If you saw the Oscar-nominated Moonlight, there's a good chance that you took notice of piece Trevante Rhodes, who plays the adult version of Little. There's nothing little about him in his photo shoot for Out Magazine, where you can check out his legit lethal guns. The interview focuses on the surprising success of a movie that not only explores homosexuality in frank realness, but does it through the lens of a black man. Rhodes, as well as others involved in the flick, weigh in. Here's the jizz-st:
Rhodes On the powerful audience reactions to Moonlight:
It’s an incredible work of art, and it’s about a very, very marginalized group of people. I’ve had moments with many people who come up to me, red in the face, crying, tearing up because this is their story. They’ve never seen themselves put into a narrative on screen. How am I going to feel that again? I don’t think you can. At the core of it all, you just want to do something that makes someone else feel OK.
Rhodes on the surprising fact that Moonlight was made at all:
The fact that it was done, and the fact that it was done so well — that’s just an added benefit of being able to tell a truthful story, a truthful story that hasn’t been seen in the way that it’s now been seen. Hopefully I’ll continue to do great work, but to do great work that’s never been done? That’s like, we invented fire — the world benefits from that. And I think the world will benefit from the film if they see it. Not just the black community, or the gay community, or the black gay community, but, fuck, the world.
The film's director, Barry Jenkins, on the responsibility of creating a movie like Moonlight:
I felt that there was a lot of responsibility in the fact that we don’t see movies that are centered on the coming-of-age of a young gay black man. Because there are so few of those depictions, the ones that do exist take on added importance.
The original playwright of In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Tarell Alvin McCraney, on the autobiographical nature of his piece. He states that about two-thirds of the script is based on his own experiences:
I was very lonely. I still feel very alone most of the time and so I tried to figure out and put down as much of the memory that I could. I think it was an experiment in what life could look like.
They (his classroom) kind of looked at me odd, like, ‘Oh, why would he do that? Why would a drug dealer teach you how to ride a bike? As if he had no care, as if his only preoccupation was the doing of this thing that is deemed harmful and illegal. But those two things existed at once.
I personally identify with the characters in Moonlight way more than in other widely acclaimed gay flicks, such as Brokeback Mountain. Two smoking hot cowboys getting peenetrative and crouching by the river nude and all that jazz wasn't a part of my coming out experience. The restraint in Moonlight not to include an explicit sex scene elevates it above standard, salacious gay flicks featuring straight acting dudes suddenly realizing their gayness before butthole blasting each other - in the case of Brokeback, out of boredom. NE WAY, head to the gallery for all the yummers looks at Trevante Rhodes! Hopefully he gets nude and has steamy gay sex in his next movie! Wait.
Check out the rest of the interview at Out.com