(AllHipHop Features) An activist, a telemarketer and somebody’s uncle walk into a bar...what do you get? Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Terry Crews (“Everybody Hates Chris” & “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) & Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”) all offer major roles in the new, groundbreaking film "Sorry To Bother You," which is written and directed by Boots Riley. The magical realist fiction film digs deep and Omari, Terry and Steven represent three distinctly different important points of view in the movie. In the film, Omari plays Mr. Blank, a super telemarketer that uses his white voice exclusively to rise through the ranks. Blank also acts as a big brother of sorts to rising super caller “Cash,” played by Lakeith Stanfield. Getting to the top of the telemarketing hierarchy is nothing to Squeeze (Steven Yeun), who wages a full-blown strike against the company he and Cash work for. And, then there is, Cash’s uncle Sergio Green, a working class brother simply trying to cover his mortgage from month to month.
“Sorry To Bother You” goes beyond convention and, when it seems to reach limitations, it goes farther. The premise in the marketing suggests strongly that people of color must “act white” (talk proper, no bass in the voice and proper English) and sacrifice their Blackness in order to successfully climb the corporate ladder. But, the movie is so much more and truly challenges Hollywood tradition. “Sorry To Bother You” will force audiences to think deeply about the systems capitalism U.S. has created that have allowed for the rich to get richer off of the backs of the poor, disenfranchised people.
Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur talked to all three gentlemen to to discuss the importance of this groundbreaking movie and why the accepted their important roles within it.