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‘Detroit’ Stars Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Kaitlyn Dever & Hannah Murray Give RAW Interviews

ALGEE SMITH

 
JACOB LATIMORE: Why do you think people need to see Detroit and why is it so timely?
ALGEE SMITH:
We as a cast want people to be educated, first of all, about not just black history but American history. And second, we want people to feel empathy so we wanted just to open up conversation and figure out what we can do within America as a whole and within the world. Try to find a solution for it in the future!

JACOB: What was the hardest part to shoot?
ALGEE:
The first two weeks of set was in the Algiers Motel, and we had to have our hands up against the wall. It was a lot of yelling. There was a lot of beating, there was a lot of fake blood that felt like real blood just dripping down your body. Exerted a lot of energy physically and mentally!

JACOB: What was it like growing up in Michigan?
ALGEE:
 I remember going to the 7/11 a lot and to Kimpton. I used to bug my grandma for a dollar to get a slurpee! We used to go hit the McDonald’s. Everything was right there by my grandma’s house. There were so many of us, all my cousins and my aunties. My aunties and uncles were only like 4 years older than me so it was like we were really brothers and sisters. 

JACOB: What’s the most important piece of advice your father gave you? How about your mother? 
ALGEE: From my dad – treat my craft like my girlfriend, always remember that. Constantly own it. Go hard, like every time. From my mom, just keep faith forward always realize that my words have power. Anything that I say, anything I put out into the universe can, will forever affect my life. 

JACOB: You have your Listen EP out now. Who are some of your all time favorite musicians? 
ALGEE: Of course Tupac, Michael Jackson.. Brandy, R. Kelly of course. 

JACOB: Last time you cried? 
ALGEE: Recently. We were at Essence Festival and Master P was on the stage doing a song and I was thinking about my cousin. It was like a slight little cry, like, damn.


JACOB LATIMORE

 
ALGEE SMITH: What made you want to do Detroit?
JACOB LATIMORE:
Actors should be a part of things that are culturally relevant. This is our way of using our voices and platform to stand on something and not to just shine for no reason. 

ALGEE: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from director Kathryn Bigelow? 
JACOB: That perfection. She won’t leave set until it’s perfect. She was like “No, we got to redo this.” And we’re just like “What?” (laughs) That’s what I love about her. 

ALGEE: How has Detroit influenced your view of current day issues of police brutality? 
JACOB: It shows that nothing’s really changed. This is something that happened 50 years ago and we have cameras now and we’re still seeing it. Now, we’re going back to 1967 where a lot of these things are rooted from and it just shows the justice system is very much still the same. 

ALGEE: Alright my man, a little bit about yourself here. Where is your favorite place in the world? 
JACOB: Qatar’s lit. Their downtown looks like spaceships are going to come off the ground. 

ALGEE: What was the first movie or TV show that sparked in your head “I want to be an actor”? 
JACOB: I watched The Cosby Show a lot when I was younger.  Bill (Cosby) was the man! He’d just go for it. He would burp or cough in the middle of a scene and he would keep going. He was dope. 

ALGEE: What are your favorite movies? 
JACOB: Home Alone, Annie. (breaks into song with Algee) Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow you’re only a day away. Aye! 

ALGEE: Do you have a dream role? 
JACOB: I’ve always been really into CIA, FBI, Central Intelligence based movies. You know, like the black Jason Bourne or something. (does Jason Bourne impression) Where are you Vladimir? You won’t find me. I’ll find you.






KAITLYN DEVER

 
HANNAH MURRAY: Why do you think people need to see Detroit and why is it so timely? What was the hardest part to shoot?
KAITLYN DEVER:
It’s an untold story that’s so similar to tragedies happening today. You can’t even compare it to what it was actually like in real life but making it as true to reality as possible was the hardest part. 

HANNAH: Were you apprehensive at all about joining such a racially charged movie that can be very controversial?
KAITLYN:
No, I was excited as an actor to be a part of a story like this, and to shine light on such an important story that I think will teach people about how to have empathy. 

HANNAH: Has this film changed the way you perceive certain aspects of life? What was the most shocking fact you learn about the Algiers Motel incident?
KAITLYN:
100%.The way I look at the news today, it’s changed the way I feel about my life about everything. It’s definitely made me more aware. There was no justice for any of these people and that’s truly heartbreaking and shocking. 

HANNAH: What’s the most important piece of advice your father gave you? 
KAITLYN: My dad doesn’t necessarily give me advice, but he’s been a huge influence. He’s basically the reason for the music I love today. He was constantly playing music for me. I can remember being four years old and listening to some crazy band that he was telling me about. 

HANNAH: What are your favorite movies and musicians? 
KAITLYN: Walk the Line has always been my number one favorite movie. This isn’t necessarily my favorite movie, but I can watch Bride Wars anytime of day as many times as I want with my sister, and National Treasure.  For musicians, oh my God, Fleetwood Mac, The Cure, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, I could go on, The Mamas & the Papas. Newly discovered would be Tame Impala, Father John Misty, and Junip right now. It always changes. 

HANNAH: When was the last time you cried? 
KAITLYN: I can’t remember the last time I cried, I don’t cry a lot.


HANNAH MURRAY

 
KAITLYN DEVER: Detroit is really intense to watch. Was it equally as hard to shoot?
HANNAH MURRAY:
It was a tough shoot. It was a lot of nights. A lot of really physical stuff. Everyone was really, really giving their all to it but we’ll always be aware of the context of how horrific the real events we were depicting were. That no one ever felt like complaining about our kind of actorly hardships. 

KAITLYN: How did you prepare for this role?
HANNAH: I mainly prepared by listening to a lot of Motown. I also was very lucky I was able to talk with the real Julie (Hysell) was on set everyday. So mainly it was about connecting with her and just asking her questions and figuring out who she was. 

KAITLYN: What was it like growing up in Bristol, UK? 
HANNAH: It’s a really nice medium-sized city. I’m glad I didn’t grow up in London. It was fun to get to move there and be like this big exciting thing when I was older. Bristol is very hilly, so you get a lot of exercise just walking around. 

KAITLYN: Where is your favorite place in the world? 
HANNAH: Probably Snowdonia, Northern Wales. It has epicly beautiful landscapes.
 
KAITLYN: What was the first movie or TV show that sparked you to want to be an actor? 
HANNAH: I went to see a friend’s play called Dr. Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium. I was 11 and it was a youth production about aliens, woodland creatures and bankers. I feel like having a sort of strange three-way war and I was like, “That’s it. I want to be an actor. Sign me up.” Straight away. 

KAITLYN: What are your favorite movies? 
HANNAH: Absolute Beginners and Badlands

KAITLYN: Who are some of your all time favorite musicians and who are some of your newly discovered ones? 
HANNAH: The Beatles and Nirvana are my top two. I love Prince, Talking Heads, Kanye. I’m really into Loyle Carner who’s a British musician. I’m obsessed with Chance The Rapper. Also my friend, Raleigh Richie, who is amazing. Everyone must listen to him!


PHOTOGRAPHY: KAI Z. FENG
EDITOR: JARED ENG / JUST JARED
STYLIST: ANNIE LADINO
HOST: FRANKIE ROSSI
WEB PRODUCER: CHRIS CHOI
KAITLYN HAIR: ADIR ABERGEL
KAITLYN MAKEUP: MELANIE INGLESSIS
HANNAH HAIR: JOHN D.
HANNAH MAKEUP: CAROLA GONAZLEZ
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