Co-Writer / Director Jeymes Samuel explains how The Harder They Fall is both a true portrayal of the Old West and the New West.
Co-Writer / Director Jeymes Samuel explains how The more they fall is both a true representation of the old west and the new west. The action thriller features an ensemble cast including Idris Elba as Rufus Buck, Jonathan Majors as Nat Love, Zazie Beetz as Stagecoach Mary, Lakeith Stanfield as Cherokee Bill, Delroy Lindo as Bass Reeves, Regina King as Trudy Smith, Edi Gathegi as Bill Pickett and RJ Cyler as Jim Beckworth. The more they fall marks Samuel’s directorial debut, filming from a script written by him and Remember the titans coxswain Boaz Yakin.
The more they fall focuses on Nat Love, a former slave turned cowboy, as he tracks down members of his former gang to regroup and hunt down outlaw Rufus Buck for revenge for the murder of his parents after Buck is gone released from prison by his gang. Development on the project began in 2019 with Majors becoming the first actor to sign for Samuel’s debut, while production would be delayed from March 2020 until September of the same year. This delay saw the exits of Cynthia Erivo, Wesley Snipes, and Sterling K. Brown due to scheduling conflicts resulting from the shooting surge.
Before the film’s premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, Samuel spoke with Empire to discuss The more they fall. The co-writer / director spoke about his goals of shifting the focus from the classic genre to a “under-represented point of view“black cowboys and deadly border women, who he said were”a must-see in the Wild West. “See what Samuel said below:
“What if there were women and people of color who weren’t submissive in one way or another?” I think it’s really important to give a more complete and balanced version of events. To me, it’s almost like this movie isn’t the Wild West. This is the New West.
Samuel’s goal for The more they fall providing a better spotlight for black cowboys in the western genre is both admirable and necessary. While the genre has seen a few performances over the years, they’ve typically been in supporting roles or humorous endeavors, with some of the most notable examples being Cleavon Little’s Sheriff Bart in Flaming saddles and James T. West by Will Smith in Wild Wild West. While the trailers for The more they fall certainly indicated that the film is not lacking in humor, they also showed a better range of black characters than those often portrayed in the Western genre.
When he started as a director, Samuel clearly did everything he could to The more they fall. The footage seen so far has promised plenty of explosive action and sleek direction in addition to its well-rounded cast of characters, not to mention the rousing soundtrack compiled with producer Jay-Z. Only time will tell how the film fares overall when The more they fall releases in select theaters on October 22, followed by Netflix on November 3.
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- The more they fall (2021)Release Date: October 22, 2021
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