Edi Gathegi speaks on starring in Jay-Z produced movie

By Davis Muli | 2 months ago
Kenyan-American actor Edi Gathegi.

Celebrated Kenyan-American actor and producer Edi Gathegi revealed that co-starring in Netflix’s The Harder They Fall movie, co-produced by rapper Jay-Z, was an opportunity to educate the masses about black slaves and the agony they went through.

In an interview with Essence, the 42-year-old actor added that it was thrilling to bring the character to life and discover and appreciate their input towards freedom fighting.

“We had a lot of fun, but the fun is not to be confused with fun. It was fun to commit ourselves to the mission, and the mission was real. These people lived out here in this time, and it was a harsh world. It was the wild west, and it was called the wild west for a reason,” he said.

Edi, who is starring in the fictional movie based on real life characters, revealed that he was shocked to discover how Bill Pickett - the character he brings to life, died. According to him, Bill Pickett died in excruciating pain.


Regina King and Idris Elba are also staring in the movie that is said to paint a picture of the 19th-century period when slavery was coming to an end across the United States. It is also reported that Netflix invested heavily to ensure that the sets depict true events.

The movie premiered on November 3, 2021.

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