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Alfre Woodard says Mike Colter’s ’Luke Cage’ is the perfect superhero

Alfre Woodard, Community, Entertainment, Gentrification, Harlem, Justice, Luke Cage, Mariah Dillard, Marvel, Police, Video -

Alfre Woodard says Mike Colter’s ’Luke Cage’ is the perfect superhero

‘Luke Cage’ is a bulletproof black man fighting in the streets for justice — and he just might be the hero we all need. Marvel’s highly anticipated Netflix series premieres Friday, and theGrio got the scoop with cast member and award-winning actress Alfre Woodard.

In the show, Woodard plays a Harlem politician named Mariah Hillard, a Howard University and Wharton graduate with a fierce reputation for getting things done.

Woodard talked about the importance of the show’s setting in Harlem and how gentrification is a theme her character tackles.

“She wants Harlem to be for Harlemites,” Woodard told theGrio. “And that as this gentrification goes on — it’s like everybody can come, but you have to come wanting to be in Harlem.”

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Alfre Woodard tells theGrio's Natasha Alford what makes Mike Colter 'the perfect superhero.'
Alfre Woodard tells theGrio’s Natasha Alford what makes Mike Colter ‘the perfect superhero.’

Woodard also praised her cast-mates, including Mahershala Ali (who plays ‘Cottonmouth,’ her cousin and the show’s villain ) and Mike Colter, who stars as Luke Cage.

“Mike Colter is the perfect superhero,” says Woodard.  “He is just big and fabulous — looks like he’s carved out of mahogany! (laughs)”

But Luke Cage is also a reluctant superhero who wants to stay under the radar until he has to stand up for what’s right.

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For Woodard, the show’s message extends beyond the pages of a comic book or entertainment.

“[It’s] the struggle that we all make of do I step out? Do I get involved? What will make me do that?  I think that’s one of the great offshoots of this will be, wherever people are in the world, they will see that it’s a decision. One person can change. One person can create community.”

Check out Part 1 and 2 of our interview with Alfre Woodard and tell us if you’ll be streaming Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ this weekend!

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