Officer, Riley, Laura Harrier discussed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn


I think I think all with his an American hero during his investigation. There were no cross burnings there were no terrorist acts violent acts on in the community during that time. That's a big deal to me. That's a big deal because he wasn't trying to change the world. And it was also big deal that he had gotten great support from what officers, that's you know, that helped him in. This case wasn't just one man on a mission. You know, you know, is sending you know, movie wise, I'd have been convenient. But it wasn't and a spike held net. True to be. True in the film as well. So that that was a big deal to me. That's that's roic that he is has a job. And and I'm just glad because of the it's such a Hugh Neak case in story that I'm just so happy and proud to be a part of telling us story and a movie your character's girlfriend in the film is an activist who is opposed to the police in the United States pretty directly, and there were criticisms of the film, including from boots Riley who has been guest on this show. And is a guy I've known for a long time bay area. Right. Yeah. Exactly. Exactly. Total teenage hero of mine. And who who are critical of the idea that in a story about race in America. A police officer should be a hero. How did you feel about that was that something that you've thought about before that came up after the movie came out? No and sat out to boost Riley. I saw his film. And that was that was it was crazy, and we never seen anything like that. You know that was seen anything like it. And I think it's important that we're in a great time right now in film and cinema in this business that we're getting opportunities to to tell our stories in certain parts of the world. Certain communities are getting are stories out there that they're putting money. They're funding. These ideas in these these great writers and directors out there. So that's it's it's all positive, but it's forgive me. But I I don't wanna like I don't wanna give the impression that it's like a binary between this movie, and that movie because that I know how much boots admire Spike, Lee and his work, and how much about the film, he also admired. And he he made he worked very hard to to make that clear when he was being critical. Well, I again, I I kind of luted tutor earlier I before the research before I got, and I did another film. Call Mosser's and men, and I got to do ride alongs for about a month and a half and be with a lot of police officers of color. I didn't realize what they went through. You know? So like, Laura Harrier's character. I I would probably would have been more on that side until I got the full perspective fuller more clear perspective on what they do. There's a lot of you know, men and women in the minority that that are protecting serving that don't get. Thank you that are that get nothing but criticism getting lumped into a lot of police officers that have abused their power that are incompetent. And how they you know, how they handle things. So I was very important for me. This is a man roster was a mammal great integrity. You know? He he didn't he was unapologetically black. You know, he'll tell you that. He was a man of his community. You know, I think these he says it to to the love interest to Laura's character towards the end like just because I don't wear a black beret, plaque gloves or leather jagged that I'm not for the liberation of my people. He feels like there's a way to do it from the inside. There's a way to do it in the law was on his side when confronting David Duke, you know, and you know, that you could make a movie about how he even came into being a police how he got to become a detective of police a Colorado Springs detective, I mean in the seventies. So to me, the what I listed earlier about why he's a heroes..

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