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another article on Rossif.

Music was Rossif Sutherland's dream
By LIZ BRAUN -- Sun Media

For a guy who never really wanted to be an actor, Rossif Sutherland is mighty impressive as the star of Poor Boy's Game.

Sutherland, 29, is the son of Donald Sutherland (and brother of Kiefer) and seems to have inherited his father's talent and his height -- the fledgling actor is six-foot-five.

In Poor Boy's Game, Clement Virgo's drama about racial tension in Halifax, Sutherland plays a working-class boxer and ex-con who learns to reject the violence and prejudice of his background. His performance is a highlight of the movie, which also stars Danny Glover and Laura Regan.

Sutherland has had a few small film roles and a recurring role in TV's ER back in 2004. Still, for a long time he thought of himself first and foremost as a singer/songwriter. He says, "The idea of becoming an actor was something I resisted very much when I was a child. I wanted to do my own thing and I didn't understand acting. I thought it was simply pretending to be somebody else. I didn't know why I would spend my life pretending to be someone else when what was really exciting me was the idea of potentially finding out who I was. And that's why I wrote songs and short stories."

Music still occupies him when he's not working as an actor, says Sutherland. He started acting by accident while he was studying philosophy at Princeton. He agreed to direct a short student film as a favour to another student, but wound up acting in the movie as well.

"And when I showed the film to my father, who's an actor himself, he was the one who told me that's what I should do with my life."

(It seems comical that Sutherland would explain who his father is, but this guy takes nothing for granted and is unfailingly polite. Just so you know.)

Sutherland says of his childhood, "I grew up with artists, with people who dream for a living and make it very real. To be able to grow up in that environment, where art is celebrated, and where there's also the possibility of being an artist yourself ..." He continues, "My father keeps saying how proud he is of me, and that, more than anything else, is what really gives me the drive to continue. It's not always an easy journey. I've lived in Los Angeles for five years now, and I still have trouble feeling at home there ... I've been to a lot of acting classes and met a lot of people who have the same dream, but a lot of them seem to be doing it for other reasons. Kids want to be famous and drive fancy cars and have the big house. Me, I'm just madly in love with my job. That's what turns me on."