Mason lands principal role in new film

Brian Mason

Just one major motion picture couldn’t contain a Grady County native, who has danced his way from a role in the new “Footloose” remake to an even bigger role in another big movie.
Brian Mason, a 2001 Cairo High School graduate, recently learned he landed a principal role in “Pitch Perfect,” a major Hollywood movie that will tell the story of two collegiate a capella groups.
Mason, 28, will be a principal singer/dancer/actor in one of the main a capella groups in the movie, although he is not yet sure how many, if any, speaking lines he will have, as he has not yet seen a script. He will fly to Baton Rouge, La., Oct. 16 to begin filming.
“Pitch Perfect” will be the second major motion picture in which Mason is a principal performer. He is a featured dancer in “Footloose,” a movie to be released in theaters Oct. 15 that tells the story of city boy Ren McCormack’s rebellious antics in a small town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing have been banned.
“’Footloose’ was a big deal, because I was considered a principal and got definite screen time, but this is a step up for me from ‘Footloose,’” Mason says. He auditioned for the role in “Pitch Perfect” several weeks ago.
“I was pretty shocked, because I thought I hadn’t gotten it (the part in ‘Pitch Perfect)’ . Usually they let you know within a week or so, but it had been almost three weeks. I was on the phone with a friend and told him I didn’t have my heart set on getting the part, even though I felt good about my audition, and then my agent beeped in and told me I got the part,” Mason says.
Mason was born and raised in Grady County and began dancing, acting and singing here in two local dance academies and in musical theater productions of the Washington Middle School and CHS drama clubs.
He attended Oklahoma City University’s world renowned performing arts school and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s in performing arts and dance performance.
He later worked as a performer on cruise ships and in various other gigs all over the country.
Mason’s parents are John Mason of Cairo and Dena Bayne of South Carolina.

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