LaMonica Garrett On New Film: "It's Non-Stop Action"

Garrett discussed his new film, "Primal," starring Nicolas Cage

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November 08, 2019 - 11:58 am
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Actor LaMonica Garrett dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his new film, Primal, which follows a big-game hunter, Nicolas Cage, who is shipping exotic and deadly animals from the Amazon. A political assassin also happens to be on board.

Things, well, get wild.

“It’s one of those fun, old-school action thrillers,” Garrett said on Ferrall on the Bench. “You see the setup happening. You have a psychotic killer on this ship that you have to transport, it’s claustrophobic, it’s small – okay, let’s throw in a bunch of wild, predatory animals. What could go wrong? And of course, everything does go wrong. That’s the popcorn-movie factor of it. You go, you check out and you’re entertained for 97 minutes with a fun twist in the end. It’s non-stop action. It was so much fun to film it.”

Garrett, 44, thoroughly enjoyed working with Cage.

“I grew up watching all of his movies,” Garrett said. “Finally getting to meet him, I never thought I’d work with him, but just meeting him was great. He’s a great dude, and working with him, he’s the most professional actor I’ve ever worked with. He was the nicest guy, but he was a great actor’s actor as well. The whole set – Michael Imperioli, Kevin Durand, Famke Janssen – the cast was amazing. We all bonded out there. When you’re shooting on location away from everything you know, you kind of gel together. When we weren’t shooting, we were out hanging out and just taking in the island, taking in San Juan.”

Garrett’s credit list is extensive. He has starred in Sons of Anarchy and Designated Survivor, among other series.

“It’s a blessing, definitely,” Garrett said. “It takes a while to get to the point where you’re on multiple shows and films and everything like that. Once you do get on, it’s like all the years you were sleeping on your friends’ couches, it pays off in the end. It’s definitely a blessing, and I don’t take it for granted.”

If you’re curious, Garrett was named after former Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica, but he doesn’t bleed silver and black.

“I’m a Niner fan,” he said. “It’s hard because when I’m around Raider fans and they hear my name, they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, you’re one of us!’ Slow down. I like the Raiders, but I grew up behind Candlestick. I’m Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Tom Rathman, Jerry Craig, Jerry Rice – those are my guys.”