LAZ ALONSO TALKS HIS NEW FILM “TRAFFIK” AND HOW IT POWERFULLY MIRRORS SOCIETY
ANGELA WILSON APRIL 20, 2018 Actor Laz Alonso reunites with Paula Patton from their 2011 film, Jumping the Broom , where the pair top billed the romantic flick of two polar opposite families coming together in the name of love, for their new thriller Traffik . More than just adrenaline inducing action and sharp cinematography, Traffik, written and directed by Deon Taylor (Meet the Blacks,) also lends it’s platform to a much distressing issue, sex trafficking.The Avatar actor plays Darren, friends of John and Brea, played by Almost Christmas veteran Omar Epps and Patton, the cocky sports agent who lends the pair his isolated estate for Brea’s birthday weekend. Their visitation takes a menacing sharp turn when Brea, a news reporter, discovers a harrowing secret leading the group to the deadliest challenge of their lives.
We caught up with the Washington D.C. native as he give us insight on his character, the diversity topic in Hollywood and more. The Source: Tell us about your character Darren. Laz Alonso: “Everybody has this friend- whether male or female, that you got to work yourself up when it’s time to hang with them because it can be a lot to handle and deal with. That’s him. He definitely doesn’t muffle his words. He’s going to tell you what’s on his mind and you won’t have to figure him out. At the end of the day he’s a typical person trying to mask his insecurities with his successes and his ego by trying to distract you with all the great things he’s done, like a humble bragger. What’s interesting about Darren in this movie is to get to see both things- you get to see him at his highs and his lows.” Can you relate to him in anyway? “I think we all have a bit of Darren in us at different times. The problem with Darren is that his [ego] is his suit of armor, he wears that 24/7. He doesn’t understand how to get out that mode. He feels like his mouth is his super power and he doesn’t understand sometimes you just got to be still. This movie shows a lot of that; everybody has something to hide and everybody gets exposed,