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Ser’Darius Blain Gains XP with Jumanji: The Next Level

What are you willing to do for a friend who seems lost; both in life and literally in game? For a group of friends, that answer is simple but comes at  heavy and adventure-worthy cost.

Jumanji: The Next Level reunites our four favorite teenagers who survived the trials of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as they return home to Brantford, New Hampshire from their respective colleges for the holiday break. Now college students, they’re trying to navigate the next level in their individual lives, which has caused them to drift part. Even though things aren’t the same, after Spencer is compelled to go back into the game, Martha, Fridge and Bethany must team up and re-enter the world of Jumanji on a daring rescue mission to bring Spencer home before it’s game over for them all.

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However, the game is broken, and is fighting back. Everything they know about Jumanji is about to change, as they discover there’s more to it than just a jungle; it’s bigger, more dangerous, and has more thrilling obstacles to overcome. This means anything can happen, things aren’t always what they appear to be, and they must rely on their strengths to navigate the changes to the game to get out alive and bring Spencer home safely

Playing into the world of wish fulfillment, and how we ultimately have one life to live and we should live that life to the best of our ability, The Next Level expands the world to include characters at different phases in their lives with the addition of Danny DeVito and Danny Glover.

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While the previous film allowed our characters to leave the world they knew behind and become someone else – an adventurer, a doctor, or a badass — this film has them coming to terms with who they are and how the game has changed them.

Fridge has gone from the Big Man on Campus at high school to the much bigger playing field of college football.  Getting used to a new place, a new team – a new world – has got to be a challenge, but becoming adapted to a new world is nothing Fridge hasn’t been through before.

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In the previous film, he was an avatar for Bethany, which made for hilarity as image-conscious teen queen found herself inhabiting the body of, as she put it, “an overweight, middle-aged man.” This time, Dr. Oberon serves as the avatar for Fridge, which brings fresh laughs, as the hulking athlete inhabits a body with considerably more physical limitations. Fridge’s frustration with being put into the Oberon avatar and his constant outbursts lead to serious laughs.

The Koalition spoke to Ser’Darius Blain (Fridge) about how the role of Fridge has impacted his life, his work ethic and more.

Check out our interview below.

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