As we all await to see if a second season of TV favorite Atlanta will premiere on FX; One of the shows main characters Paper Boi (played by actor Brian Tyree Henry) sat for THR’s Roundtable discussion. In the discussion; he was also joined by several comedic actors to all give their stories. During his time there, Brian Henry did go on to share a moment when art imitated life while filming an episode of Atlanta. Henry’s story involved getting stopped and profiled by police on his way to set. You can watch more of his talk here.
I went to college in Atlanta, so I know that city. And I remember saying to [the people at our production office] when we first started, “So, who’s got me when I get pulled over? Because I’m going to get profiled.” That very day we were [shooting that] episode, I’m driving through Bankhead — it’s a little sketchy area of Atlanta, sure, but it’s 8 in the morning — and I’m lost. I’m not driving anything flashy, man. I’m driving a Hyundai Sonata. I remember calling the [assistant director] and I was like, “Hey, I actually don’t know where I’m going. The GPS is completely screwed up.” And then, “Hold up, the cops are behind me. Just stay on the phone with me.” For 10 minutes, this car followed me. For 10 minutes. When I finally got pulled over, the music I’m listening to is Meghan Trainor or something, and he’s like, “Hands on the wheel.”…..And he was like, “Where are you going?” I was like, “Oh my God, thank you. I’m so lost, man. I’m doing this show right now. I need to find base camp.” And he was like, “OK, do you have any weapons in the car?” And I was like, “At 8 in the morning? No, I do not have any weapons.” He gave me my license back, he didn’t want anything. And at the end, I was like, “But sir, can you please help me?” He never gave me any help. So then I get to set, and I’m in hair and makeup, and I ask, “What are we filming today?” And then I look at the call sheet and I was like, “Perfect, let’s f—ing go.”
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