TheThings had the pleasure of chatting with Gotham star David Mazouz for an exclusive interview to discuss the Brake It Down campaign from earlier in the year. Over the summer, Mazouz partnered up with DoSomething.org and Chevrolet to shoot a promo video in order to raise road safety awareness.
Along with discussing the road safety campaign as well as Mazouz recently becoming a licensed driver which is new and exciting, we couldn't help but talk to him about his comedy skills. The promo video, which can be seen in our exclusive interview, features Mazouz alone acting as four pairs of interesting characters - drivers and passengers. We found ourselves laughing out loud while watching the video which made us realize that Mazouz has a wide range of acting skills since he is best known for playing young Bruce Wayne on Fox's Gotham, a serious role.
We had to ask if Mazouz has a preference for drama or comedy. It's obvious that he excels at drama but it's also clear from the Brake It Down video that he has comedic skills as well. When we asked if he enjoys both genres equally, Mazouz said that he does but he doesn't get the chance to do as much comedy.
"I did an episode of Mike & Molly which was my third theatrical thing ever when I was 9 and I still remember it so vividly, it was so much fun and I don’t have a good memory, I don’t remember a lot of things so that’s saying a lot," Mazouz said. "It was really a fantastic experience. Even more so, I did an episode of The Office around the same time, I think I was still 9, the same year and that was so much fun. We did a lot of improv."
It was 2011 when he appeared in Season 8 of The Office on a Halloween episode called "Spooked." The then-9 -year-old played the son of Robert California (who was portrayed by James Spader). Mazouz's character became fast friends with Dwight Schrute and the two played video games together after poking fun at Jim.
"I was working with Rainn Wilson a lot and those guys are so nice and so funny," Mazouz told us. "It was a dream team for sure. I’ve always enjoyed making people laugh but I would say that my drama skills are probably more fine-tuned than my comedic skills just because I’ve been on Gotham like you said, it’s very serious, for five years and I was on Touch for two years before that and I’ve done a lot of dramatic movies."
While we love watching the edgy drama Gotham, we hope that Mazouz gets the chance to work in comedy more frequently. He's a pretty funny guy!
"It’s just a muscle and I’ve gotten to work it more," Mazouz said. "But I would love to do comedy. I love it. I don’t think I could pick one over the other. This campaign was really fun to do because I hadn’t done it in so long. It was nice to get that comedic break."