John Boyega is aware of the comparisons. He had to be – the actor is active on social media and he likes it interruption Director Abi Damaris Corbin points out that it was even trending on Twitter at one point: “John is Denzel.”
Like the 30-year-old war of stars Alum’s smoldering performance in the real-life dramatic thriller interruption reminds people of Oscar-winning living legend Denzel Washington (specifically, Washington’s performance in the 2002 similarly-themed film). John Q). Boyega plays Brian Brown Easley, a former Marine who took bank employees hostage and threatened to blow up the building because he was frustrated with disability payments for incarcerated veterans.
“I’m not involved in this conversation, man,” Boyega told Yahoo Entertainment when asked what he thought of his work being called Denzellian. “When you see that, it’s all a blessing. Denzel is one of the best actors in the business. And I’m just getting started. Personally, I have neither the time nor the leisure to engage in such a conversation at all.
“I will definitely thank God for an opportunity like this.”
His co-star Nicole Beharie (Miss Juneteenth) was impressed by what she saw on set: “On the first day I was blown away by the work that John was doing and all the energy,” she says. “He made my job easier.”
Boyega was an easy choice for Corbin and her co-writer/executive producer Kwame Kwei-Armah. “It’s really easy to pat yourself on the back and say, ‘Yeah, yeah, we knew it was John and John was going to be brilliant,’ but I didn’t know he was going to be that good,” says Kwei-Armah.
Corbin first discovered Easley’s story in Aaron Gells 2018 Mission & Purpose the article “You didn’t have to kill him.”
“I was overwhelmed by it, it pierced my soul,” she says. “My dad is a veteran, so I could understand what he was going through [Department of] Veteran’s Affairs looked a lot better through Brian’s eyes.”
interruption comes just weeks after President Joe Biden signed the PACT Act, which aims to improve access to health care for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances and burn pits during military service. But not before the law became a hot-button issue, with Republicans accused of playing politics with the law after voting against it. Dozens of veterans camped outside the Capitol until it was finally handed over, with ex Daily show Host Jon Stewart becomes her most vocal advocate.
“The timing is great,” says Beharie. “And I really hope it has an impact.”
“It has to have an impact and definitely spark conversations,” adds Boyega.
For Corbin, it’s deeply personal.
“My dad has been standing in the same lines for a long time, the same lines that veterans have stood in front of the White House,” she says. “Sitting there with their candles and just praying that there will be a breakthrough, that there will be an opening, that bureaucracy will be cleared out and that hearts will match and words will match deeds. I hope that watching our film will give people the opportunity to hear these prayers.”
-Video produced by Kyle Moss and edited by Jimmie Rhee
interruption opens in theaters Friday.
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