Before the event, Haysbert chatted via phone about his childhood and his new movie, "The Details," due out Nov. 2.
How did you get involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America?
This is the first time they asked me to participate, but I'm always willing to do something for children, the elderly and those who can't protect themselves. I come from a poor family, and growing up, it truly took a village to watch over the kids in my neighborhood. But I always felt a strong sense of community because if any of the children did something wrong, someone would tell the parents. I would advise a single parent, or someone who had to leave their child unattended, to get their child involved in an after-school activity such as the Boys and Girls Club. Latchkey children can get themselves in precarious, dangerous situations.
Tell us about your new movie, "The Details." Judging from the trailer, it seems unlike any role you've played before.
It's true — I haven't. My character Lincoln is the lone friend of Jeffrey [played by
And there is some award buzz surrounding the movie.
From your mouth to God's ears. [laughs] In all modesty, it really is a phenomenal movie with an all-star cast.
You mentioned you befriend Tobey Maguire in the flick. What does friendship mean to you?
That's a very good question. Friendship to me means loyalty, trust and the ability to be honest with each other, even if you know you may hurt the other person's feelings.