Laurence Fishburne on the Power of Quibi’s ‘#FreeRayshawn’

     August 27, 2020

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Laurence Fishburne is one of those actors that I’d watch read a phone book. No matter what kind of role he’s playing, he always adds more to what’s on the page and consistently pulls the viewer in with dynamic performances. In his latest work on Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn, Fishburne plays a New Orleans police officer trying to diffuse a tense situation with an innocent man (Stephan James) who has barricaded himself in his home with his girlfriend (Jasmine Cephas Jones) and young son (Danny Boyd, Jr.). As the series unfolds, we learn more about each character as the public gets pulled in due to James’ character documenting what’s going through on social media. The series was helmed by Seith Mann and also stars Skeet UlrichAnnabeth Gish and Ana Ortiz.

Laurence Fishburne and Stephan James in #FREERAYSHAWN

Image via Quibi

During this interview, Fishburne talked about being nominated for an Emmy for #FreeRayshawn, how the series is so relevant to what is happening every day in America, the way Quibi leaves you wanting more after every episode, how quickly he can leave the character he’s playing on set, why Apocalypse Now was a challenging shoot, how the pandemic caused the play he was going to do (American Buffalo with Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss) to get postponed, and more.

Check out what he had to say in the player below and further down the page is exactly what we talked about, the trailer and official synopsis.

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  • Getting nominated for an Emmy.
  • How the series is so relevant to what is happening every day in America.
  • How Quibi does a great job with the cliffhangers in every episode.
  • Can he leave the characters he’s playing on set?
  • How it took him a long time to get over his role in Apocalypse Now.
  • How the pandemic caused the play he was going to do (American Buffalo) with Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss to get postponed.

Here’s the # FreeRayshawn official synopsis and trailer.

On a remote street in the outskirts of New Orleans, a botched entrapment leaves a police officer dead and an innocent man named Rayshawn (Stephan James) on the run.  Rayshawn escapes a breathless pursuit and barricades himself in his home with his girlfriend (Jasmine Cephas Jones) and young son (Danny Boyd, Jr.).  Citing the senseless end of countless Black Lives, Rayshawn documents the ensuing standoff on social media, building a fleet of witnesses who share his desire for respect, accountability, and social justice.  As the SWAT team encroaches and #FREERAYSHAWN trends, Rayshawn places his trust in Lt. Steven Poincy (Laurence Fishburne) to find the evidence that will exonerate him.  Poincy works against time as both negotiator and lifeline, while perception and procedure block the path to the truth…

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