During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), Jason Mitchell divulges that “Mudbound’s” special quality is that “everything is on the surface. They don’t hold any punches, not with words, not with visuals. I think in today’s society, a lot of things are hidden, a lot of things are swept under the rug. They’re just in people’s minds, and it’s not a dialogue that’s easy to have. With this film, it starts that dialogue, because it’s a very unbiased film.”
Mitchell stars in this Netflix release as Ronsel Jackson, a World War II veteran who returns home to work with his family on a farm in rural Mississippi. He befriends Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund), a fellow soldier whose family is also working on the farm, and together the two struggle against racism and PTSD. Directed by Dee Rees (“Pariah”), the ensemble cast also features Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, Jonathan Banks, and Rob Morgan.
The actor describes his character as “a very militant-minded guy. Even though he has a lot of love in his heart, he’s not afraid. He stands for something, and if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Ronsel becomes, “this sort of voice for black men who have been through this struggle, and they couldn’t say anything. No matter what happened to him, he didn’t put his head down, he never ran.”
Mitchell had his big breakthrough playing N.W.A. rapper Easy-E in “Straight Outta Compton” (2015), for which he received a SAG Ensemble nomination. This year also saw him make appearances in Kathryn Bigelow‘s “Detroit,” James Franco‘s “The Disaster Artist,” and “Kong: Skull Island.” Can Mitchell muscle his way into the Oscar Best Supporting Actor race? Watch our full interview above for more about his work.
“Mudbound” premieres worldwide on Netflix and in select theaters on Friday, November 17.
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