Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Cannes Awards Winners: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d’Or; Rooney Mara Ties For Best Actress With ‘Carol’ Cannes Awards Winners: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d’Or; Rooney Mara Ties For Best Actress With ‘Carol’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season 10 Movies Booed At Cannes 10 Movies Booed At Cannes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Nate Parker Says He Plays A Gang Member In Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

The Playlist By Gabe Toro | The Playlist January 13, 2012 at 10:00AM

Despite a brief synopsis, we're still uncertain as to what to expect from Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer." It looks and feels a lot different than Lee's previous offerings, but while it features "Do The Right Thing" protagonist Mookie in a small role, it will likely be a standalone piece from his breakthrough film. We sat down with one of the film's stars, Nate Parker, during press for "Red Tails," and he revealed a few tidbits about the production.
0
Nate Parker

Despite a brief synopsis, we're still uncertain as to what to expect from Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer." It looks and feels a lot different than Lee's previous offerings, but while it features "Do The Right Thing" protagonist Mookie in a small role, it will likely be a standalone piece from his breakthrough film. We sat down with one of the film's stars, Nate Parker, during press for "Red Tails," and he revealed a few tidbits about the production.

"It’s about an eleven year old boy from Atlanta who comes to live with his grandfather, who is a minister," explains Parker. "I play a gang member, someone who’s fallen away from the church. I used to be under the tutelage of this church. I try to pull him away in the way that I was pulled away." To Parker, the role, like his historically significant one in "Red Tails," is important in establishing his ties to his community. When discussing the reasons why he took on both projects, which deal with the significance of a black character's roots, Parker explains, "We’re hungry to know who we are, because we have this identity crisis as black people in America, because we don’t get to see our history that often. Because it’s not in the curriculum of school, you hear about it, but you don’t know."

Parker also has a small role in the upcoming thriller "Arbitage," where he co-stars with Richard Gere. "I play a conflicted character put in a tight moral positon by Richard Gere," he says. "And I have to choose between loyalty towards him, or the right thing to do. It’s an intense thriller, like an old-school, Michael Douglas thriller."

Both "Red Hook Summer" and "Arbitage" premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. "Red Tails" opens on January 20th.
 

This article is related to: Red Tails, Red Hook Summer, Arbitrage, Nate Parker


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates