*”Monsters and Men,” a film loosely based on the true story of the New York City killing of Eric Garner by NYPD officers, stars John David Washington and Anthony Ramos whose characters portray their point of view surrounding the incident.
EUR’s Robin Ayers sat down with the two actors to speak on their experiences filming this movie.
John David discussed the comparison to the director of the movie, Reinaldo Marcus Green, having both started out in sports and transitioning into filmmaking.
When asked if it were powerful roles like this one that persuaded him to choose acting, John David responds …
“Yeah, oh my goodness! It was screaming off the page. It’s the kind of read that when you’re done reading it, it’s like you start to get the chills.”
He continued, “I was getting a bit anxious because I don’t know anything about African American police officers as far as their feelings about their side.”
The feelings that John David speaks of is apparent of his character, Dennis, a police officer who is conflicted in his feelings of being both a black man and a police officer.
“So that was a great opportunity to dive face first into it, and as an actor, as an artist that’s what you want. You want that challenge.”
Anthony Ramos says this movie is very personal for him, having grown up in Bushwick, New York and seeing many injustices like this happen in front of him.
“It’s amazing to get into the lives of not only John David’s character but Kelvin’s character,” says Anthony.
This film gives insight on a few different perspectives and it is the hope of the Director to open up thought provoking conversations around the world as we all embark on this type of social injustice.
The release date for “Monsters and Men” is September 28, 2018. Be sure to check it out in a theater near you.