*Two of Hollywood’s most bankable actors Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad, star in one of this year’s most anticipated films, “Marshall.”
Boseman appears to be the go to guy for superheroes real and unreal. Having played Jackie Robinson and the Black Panther, he can be seen as the first black Supreme Court Judge, Thurgold Marshall, October 13.
Starring in the extremely successful “Beauty and the Beast” this year, Gad will next be seen in the highly touted “Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Catching up with the cast at the Whitley Hotel in New York, I asked both about the importance of playing these characters.
How does this film relate to the 21st century?
CHADWICK BOSEMAN: The film takes place during another time, but Thurgood Marshall is going to be important regardless of what time it is. He went from town to town winning cases, getting to the Supreme Court, becoming a judge and making laws.
So any movie about Marshall is going to be important. It’s not a biopic but a movie that [anyone] could enjoy whether you knew what I said about Thurgood Marshall or didn’t know any of it.
JOSH GAD: When we made this I remember the issue that was relevant at the time that we were discussing was Ferguson. Well this movie exists in a completely different place after Charlottesville than it even did then. Whether it’s 1941 or whether it’s 2017, these issues are still out there. They’re still as relevant, as powerful and as dangerous potentially as they were then.
I want people to leave inspired and hopeful, which is not a word I think that a lot of us feel these days hope. But there is hope because people like Thurgood Marshall and Sam Friedman were superheroes in their own right. They didn’t wear capes; they wore suits. There are still superheroes out there working as hard as ever in organizations like the NAACP that are as relevant and as necessary today as they may have been in 1941.
Directed by Reginald Hudlin, the movie also stars Kate Hudson and Sterling K. Brown.
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