Anthony big name Toheeb Jimoh, who portrays Merseyside pupil Anthony Walker within the BBC One drama about his killing, has spoken concerning the movie airing on the top of the global Black Lives Matter motion.
Speaking at a Q&A roundtable, the actor mentioned that the upward push of the Black Lives Matter protests across the unencumber of the drama, which is able to air at the 15th anniversary of Anthony Walker’s demise, is “a brilliant coincidence”.
“The fact that this coincides with the 15th anniversary and the Black Lives Matter movement and everything comes together is brilliant.”
He persevered: “Now this film gets to be a part of a bigger conversation, which is great. It roots it in what our society’s struggles with racism are and what we need to address.”
“It’s a UK problem as well. A lot of people look at the Black Lives Matter movement and think it’s an American problem. It isn’t,” he added. “We have a lot to look at and talk about ourselves. I’m just glad that this film gets to be part of the conversation – it’s super important that we deal with it well.”
Anthony, a 90-minute drama by way of Hillsborough and The Street creator Jimmy McGovern, tells the tale of the lifestyles Anthony Walker may have lived had he now not been murdered in a racist assault in 2005.
Based on conversations McGovern had with Anthony Walker’s mom Gee, the particular follows Anthony as he’s authorised right into a barristers’ chambers, marries his long-term female friend and has a kid – alternatives robbed from him when he used to be killed on the age of 18.
Jimoh, who hadn’t performed an actual individual earlier than in his performing occupation, mentioned that portraying Anthony made him mirror on his personal lifestyles and the way the racist assault may have came about to him.
“One thing I was painfully aware of was that, had I been born at a different time, and had I been at that bus stop in Liverpool, that could have been me, that could have been anyone,” he mentioned. “That was the main thing I thought about.”
“As much as the story was important and there was a lot of responsibility and we all wanted to make sure the story was special and we told it well, I had in my head that this is Anthony’s story but it could have been anybody’s story. As a young black boy myself… it was super-important to me and it was a subject super-close do my heart.”
He persevered: “I’m going to have these moments in my life. I’m going to get to hopefully get married and get to do all these things that Anthony didn’t get to do. And that’s part of his legacy – it was inspiring and I took a lot from that.”
Jimoh graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2018, and has since filmed roles in Apple TV sequence Ted Lasso, Amazon’s The Power and Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie The French Dispatch.
Anthony will air on BBC One at 8:30pm on Monday 27th July. If you’re in search of one thing to observe, take a look at our TV Guide.