Why Laurence Fishburne is back in Atlanta

Georgia native Laurence Fishburne has a long and impressive list of film credits including a number of Atlanta-filmed projects, “Passengers,” “Contagion” and “Ride Along” among them. Now he’s back for Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” He plays Bill Foster/Goliath in the super hero movie due out next year.

Earlier this year Fishburne, who is from Augusta, was honored at UNICEF’s Evening for Children First gala. He has served as a UNICEF Ambassador since 1996 and traveled the world visiting programs the organization supports. In 1999, Fishburne narrated the UNICEF video “The State of the World’s Children.” The following year he was honored with the Child Survival Award, established by UNICEF and The Carter Center.

“It’s one of the things I’m most proud of in my life that doesn’t have to do with my work as an actor,” Fishburne told us on the UNICEF gala’s “blue carpet” the night of the gala. “The future doesn’t just belong to the future. The children are the future.”

During a little downtime, Fishburne enjoyed dinner at Umi the other night.

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