On Sunday night, Michael K. Williams won a Critics Choice Award for his role in the HBO series Lovecraft Country, and he took the opportunity to talk about the need to open more stories about blacks.
Speaking backstage in the virtual press room, Williams said he hopes the show will inspire young people in particular. “What I’m most hoping for is that the young people, especially the young people in my community who are watching this, will get a sense of the legacy we come from,” he said. “The greatness and all the obstacles we have overcome to be alive today. The people fought and died and gave their last just so that we could be and live and walk, and have the experience of being and living, and there is a greatness that comes with that.
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Williams added that the show serves as an example of the state of our society. “I hope people will see how we got to this place of disarray. It didn’t happen overnight, it didn’t happen with just one administration. It was preparing for a very long time … Lovecraft Country, in my opinion, gives us a glimpse of how things became divided into what we are today. Hope we can go back and fix some things to create a better future. “
The series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett), and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) as they travel around 1950s America in search of Atticus, Montrose, played by Williams. The research mission turns into a fight for survival amid both the racist horror of white America and the monstrous creatures of sci-fi history.
Regarding the lack of dark stories in the sci-fi / horror genre, Williams said, “In these genres, all too often everyone is alike in these types of storytelling. He thanked the series creator, Misha Green, HBO and Bad Robot and MonkeyPaw Productions, moving this forward, saying that they “have all come together and decided to tell this genre through the Black experience, I think it’s great, and I hope it broadens more spirit and opens up more people to this type of storytelling. It’s not just about the horror genre, it’s about what it feels like to be Black in America is the real horror.
The show is produced by Green, Get OrIt’s Jordan Peele, JJ Abrams and Ben Stephenson from Bad Robot.