Hometown actor hits the big screen

Hometown actor Zerrick Deion Williams hits the big screen

By Shannon Sneed


Putnam County native Zerrick Deion Williams has a supporting role in the recently released box office comedy “Game Night,” starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

Williams, the son of Clemmie T. and Mamie Williams, plays Val, a hired thug who, along with his costar, Josh Mikel, from “The Walking Dead,” kidnaps Bateman’s character’s brother, portrayed by Kyle Chandler.

A Putnam County High School graduate -- Class of 1993, Williams showed a wide range of acting abilities as he executed some scenes that called for a menacing representation before moving on to other scenes that called for a comedic flair.

A music entertainment management major from the Art Institute of Atlanta, Williams started acting around 1997, predominantly in stage plays at that time; but then, taking advantage of his musical talent, he began applying those skills to his music career, working with such greats as Dottie Peebles and Keith Sweat.

By 2007, he found himself again focusing on acting -- this time in the film industry.

After performing in several independent films, Williams, landed the part of a homeless man in 2016 on the FX Network show “Atlanta,” created by Donald Glover.

Williams said his first love was music and, although he is most recognized for his music talents, he always wanted to entertain and create characters to make people laugh.

An honor roll student at PCHS, Williams’ achievements have been showcased in The Eatonton Messenger since he was in kindergarten, where his athleticism was discovered during field day events. Williams played football for PCHS and served as an officer in the 4-H Club, competing in performing arts projects and winning awards for his musical talent. He also participated in the annual University of Georgia Choral Clinic and Voice Competition.

During his high school years, Williams and his brother, Derrick Williams, the late Casey Robbie Reid Jr., Douglas Smith and Torrey Stinson had a band called “Full Deck.”

Williams, who is married to Jozette Williams, noted that he pursues acting with motivation and dedication to his craft.

“What you put in the universe, you will get back,” he said in an interview last week with The Messenger. “Don’t let anything stop you.”

Noting he is excited that Atlanta is now the No. 1 place for film, which created a lot of jobs in the area, Williams said with the opening of several new studios in and around the metro area, including Pinewood Atlanta Studios, Three Ring Studios in Covington and Tytan Pictures in Eatonton, he is seeing doors opening for people with all kinds of talent.

“Note to whoever is aspiring to be actors, singers or performers, it’s never too late or too early to start pursuing your dream,” he advised. “Everybody has a purpose that God has given them, just work hard on the journey, and always be humble and grateful.”

Some of Williams’ other films include Sunday Morning and 15 Minutes. He has also appeared on Swamp Murders on the ID channel.

His performance in Game Night” can currently be seen at Parkside Main 8 in Greensboro and AMC Classic Theater in Milledgeville.

According to the film synopsis, the movie follows Max, played by Bateman, and Annie, played by McAdams, whose usual weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's brother Brooks, portrayed by Chandler, arranges a murder mystery party -- complete with fake thugs, played by Williams and Mikel, and federal agents.

So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it's all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.



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