EBONY’s Jaleesa Lashay sat down with Blindspotting stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal to discuss the labor of love that became the powerful indie film, with Diggs revealing that it took a decade to pen the movie.
“We wrote this script over the course of ten years, so we really just lived life…and then in the last couple of weeks we were extremely panicked.”
The two actors/ screenwriters also discussed addressing gentrification and police brutality, saying their approached changed with the times.
“Police violence really only went from, ‘Oh, this is newsworthy,’ to, ‘this is not newsworthy anymore,'” Casal shared. “Before we had riots and all this crazy stuff that was going on in Oakland…when Oscar Grant was killed around the tie we started writing this. The changes, we had to take all that stuff out because it’s not true to life anymore.”
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Blindspotting is in select theaters now and opens nationwide July 27.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.