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“I ain’t going to jail for your mistakes,” says Pablo Schreiber as a menacing leader in The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive clip of Thumper.
Written and directed by Jordan Ross, the crime drama sees Schreiber as Wyatt, the head of the local drug ring. The actor — best known for terrifying inmates on Orange Is the New Black — says he’s drawn to “characters who live on the extremes” and “people who have different live philosophies than I do,” but he’s never played an overtly racist character before.
“We shot this April 2016, long before the election,” he tells THR. “But now looking at it in retrospect, it also felt relevant to a whole swath of the general public who felt marginalized and have been trying to make their voices heard.”
In the film, Wyatt crosses paths with Kat (The 100‘s Eliza Taylor), a girl making her way in a community where drugs and violence run rampant and who has secrets of her own.
“This is one of the grittier roles that I’ve played,” says Taylor. “She’s someone who doesn’t have everything under control. It was kind of a joy to play a mess. In a weird way, I hope [the film] says to be kind to yourself, because we’re all trying the best that we can.”
Thumper made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Lena Headey, Daniel Webber and Ben Feldman are also among the cast, and Cary Fukunaga served as executive producer.
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