*Nate Parker, hands down, is one of my favorite actors. Not only is he a fine performer but he is worthy of respect.
While Black History Month is being celebrated, Harper’s repertoire of films should be on must viewing lists.
In 2012 he starred in “Red Tails” as the head of a group of Tuskegee Airmen that helped win WWII. However, they were not able to win the war on racism back in America where a young Black man can be stalked, then murdered and the killer goes free.
Dave Letterman said it best when he mentioned that Justin Bieber can be brought up for charges of throwing eggs at his neighbor’s house “but George Zimmerman is still free!” And, a young Black teenager can be shot dead in his car because his music is perceived to be too loud, but a jury doesn’t see it as murder. Although 17-year-old Jordan Davis lies dead, the jury saw it as “attempted” murder.
When The Film Strip spoke to Parker for “Blood Done Sign My Name” in 2010, he told me that most scripts he had gotten were for stereotypical characters.
“I’m not doing them,” he said. “I don’t feel the need to compromise my faith, or my manhood and emasculate myself for a film.”
Whoa! Just as “Red Tails” is based on real life characters, so is “Blood Done Sign My Name,” which is based on Civil Rights activist Ben Chavis. Another film that should be on everyone’s must see list is “The Great Debaters,” with Denzel Washington. “Pride,” as with the other named movies, is based on real life characters and worthy of watching.
On March 7, Parker can be seen in “Non-Stop” as the tech savvy Zack White, along with Liam Neesom, Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o. Ecstatic to see Parker get more major on-screen time, The Film Strip asked director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver about Parker’s involvement. “I like him and I think he’s great,” Serra offered. “He’s an important character,” an animated Silver enthused. “He’s an incredible actor and an incredibly charismatic guy. He’s smart, he’s funny, he gets it.”
More on “Non-Stop” next week.
Syndicated columnist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]