It’s art imitating life and unfortunately, it’s an emotional roller coaster that’s hard to ride. Shots Fired, the FOX show that takes an all too realistic look at social injustice and racial bias, is a timely piece of work that left actor Mack Wilds unable to perform.
HH spoke to Wilds while at the recent Shots Fired screening and panel discussion, where he opened up about how the controversial and untimely deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling left him in tears and unable to do his job. “I remember just walking into my trailer and seeing my cop uniform and bursting into tears,” Mack, who plays Deputy Joshua Beck, revealed. “I couldn’t even contain myself … but after about two hours of boo-hooing [executive producers] Gina and Reggie came and just let me know we’re doing this for a reason.”
Take a look at our interview below, where Mack’s co-star DeWanda Wise also recounts a difficult time shooting a scene reminiscent of the riots in Ferguson following the death of Mike Brown.
5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs
If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.
1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.
In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary.
2. He’s funny.
Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.
3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.
In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
4. He’s a rapper.
His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle.
5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.
The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.
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