It’s art imitating life and unfortunately, it’s an emotional roller coaster that’s hard to ride. Shots Fired, the FOX show that takes an all too realistic look at social injustice and racial bias, is a timely piece of work that left actor Mack Wilds unable to perform.
HH spoke to Wilds while at the recent Shots Fired screening and panel discussion, where he opened up about how the controversial and untimely deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling left him in tears and unable to do his job. “I remember just walking into my trailer and seeing my cop uniform and bursting into tears,” Mack, who plays Deputy Joshua Beck, revealed. “I couldn’t even contain myself … but after about two hours of boo-hooing [executive producers] Gina and Reggie came and just let me know we’re doing this for a reason.”
Take a look at our interview below, where Mack’s co-star DeWanda Wise also recounts a difficult time shooting a scene reminiscent of the riots in Ferguson following the death of Mike Brown.