*Their bravery and determination led to the Fair Housing Act of 1968!
Anthony Mackie (Bernard Garrett) and Samuel L. Jackson (Joe Morris) go against all odds to outmaneuver and out-hustle the prejudiced American establishment in “The Banker.”
The Apple TV+ film premiered at the iconic National Civil Rights Museum this week and EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas spoke with the leading men about economic power and to Nia Long about old school femininity.
Q: What did you learn while filming ‘The Banker?’
Anthony Mackie: Financial independence is crucial! We spend so much time being consumers, it’s time we learn how to be inheritors of greatness. It’s time we learn how to save our money. It’s time we learn how to pool our money so we can get what we demand. People don’t listen to bangs, shots and screams they listen to money. As soon as we stop giving people our money let’s see if they listen.
Nia Long: I learned to appreciate the women of the 1960s. I learned to appreciate the way they dressed. Everything was so feminine, from the stockings to the bags, they were such ladies. It’s a reminder we should never lose that because I’m such a jeans and t-shirt girl. All this [hair, makeup and gowns] is too stressful for me but I know I have to do it.
Samuel L. Jackson: There are still more stories to be told.
James Dumont (plays Senator McClellan): What if these guys were successful…We have to find ways for African American businesses to help each other. It has to be people who are totally into rebuilding the community and not extracting things from the community.
“The Banker” is about two unsung heroes, who created a brilliant scheme to beat a corrupt and unfair system. Their efforts not only created wealth and opportunities for themselves, but it also brought about social change and paved the way for those that followed. It’s empowering, aspirational, and entertaining … a rags-to-riches tale based on largely unknown events, and an important piece of American history that remains as relevant and relatable today as it was during the story’s setting in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
“The Banker” opens in theaters on March 6 and drops to Apple TV+ on March 20.
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