*Actor De’aundre Bonds is living proof a man can be redeemed.
He started his career on the right foot, capturing audiences in classics like “Get on the Bus,” “Tales From the Hood,” and “The Wood.”
In his youth, he hungered for success, dodging the temptations of the ‘hood and avoiding the destructive path his parents took. He was on his way to stardom, on the verge of a major transition.
He was set to star alongside Denzel Washington in fan favorite, “Antwone Fisher,” when a most unfortunate chain of events shut his career down and led to his imprisonment.
For ten years, the actor was behind bars for manslaughter and was finally released in March 2011. But it was as if he never lost his touch.
Work was waiting for him.
He’s set to star alongside Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Anthony Mackie in upcoming police drama “Gangstar.”
Although life took an incredible turn and set his plans on hold, Bonds is back on track and has something like a testimony.
In an interview with Black Enterprise, the actor takes readers on a journey through his experiences that led to his lock up and back to the industry.
Check out the interview here.
*Denzel has a bone to pick with the movie industry.
The dynamic award-winning actor is challenging major movie groups, telling Entertainment Wise they only seem to look at franchise films like “Twilight.” He believes the real art is in smaller productions.
“Studios are now owned by big corporations, so all the decisions are made in a completely different way. The big studios are more interested in their big tent pole movies and farm out the rest of it and take distribution deals.”
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He even went as far as to say true movie watchers can’t depend on major studios to produce good work. and being the big star he is, Washington doesn’t discriminate against small budget films. His next production, “Flight” is due out later this year; working on the film he made a small fraction of his usual salary.
He argues that studios aren’t interested in quality anymore and would rather capitalize on pop culture’s pool of popularity.
“Now they’re looking for ‘Mission Impossible 6′ or ‘Twilight 4.’ Studios will take the credit for smaller movies if they get Oscars but I get it, we’re in tough economic times. If I loan someone $50million, I want my money back, I don’t want to hear ‘We blew it but had a nice time making the movie.’”