Setting up your dark comedy/action thriller shop in Mexico often seems like cinematic shorthand for a putting your audience through a dangerous journey on the other side of the tracks (or a YUGE wall). Director Nash Edgerton takes many of these tropes and throws in a sterling performance from Selma actor David Oyelowo, a thick streak of dark humour and you’ve got Gringo – Edgerton’s first feature in a decade.
DaniElle DeLaite sat down with David Oyelowo & director Nash Edgerton to talk about creating the right tone for his film, making the characters and action fresh, making Oyelowo’s character of Nigerian background and how the outsider characteristic helps the story.
Gringo stars Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Thandie Newton, Amanda Seyfried, Harry Treadaway and is released on the 9th of March. Here’s our interview…
David Oyelowo & Nash Edgerton Interview – Gringo
Gringo Official Synopsis
Combining dark comedy with dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides across the border into Mexico, where all is not as it seems for mild-mannered American businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo). Crossing the line from citizen to criminal, Harold tangles with duplicitous business partners, Mexican drug lords, international mercenaries, and the DEA. As he attempts to survive in one of the most dangerous places on earth, the question lingers: is this ordinary man in way over his head, or is he two steps ahead?