Hey everyone! Been a while since I last did a blog post but tonight (16.08.17) I got to meet with Jack Raynor and Hannah Murray – two of the cast of the new Kathryn Bigelow movie Detroit (review coming soon) and here is what they had to say about the film.
Detroit is a pretty moving and powerful movie, why did you want to be part of it?
That very fact. I read the script and thought it was going to be something that might hopefully have a profound impact on the audience. It’s a film about a very difficult systemic issue and doesn’t only exist in the US but all around the world and something that should certainly be addressed and Kathryn Bigelow is definitely the filmmaker to begin that conversation.
The interrogation scene in the Algiers Motel was pretty hard to watch, how was it filming for you?
It was quite a harrowing experience, not the kind of character you enjoy inhabiting. It’s something you have to be methodical in your approach with and try to understand your feelings about other people and assume the identity of a person who is least susceptible about feelings of supremacy and inequality. We spent weeks on it. At least six weeks shooting. It was very difficult.
The film, which is based on the Detroit race riots in the 1960s, seems to have come out at the perfect time after everything that happened in Charlottesville over the weekend.
It’s certainly a hard push to find a more topical film right now with what is happening in the states and also in the UK as well. We are seeing a resurgence of very right wing ideological beliefs and it’s not good. It’s condemnable and it has been condemnable since WW2 and it remains that way now. White supremacy is not something we can even consider as being acceptable in society neither is neo Nazism or the KKK. It’s very important that we are absolute in our refusal to allow these things to insidiously creep back into society and take control over our political systems again and I think this film is something that hopefully raises some part of that conversation.
When I was watching the film, I wanted there to be some sort of punishment given to the white police officers who murdered the three men but obviously, based on true facts and court reports, it never happened.
How did you feel about that when reading the script?
If it was already resolved it wouldn’t have happened anyway. This is the US we are talking about police don’t get prosecuted for killing African Americans. Largely they get away with that. It’s something that has been happening since the foundation of the state. It’s a heinous thing, it’s an awful awful issue, and has to be addressed and hopefully this film will once again raise that conversation.
How did you feel when you first read the script?
I felt physically sick reading the script and afterwards as well. It was harrowing that these people went through what they did. It’s really shocking. That’s one of the reasons why Kathryn wanted to do it.
Is that why you wanted to get part in it? Was there a part of you that had to be in this movie?
I wanted to get involved in the film for many reasons, Kathryn being the main one but also the story it tells. It is about real people and real events that happened and it was great being a part of it.
As the film is sort of a social commentary on what happened and what is still happening, do you think it will have the impact on society that it deserves?
I hope the film has the impact that it deserves. It’s a really difficult question on how do you change people’s minds but hopefully this film will have some impact on it.
Detroit also stars John Boyega, Will Poulter and Anthony Mackie and is released on Thursday.