If ever there was a time for the world to see a bulletproof black man, it’s certainly now. On September 30, Netflix will debut its new series Luke Cage, based on Marvel’s superhero of the same name, and in the wake of the recent fatal police shootings of African-American men across the country, the show is definitely right on time.
HipHollywood sat down with the show’s creator, former music journalist turned screenwriter, Cheo Hodari Coker, about the irony of the show’s release and subject matter.
“It’s time, the world needs that kind of imagery,” said Coker, referring to a quote he made in Variety that the “world is ready for a bulletproof black man.” “This is probably one of the most challenging things I’ve ever been a part of, but also the most rewarding.”
Mike Colter, who was first introduced as Luke Cage on Netflix’s Jessica Jones, echoed those sentiments. “This project is something we’ve worked very hard on to make it successful, and I’m so proud to be a part of it and for people to see it.”
So, how did he prepare to play this humble yet hardcore hero? “I don’t like the gym, or working out, but I had to put on 30 lbs for the role,” Colter said. “If you’re going to kick a lot of butt, you gotta look the part.”
Find out what his adversary, Mahershala Ali, who plays Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, and Alfre Woodard also had to say about their roles on the show and why audiences will love it in the video above.