“I didn’t want to pull any punches,” reveals Will Poulter during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) when asked about his role in “Detroit.” Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this Annapurna Pictures release recounts the 1967 Detroit riots, centering around the murder of three black men during an all-night raid at the Algiers Motel. Poulter plays Krauss, an aggressively racist patrolman who terrorizes the motel patrons.
The actor explains that he felt “responsible for exposing this kind of individual. I wanted to do that as unapologetically as possible.” He describes police officer Krauss as “a product of entrenched racism, and for that reason, racism is entrenched in him. It’s a deep-rooted and terrifyingly ignorant thought-structure that informs everything that he does, and the way that he conducts himself.” He hopes the film can help shine a light on current events, adding, “We can’t afford to have racist individuals operate in modern day society, least of all in positions of power, and when it comes to law enforcement.”
Poulter has been acting since the age of 14, making his film debut in “Son of Rambow” (2007). He has had roles in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “The Maze Runner” (2014), and the Oscar winner “The Revenant” (2015). He is currently filming “The Little Stranger” with director Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”). Check out our full interview above for more about his work in “Detroit.”
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