[Video interview] ‘JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH’ cast take on a revolution

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Daniel Kaluuya as Chairman Fred Hampton in Shaka King’s ‘JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH.’ Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Preston Barta // Features Editor

“They were giving them the tools to free themselves…It made me understand [the Black Panther Party’s] goal was also an internal revolution.” – Daniel Kaluuya

Just days before the release of Judas and the Black Messiah, the film’s cast — including Daniel Kaluuya, Dominique Fishback, LaKeith Stanfield, and Jesse Plemons — spoke with the Denton Record-Chronicle over Zoom. We discuss growth lessons, poetic inspirations, and the art of delivery in their depiction of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton’s betrayal by an FBI informant. 

For all that and more, watch the below video interview with the cast. And be sure to check out Judas and the Black Messiah this weekend in theaters or on HBO Max. 

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Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.