Omar Benson Miller is enjoying fall.
Miller is starrring in two major feature films this month, including Spike Lee's war epic "Miracle at St. Anna, which opens Friday, and "The Express," which will be released on Oct.10. Both films are inspired by real events. "Miracle" is based on a black combat unit fighting in Italy during WWII, and "Express" is the story of Ernie Davis, the first black Heisman Trophy winner.
Miller plays a compassionate, G0d-fearing soldier from the South who takes pity on an orphaned Italian boy in "Miracle," and Davis's Syracuse University teammate and best friend in "Express." When asked if this was indeed the "Year of O," the 6-foot-6 Miller chuckled and said,"I'll receive that!
"So far outside of the wonderful experience I had shooting 'Miracle at St. Anna,' in comparison to the very difficult experience that we had shooting 'The Express'--which was a very mentally and physically taxing film to make--so far this experience has changed my life," Miller said. "The prestige and profile of these two films seems to be on a level that I've never experienced before."
Being a rising star is taking a lot out of the big fella from L.A., who used to play hoops and baseball before getting into acting at San Jose State. The promotional travel schedule for both films has taken him around the world in less than 18 days.
"It's exhausting, but I'm not complaining," Miller said. "These are my prayers being answered day-by-day."