how I wanted him to sound. I didn’t want to go with the typical stereotypical old Southern black man who lived up north telling wives’ tales. I wanted him to be urban yet still with wisdom and a mother wit that he could impart upon the kid who walks into his barbershop.
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