They are very purposeful movies. That’s not surprising since he comes from a comedy background, very cooperative. You basically got this role because of his collaborative nature.
Yeah, it was crazy when I got on the audition call and he just said, “Yeah, to fit your character, man, I had to rewrite my whole script.” And I was like, “Oof.” Then he said, “You know what? That’s what I’m going to do. I’ll rewrite my script. You’re done.” And then just tears.
You’re super funny in this movie and you have this incredible chemistry with Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya that builds throughout the movie. That chemistry is pretty natural to all of you?
It’s funny, the first scene we met in the movie [in the fictional Fry’s electronics store] was the first scene where we all shot together, and it was the first time I met both of them. They had scenes together. They did seem like siblings and they bonded and had a good time. I remember being just behind the register, like, “Dang, you look so happy. I want to have fun with them.” But I said, “Let’s keep it together. How are you going to keep this scene, because you’re meeting them as strangers in real life when you’re doing this. So just hold on. how is it.” After we finished, I had to go to them. I said, “Guys, yo, I’m great. I promise, man, what’s wrong? My name is Brandon. I’m sorry. I just don’t want to see you in front of the scene and everything.” They were very kind and just started attacking me with hugs and punches. Since that time, we are all very attached to each other.
Angel is one of the few characters in the movie with pure motives. What do you think motivated Angel to help Em and OJ?
He is losing his purpose because he is just bored with his job. He failed at that time, where he was living every day as if he was lost. He just went to do it because he had nothing else to do. He needs money to pay the rent but has no purpose. He gave all and all of his time to the girlfriend who dumped him. So it’s just this lost child. He needed companionship and purpose, and he found it with two mysterious people who walked into his shop.
One thing I love about No it’s a very, very interesting movie, but also really challenging, with some really complicated themes that pop into your head all the time. What troubled you the most?
People who are trying to tame predators. The idea of not taking your eyes off the scene, people actually putting their lives on the line to capture the scene. It’s something that I feel like every day, our eyes are just glued to anything that wants attention. And when we give it unbridled attention, it’s dangerous. That stuck with me. And also being able to see how people deal with trauma while all having the same goal in mind. There are a million messages in the movie, a million metaphors. There is also no right answer. I think there are a million answers. So it’s also really interesting to see other people’s interpretations of it.
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