Interview: RZA Talks ‘Cut Throat City’, Working With Shameik Moore & More
Cut Throat City is now available on VOD.
The film, directed by RZA, stars Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker, Keean Johnson, Ethan Hawke, Eiza Gonzalez, Kat Graham, Isaiah Washington, T.I., Terrence Howard, and Wesley Snipes.
Earlier this week, I had the incredible honor to sit down with RZA to discuss the film and his storytelling approach. During our conversation he spoke about why he felt it was important to tell this story that shows how Hurricane Katrina is still affecting the people of New Orleans. RZA also spoke about the film Dope and how the TV show The Get Down helped get Shameik Moore the role. Since RZA is a legendary artist himself, he also spoke about how he was able to connect with this cast and how to get them in their comfort zone.
Lastly, RZA and I talked about how Quentin Tarantino has impacted him as a director and what advice he gave him after The Man with the Iron Fists.
Check out the interview below:
About Cut Throat City
From director RZA comes the explosive Cut Throat City, the story of four boyhood friends in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to find their homes decimated, with no jobs, and no help from FEMA. Out of options, they reluctantly turn to a local gangster, who offers them one shot at turning their situations around – by pulling off a dangerous heist in the heart of the city. When the job goes bad, the friends find themselves on the run, hunted by two relentless detectives and a neighborhood warlord who thinks they stole the heist money.