OCTOBER IS A big month for multihyphenate actor-producer-writer-director Scott Haze. The Dallas native has three films releasing this month, marking a momentous turning point in his career.
There’s Only the Brave, based on a June 2013 fire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters, in which he co-stars alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin. Then there’s Thank You for Your Service, another true story, about a group of U.S. soldiers battling post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Iraq. But the movie most dear to him is Mully, a documentary on African philanthropist Charles Mully, who founded the largest children’s rescue, rehabilitation and development organization in Africa. “The reason why October means the most to me is [that] a movie I directed—that can change the world—is released this month,” he says. Haze, who likens Mully to modern-day heroes such as Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa, both directed and produced the film.
These three nonfiction stories are set to make Haze a notable Hollywood player, but coming back to Texas is key. “There’s a mentality in Texas that can really inspire,” he says. The die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan still feels nostalgic for Big D and fondly remembers his Lone Star State upbringing and the high school plays that started his own personal journey to stardom.