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Chadwick Boseman Plays Real-Life Hero in "21 Bridges"

Posted at 4:06 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 16:06:59-05

MIAMI — "21 Bridges" is out in South Florida theaters. It follows an embattled NYPD detective who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. Chadwick Boseman, who recently played "Black Panther" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plays a real-life hero in the police thriller.

"The set up is that eight cops are killed in a drug bust. I'm called in as an NYPD detective who is known for catching cop killers to find them, trap them, and bring them to justice. It's necessary to shut down the bridges, the tunnels, every way into Manhattan in order to trap them. So, from there it has its twists and turns, you see a lot of action, and some real moments you don't expect in a movie like this," said Boseman.

Melissa Marrero asked Boseman what it was like to train with real-life detectives.

"I started with an officer in Los Angeles, that took me on firearms training. We would fire like 500 rounds a day, hide behind cover, multiple targets, all those different things from longer distances. Then, went to New York started doing ride-along's with a couple of detectives there. Saw what their sort of daily routine would be. And, Sienna and I also did SWAT training, clearing rooms, because that's sort of a dance. It was a way for our characters to get to know each other in the movie because when we meet we don't know each other but we have to now work together. Cops were there every day and they were great consultants for the movie," added Boseman.

Boseman also shared that he saw "21 Bridges" as an opportunity to make a film that was compelling as well as cinematic, noting how that combination is rarely seen in most action thrillers.

For full interview click on the video.