Talking Politics With The Front Runner’s Mamoudou Athie

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Talking Politics With The Front Runner’s Mamoudou Athie
Posted by Arielle Hixson

November 5, 2018

Coming out on Election Day (Nov. 6) from Sony Pictures is Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, which chronicles the rise and fall of American Senator Gary Hart, a Democratic presidential candidate in 1988.

Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage.

Based on Matt Bai’s 2014 novel “All the Truth Is Out,” the film also stars Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Kaitlyn Dever, Sara Paxton, Mamoudou Athie, Molly Ephraim, Josh Brener, and Mike Judge.

For Mamoudou Athie, who recently starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in Facebook’s Sorry For Your Loss, the Yale School of Drama grad has getting a string of good roles lately. Best known playing a young Grandmaster Flash on Netflix’s The Get Down, his feature films credits include appearing in Stella Meghie‘s Jean of the Jones, working opposite Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in The Circle, and co-starring with Danielle Macdonald in Patti Cake$. Upcoming projects include the action-thriller Underwater starring Kristen Stewart, and Brie Larson’s directorial debut film Unicorn Store with Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford.

In The Front Runner, he plays A.J. Parker, a Washington Post reporter who seeks to uncover the truth regarding Hart’s unexplained relationship with Rice.

Blackfilm.com recently sat down with Athie as he talked about his character and politics in The Front Runner, which hits theaters on November 6th.


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