Originally, Paul was not a character being cast for. However, the producers were impressed with E. Roger Mitchell's performance that the character Paul was created for him, after he did not get the role of "Citizen" that he auditioned for.
E. Roger Mitchell grew up in Miami, Florida, but now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a B.A. in English and Drama from the Claflin University, in the Class of 1993. Roger was named in the Who's Who Among Americas Colleges and Universities in 1992. He then continued his education at the Alliance Theatre Professional Actor Internship and later earned Master of Fine Arts in Acting from CUNY Brooklyn (City University of New York), in the Class of 1999.
Roger is currently performing in the Horizon Theatre World Premiere of Sheddin and has most recently been seen in Flying West at Theatre in the Square, the World Premiere of The Green Book at Theatrical Outfit, Every Tongue Confess at Arena Stage, in August Wilson's Jitney, Gem of the Ocean, and Cuttin' Up at the Alliance Theatre (2007 Tony Award-Best Regional Theatre Company), A Confederacy of Dunces and Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited (Suzi Award, Best Lead Actor 2010) at Theatrical Outfit, Miss Evers Boys and Ceremonies In Dark Old Men at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre, and A Cool Drink of Water at Horizon Theatre.
He has also appeared in the following:
- How I Spent My Summer Vacation as Joseph
- The Legend of Bagger Vance as Aaron
- Losing Grace as Chuck
- S.W.A.T as Agent Kirkland
- Trust as Myles
- NY's Dirty Laundry as Mike
- The Crazies as Fire Chief Tom
- The Next Day as Jake
- Flight as Craig Matson
- The Last Exorcism Part II as Jeffrey
- Hunger Games:Catching Fire as Chaff