[WATCH] ‘Fences’ interviews: Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, and more talk about August Wilson adaptation

With a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a strong box office showing in limited release, “Fences” looks poised to make a splash at the 2017 Academy Awards. This Paramount Pictures release stars Denzel Washington as Troy, an African-American father struggling against race relations while trying to raise his family in 1950s Pittsburgh. Both Jovan Adepo, who plays Troy’s teenage son, and Stephen McKinley Henderson, who plays his best friend, sat down with Gold Derby recently to talk about their roles in this Washington-helmed adaptation of August Wilson‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Henderson first played Jim Bono in the 2010 Broadway revival, for which he received a Tony nomination for Featured Actor in a Play (both Washington and Viola Davis won Lead Actor and Actress Tonys for the production). He describes making the transition from stage to screen as a, “liberating and freeing,” experience because on camera, “you don’t have to raise the optics of the actual location.”

Adepo was a new addition to the tight-knit group of actors from that 2010 revival. While jumping in was at first, “intimidating,” he reveals that from the first rehearsal, “I felt completely at home and felt like I was apart of this family.”

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Both Henderson and Adepo are nominated for the SAG Ensemble award alongside Washington, Davis, Mykelti WilliamsonRussell Hornsby, and Saniyya Sidney. Washington and Davis also compete for Golden Globes.

Among the behind-the-scenes contenders, we chatted with cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen and composer Marcelo Zarvos.

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Stephen McKinley Henderson, who plays Jim Bono

Jovan Adepo, who plays Cory

Charlotte Bruus Christensen, Cinematographer

Marcelo Zarvos, Composer

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