Fisher at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||September 8, 1987 (age 30)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Known for||Victor Stone / Cyborg in the DC Extended Universe|
Ray Fisher (born September 8, 1987) is an American actor, who played on stage in the comedy The Good, the Bad, and the Confused, as Muhammad Ali in Will Power's play Fetch Clay, Make Man, and gained wider prominence as Victor Stone / Cyborg in the DC Extended Universe of feature films.
Fisher was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up in Lawnside, New Jersey and attended Haddon Heights High School. It was there that he was introduced to theatre by his high school English teacher. He was active in the school's theatre and choir program and sang in his church's choir. An English teacher introduced him to acting and he auditioned for a school musical in his sophomore year.
In 2008, Fisher began performing in the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's "Shakespeare Live" program, which presents professional theater performances at schools throughout the New York metropolitan area. He eventually obtained the role of Tom Robinson in the program's production of To Kill a Mockingbird, which he had first read in high school. On how he approached the role he stated...I tried to show his compassion. Here’s a guy who’s been in jail for seven months for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s had everything taken away from him. He can’t feed his wife. He can’t feed his kids. Yet he doesn’t badmouth anyone for what’s happened to him. Partly it’s because he can't. But I think that even when he’s alone, he doesn’t have bad thoughts about these people other than he’s sorry for them. That’s admirable. It’s a quality I wish I could say I had. I know if this happened today, I’d have a lot to say.”
In 2009, Fisher acted in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, New Jersey at Drew University. Fisher gained 20 pounds of muscle in order to portray Muhammad Ali in the 2013 Off-Broadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man at the New York Theatre Workshop in New York City going from 193 to 212 pounds. Fisher stated about his workout, "Ali never lifted weights. But he had a naturally bigger frame than I did, so in order for me to get to his size I had to lift — bench presses, curls, squats, calf raises. I had to get used to a new body."
Fisher had a cameo appearance as the superhero Victor Stone / Cyborg in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He reprised the role in the ensemble Justice League (2017), and will appear again in its sequel, as well as the upcoming film Flashpoint. He also has a contract to appear as the character in other films, including his own solo Cyborg film, scheduled for 2020. On getting cast, Fisher said, "I didn’t know the extent to which DC and WB had planned on taking my character. When I signed on, I just wanted to be part of this world. But that specific information, I found out then and there. I didn’t think I’d be getting my own stand-alone film. I'm a long-game player and didn’t see any of this happening until at least my 40's. It's a huge honor, but a bit of pressure comes along with it. My mind is just boggled right now." In an August 10, 2017 Instagram post, Fisher stated that he had gained 33 pounds of muscle for the role, going from "...a 190 lbs asthmatic goofball from Jersey into a 223 lbs asthmatic goofball from Jersey."
On November 9, 2017, Fisher appeared on the DC Movie News show on the Popcorn Talk YouTube channel. He stated how intense it was to reach the proper shape for the role, “I ended up being in the gym for two hours a day (for five days) a week for just about the duration of the shooting process.” He also had to consume three big meals and two small ones on a day, roughly equaling 3000 calories a day. Also, while on the show he revealed that he was six foot three.
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Victor Stone / Cyborg||Cameo|
|2015||The Astronaut Wives Club||Captain Edward Dwight||Episode: "In the Blind"|
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