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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Speakeasy with Michael Jai White and Scott Sanders

click to enlarge DYNE-O-MITE: Michael Jai White (l) and Scott Sanders (r) discuss their latest project Black Dynamite in a recent press tour.
  • DYNE-O-MITE: Michael Jai White (l) and Scott Sanders (r) discuss their latest project Black Dynamite in a recent press tour.

According to the trailer, he’s the smoothest mutha who’s ever hit the screen, a man who’s super-cool and knows kung-fu. That’s right, you jive turkeys, we’re talking about Michael Jai White’s latest film project, Black Dynamite. Set in the 1970s, White and co-writer/director Scott Sanders pay tribute to the misunderstood blaxplotiation genre by trying to create the most imperfect spoof. In the film, White’s character Black Dynamite is set on a path to avenge the murder of his brother and stop The Man from distributing drugs in the black community. Dynamite’s take-no-prisoners style of justice sets off a chain of events that uncovers a fiendish plot to decimate the black man.

Sanders and White are longtime friends but haven't worked on a project together in more than 10 years. The two met while filming Thick as Thieves, which Sanders directed and starred White and Alec Baldwin.

Where did the idea for Black Dynamite come from?

White: I came up with the idea after listening to James Brown’s “Super Bad.” Incidentally, it was the first name for the movie but another film came along and got the name before we went to market. But I had this idea and the story came to me and so I started shooting pictures as the character. Scott and I reconnected and he saw the photos I had taken. Off that picture he got the whole premise. I mean, the picture at first glance is very serious, it looks like a badass picture. Then, you look a little deeper and you go, "How ridiculous, he’s got a gun and nunchucks.”

Sanders: That’s entirely the tone of the movie. I mean it's badass, but it’s a little too badass.

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