Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan were in London to promote their latest film. The two actors were attending the premiere of Just Mercy at VUE West End. Dressed in rather dapper suits both the American actors went on a walkabout around Leicester Square after the special screening. The pair appeared to enjoy their evening out and seemed relaxed.
Just Mercy is based on the true story of Walter McMillian, who was wrongly convicted of a murder of an 18-year-old woman in Alabama and placed on death row in the mid-’80s. McMillian was defended by a young graduate lawyer called Bryan Stevenson played by Michael B. Jordan, who quickly learns about the size of the task confronting him. It is Stevenson who must be thanked for the movies source material. He wrote a book about the case and his efforts to free the innocent man called Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
Walter McMillian was a pulpwood worker who was from Alabama, who the courts found guilty of murder despite having dinner almost 11 miles away from the murder scene. He was found guilty and was given a life sentence by a jury. But the judge made the decision to override this verdict and impose the death penalty on him. He had already spent up to 15 months in jail by this stage because of his pre-trial.
After serving six years, in 1988. Bryan Steveson took the case and start the appeal. Then in 1993 the Court of Appeal reversed the decision and concluded that the conviction was wrong. This was down to false witness statements, perjuring by the police and bribery.
The film focuses on both men’s struggle in the face of racism. In one scene, McMillian warns Stevenson about what is to come if he takes on the case. “You don’t know what you’re into down here in Alabama,” he warns. “Here you’re guilty from the moment you’re born.” This statement reinforces the truth of what it will take to set the innocent man free in the America’s Deep south.
The movie also stars Brie Larson, Michael Harding as Sheriff Tate. Tim Blake Nelson who players the eyewitness who ultimately seals Walters fate. Ralph Spall who plays the tough District attorney who is driving the case and is desperate not to have the case overturned. This was done despite being told that “You know how many people been freed from Alabama death row?” The District Attorney warns Bryan. “None… You ain’t gonna be the one to change that.”
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