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Role as racist 'Detroit' cop took actor Poulter to 'frightening place'

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 01:36

With a plot centered on racial tensions and police brutality, ''Detroit'' is set to open in theaters nationwide. Ben Gruber reports.

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For actor Will Poulter, playing a racist cop was both difficult and scary. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WILL POULTER, ACTOR, SAYING: "By playing a racist you are kind of embracing ignorance. You are believing in the mythology behind racism." "You are not forming your opinions on any kind of truth or rational basis, you're having to accept ignorance as the thing that informs all of your behaviors and it's a quite frightening place to be." The movie is "Detroit" and it's based on the shooting of three black men and two white woman during the 1967 Detroit riots. Poulter says that while the movie is set half a century ago - its messages about racial tensions and police brutality are still true today. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WILL POULTER, ACTOR, SAYING: "For as long as African American people or any ethnicity group is denied social justice and rights that they deserve and the sacred protections that they are entitled to, we are failing." 'Detroit" by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow has been hailed by critics as one of the must see films of 2017. The film opened in major U.S. cities last week and expands to movie theaters nationwide on on August 4.

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Role as racist 'Detroit' cop took actor Poulter to 'frightening place'

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 01:36