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Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Seal, Tiffany Haddish, Swizz Beatz and Taraji P. Henson were among the guests at the event, adding to an already starry cast of Jonathan Majors and Regina King, director Jeymes Samuel and producers Jay-Z and James Lassiter.
“I think it will expand the genre in a beautiful way because it continues the narrative, it fills in the narrative,” Majors told The Hollywood Reporter of the film, which follows two gangs of Black outlaws shooting it out in the Old West. “It’s an amendment to this rule of what a Western is. It makes it more full and more ripe and more human.”
Majors, who said he felt “so pulled to be responsible for telling the story” after reading the script and “wanted to look after” his character, Nat Love, trained alongside his co-stars by going to “cowboy camp,” where the cast learned to ride horses and shoot guns.
“It was great and really taught us the culture of what it was to be a cowboy and a cowgirl, an outlaw,” Majors said. “The patience that it takes, the amount of aggression it takes, the balance and all of that. It was awesome.”
Co-star Deon Cole remembered going to 7-11 after the training “to go get a Slurpee and there’d be gun residue on my hands.”
Cole added that after “showing us in a period piece, hopefully it’s a movie that sparks the minds of others to write us in different lights. We can be archeologists, we can be astronauts, we can be all kinds of different things. Hopefully, this helps spark the minds of a lot of people who are in the power to make changes.”
After the screening, held at the Shrine in downtown L.A., an afterparty for the ages went late into the night. Beyoncé kept a low profile at a private booth, chatting with Kelly Rowland and Keys while writer-director Samuel (aka The Bullitts) emceed a 90-minute jam session on the party stage.
He brought up his brother Seal, who sang and danced with him, and Haddish did an all-out performance of “Proud Mary” as Jay-Z laughed and cheered from the side. Eventually, Samuel convinced Jay-Z (a longtime friend and collaborator) to join them onstage, where he performed tracks from some of his early albums as well as a song from the film. Seal also sang “Kiss From a Rose” after some encouragement from Jay-Z, and Swizz Beats joined the group onstage for a couple of numbers.
Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jesse Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Logan Browning and Los Angeles Clippers star Serge Ibaka were also in attendance. Netflix boss Ted Sarandos did not make an appearance.
The Harder They Fall starts streaming on Netflix on Nov. 3.
After the LA premiere of THE HARDER THEY FALL, director/composer/songwriter Jeymes Samuels, his brother Seal and his producer/songwriter Jay Z had an amazing 90-minute jam session. Here’s a snippet. pic.twitter.com/kLLCSlhJYb
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) October 14, 2021
Scott Feinberg contributed to this report.
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