Chiké Okonkwo Talks Police and Blacks Conflict in Blindfire [Exclusive Interview]

Chiké Okonkwo
Chiké Okonkwo stars in Blindfire

Blindfire is a film that hits too close to home during these current events.

With Black Lives Matter and nationwide protests, the film is very timely with the plot it introduces on a white cop possibly accidentally (or on purpose) shows a black man during a swatting situation.

Although it was made years ago, actor Chiké Okonkwo jumped on the opportunity in showcasing an issue that needed to be addressed in recent years. Okonkwo played Andre Hughes, a cop shooting victim as the police descended to his house on a swatting call.

The movie also stars Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Sharon Leal (Dreamgirls), Bethany Joy Lenz (Colony), Jim Beaver (Deadwood), and Edwina Findley Dickerson (Fear the Walking Dead). Michael Nell wrote and directed the movie.

Here’s the official synopsis of Blindfire:

Inspired by actual events, Blindfire follows Will Bishop (Geraghty), a white cop who responds to a violent hostage call and unjustifiably kills the black man (Okonkwo) in his own home. After Bishop learns of the victim’s innocence and is suddenly facing repercussions for his actions, he is forced to confront extremely difficult conversations with his partner (Leal), as well as the family of the victim, and must examine his own accountability while attempting to find the person who he feels is actually responsible for the tragic chain of events.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with actor Chiké Okonkwo on his brief, but very important role as the shooting victim in the film. Also, we discussed the Black Lives Matter, racism, and police issues occurring today.

Chiké Okonkwo is a British-born actor with Nigerian parentage. On BET’s Being Mary Jane, he played Lee Truitt, the handsome hunk and love interest. He played Will in Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation as one of the slave rebels. Other film works included Derailed, Animal, and Spirit Trap. On television, he made guest appearances in episodes of Holby City, Silent Witness, Casualty, M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team, and Roman Mysteries. Also, he has many stage credits, including Oklahoma!, Into the Woods, Fixer, As You Like It, In Time, and A Matter of Life and Death.

Blindfire is available on Digital and VOD today.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Kandoo Films

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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