Tessa Thompson says Sorry to Bother You asks 'provocative' questions

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 July 2018
Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

American star Tessa Thompson has hailed her new movie 'Sorry to Bother You', saying it asks some "provocative" questions about modern culture

Tessa Thompson believes 'Sorry to Bother You' asks some "provocative" questions about modern culture.

The 34-year-old actress has a starring role in the new Boots Riley-directed sci-fi film, and Tessa has claimed that the movie - which tells the story of an African-American telemarketer who adopts a white accent to succeed in his job - explores a range of issues that the public needs to consider.

She explained: "I think that what's so cool is that he's talking about things that are really vital, particularly in this cultural moment - even though he wrote the film a while ago. I feel like we're catching up with the satire, which is a sad sign of the times."

However, Tessa also praised the first-time director for managing to fuse serious issues with entertainment.

Reflecting on her experiences of working with Boots - who is best known as a rapper - she told Collider: "I think what's cool is that he's able to talk about those issues, but also make a film that's really funny and entertaining.

"The idea that you can hold spaces for both of those things ... that you can make a film that's provocative and wants to ask some important questions, but you can also make a film that makes you want to laugh.

"I think that's sort of perfect for the times we're in now, because we need a heavy dose of really thinking about where we are and we also need to laugh. Because, otherwise, I know all I want to do is cry."

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