Garrett Hedlund Discusses Race Relations in Netflix’s Mudbound

Mudbound tackles such topics as racism, returning veterans, PTSD and, inequality, all in the setting of post World War II. It’s not everyday Netflix releases an award-winning independent film that is so impactful, so poignant, so life-changing that you must watch it to spark the conversation about civil rights and equality in America. And further, discuss where it was decades ago versus what it has mutated to. But, on the other side of the coin, the film does bring hope and shines a light on those that made the choice to be trailblazers shifting the paradigm of what we perceive as the status quo. To quote Garrett Hedlund “this film should be shown in schools”.

Daniel: I guess, let’s start before we really even get into the film. I heard you auditioned once for Captain America and also that you did audition for Star Lord. Is there any chance that we’ll see you in a Marvel film?

Garrett: Oh, I don’t know. Well, I didn’t audition for them. I just [you know] I met with them back then. I think at that time ultimately look, if you’re going to jump into some of these you have to so want to do it and that is also paying homage to the fans.

Daniel: Very true

Garrett: I feel like, I wasn’t really raised on reading comic books and stuff like that. I feel that I would have just gotten killed. Because [you know] I think for the fans of all this, you have to be really [you know] be passionate about this and want to do it. And I was just a little unfamiliar with it at the time and [that’s just] that was just the case.

Daniel: Definitely understand. Well, speaking about fandoms and things that you’re in. Just heard that Tron is getting another one coming out and are you excited about [you know] reprising your role as Sam Flynn?

Garrett: [you know] I’m a little, I know there’s been announcements or some [you know] people talking about certain things on it. I don’t know what the direction is. I’m sure it’s [you know] pretty far off. We almost had it greenlit a couple years ago and they had the ascension script that they were going to go with and, I think just with things going on with the financial stage of the industry at that time really just prevented it at the moment, and we’ll see what the future holds.

Daniel: Back now here, with Mudbound. With a subject [like] a film that’s so rich when it comes to [like] the subject of everything to deal with, just well… Racial equality, equal rights and, things of that nature. How did this film really [I guess] inform your views concerning [well] recent events?

Garrett: You know, what Hillary Jordan did with this book is so powerful. And if it wasn’t we wouldn’t be sitting here. I think what Virgil Williams and Dee Rees did with the script was so powerful or else we wouldn’t be sitting here. I think what Dee did filming this film and assembling the cast and creating this world and [you know] being sensitive to [you know] not only her upbringing but the upbringing of everybody that Hillary was portraying within this film and everybody from way before. [I mean] it’s, I think [you know] I got a history lesson when I read all this.

And I think everybody else will because it’s… You know, I grew up in Northern Minnesota on a farm, it was very different [like our] our town was filled with Swedes and Norwegians [you know] we had three channels on our TV’s. So I didn’t get the see the world that often. I got to see Grand Forks and Fargo and of it was going to rain or snow. And so, I think it’s very much a history lesson, I think it’s very interesting seeing this Era, post World War II, sort of Mississippi Delta sharecropping Era of when, usually we have seen it [you know] Cinematically go from almost slavery to civil rights and it was very interesting for me. [You know] I think people are going to watch this film and they’re going to see two families that are pitted against each other in this sort of brutal social hierarchy but then forged together because they actually have to share this land. And they’re not their slaves and it’s very interesting. I mean, long story short I think it should be shown in schools. If they take out some of the [you know] profanity and some “F” bombs here and there, I think they should be shown in history class.

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