Laz Alonso from Detroit
Laz Alonso from Detroit

“I’m not going to lie,” Laz Alonso acknowledges: His initial reaction to getting cast in “Detroit” was excitement over the chance to work with Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow.

But as the actor delved into the movie’s powerful and painful story set against the civil unrest in Detroit in 1967 — and the brutality inflicted against African-American men by police and the National Guard — Alonso came to a more profound realization.

“This story needs to be told,” he tells Made in Hollywood reporter Patrick Stinson. “I had no idea that this happened. … It just elevated the importance of why we do what we do, why we love what we do. Through telling our stories, through dialogue, it continues to humanize something that can be very dehumanizing.”

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