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John David Washington, star of BlacKkKlansman, recently gave some comments on Monsters and Men director Reinaldo Marcus Green and now Green himself has, in an interview with Collider, spoke about the film he directed.
Monsters and Men
Here is what Reinaldo Marcus Green had to say on the research process for the characters in this movie and what it was he found that influenced the story the most:
“You know that these viewpoints exist, but I was surprised it was so close to home and that it was a friend. My father worked at the Department of Investigations, so I grew up with a lot of police officer friends.”
“In having more conversations with more cops, and really asking the critical questions about how they feel, especially black police officers – my friend, who I had the conversation with, was a white police officer – and then, digging into the black police culture and consulting with a lot of black police officers, and how it’s the same and different, I learned that their situation is even far more complex.”
“It’s even part of the reason why I decided to make Dennis’ character black. My friend was a white police officer, but I thought if I made him white, it was gonna be a black versus white thing. With this, it goes beyond race. We’re talking about policing people’s lives. We’re also talking about culture.”
“That discovery process, especially with the police officers, really going in and doing ride alongs, and I’d never been in a police car before, was different. I grew up an athlete, so Kelvin’s character came with a lot of my own personal issues.”
“I had a lot to pull from personal experiences. Really diving into police culture and getting a taste for it myself, it definitely opened up my eyes a bit to what’s happening.”
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