Young Ahmad from 'Soul Food' Is All Grown up Now
Brandon Hammond stole hearts when he played Ahmad in “Soul Food.” Now well grown, it is indeed amazing to find that he has been doing so well despite being out of the limelight.
The actor rose to fame after playing the role of Ahmad in the 1997 American drama, “Soul Food.” He was a crucial part of the cast because the viewers watched all through his eyes. Hammond did an excellent job playing his role, and that remains his most recognized work till date.
"SOUL FOOD'S" IMPACT ON HIS CAREER
While speaking in an interview with "Essence," Hammond revealed that even when he thought his “Soul Food” shine was long gone, he still got members of the young generation sending him messages to applaud his work playing the lovable character.
WHAT HAS HE BEEN UP TO?
Following Soul Food, young Hammond would go on to star in a few more movies like it. He did a terrific job playing Ahmad so much that it seemed to limit the scope of his career. When asked about this, he said:
“I would say obviously it’s my most recognizable role. I do get recognized for other things I did. Whenever I see someone, that’s the first thing they say. I think it’s very flattering.”
He went on to disclose that he was once approached to make the award-winning film into a TV series but had declined because it would only have gotten him “pigeonholed.”
“They approached me to do Soul Food the TV show, but for whatever reason, it didn’t work out. I think that if I had done the show, it would have made things a little worse in terms of being pigeonholed,” Hammond said.
Some two decades after playing Ahmad, we find that the school film graduate has grown into full adulthood and is now a certified platinum member of the beard gang. He littered his Instagram page with numerous photos showing off his bubbly self. It is indeed exciting for fans of “Soul Food” to find him so grown!
WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES
When it comes to his career in the film industry, Hammond has stuck to working behind the scenes on his projects since his last film appearance in 2002. The 35-year-old revealed to sources saying:
“I’ve done a lot of things behind the scenes — writing and directing. I’ve done a few short films as a writer and director. Right now, my friends and I are creating this TV show idea that I’ve written the script for. We hope to present the idea as a webisode series as a 30-minute half-hour show called The Biz. That’s been my focus now.”
While we would have loved to see more of him on screen, what is most important is that he is happy and we hope he enjoys the best in what he has chosen to do.