* It’s inspired by true events!
The must-see Apple TV+ film centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who take on the racist American establishments of the 1960s. EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas was in Memphis for the premiere and talked to the cast about money, power and redlining.
Q: Joe (Jackson) tells Bernard (Mackie) ‘getting rich corrupts you,’ how have you avoided corruption while getting rich?
SLJ: [Jokingly] You think I haven’t [been corrupted]?! Corruption takes a lot of different forms. Sometimes I feel guilty when I go to the airport and people escort me past all of the other people waiting in line. Sometimes I feel guilty when I get into restaurants other people can’t get in to. It’s not a form of corruption, it’s just a matter of people trying to accommodate you. I don’t try to take advantage of those things.
But if it was up to me – I hate to wait in lines – and if I was really corrupt, I would be flying on private planes all of the time!
AM: I haven’t become corrupted because I’m not rich! Money isn’t something I live by. I’m the same person if I have $20 or $1 million. We all put our pants on the same way. It’s not the amount of money you can make, it’s who you are. It’s about the person you were raised to be. I come from a very distinguished line of men and women, so every day I live for them to be proud of me.
Q: In the film Joe and Bernard purposely give African American families loans so they can purchase homes in developed communities, what was your first home buying experience like?
NL: [In 2000,] I did a film called “Boiler Room” and after, I saw this house and I said, ‘this is the house for me!’ But I didn’t buy it then. Then six months later, I had a dream about the house and I said, ‘I’m going to drive by that house and see if it’s still for sale.’ It was! So, I called the realtor and I’ve been in the house for 25 years.
“The Banker” opens in theaters on March 6 and drops to Apple TV+ on March 20.
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