With 'We Own This City,' Jon Bernthal and Reinaldo Green on racing nuanced crime stories

With 'We Own This City,' Jon Bernthal and Reinaldo Green on racing nuanced crime stories ...

isn't a sequel to. While both shows have a few familiar faces on camera (Jamie Hector, Domenick Lombardozzi, and Delaney Williams) and familiar names behind the scenes, the most unifying aspect might be how depressing it is that Baltimore is still a ripe setting for fiction rather than about drug critics, cops, and kidnappers.

Here, in a six-episode limited series (which premieres Monday at 9pm EST) that follows journalist Justin Fenton's book, appearsing helpers get crushed under the weight of bureaucracy and seeming villains lack the self-awareness to understand or care about the consequences of their misdeeds on a society. Again, this is not a sequel to The Wire.

We Own This City, which is based on Fenton's book, has crafted everything necessary to tell the truth about it at a very authentic pace, shooting on location, and occasionally employing community members who attended the events weve created. This includes the Freddie Gray demonstrations that made headlines the world over while these cops were using crime scenes and traffic stops as their personal piggy bank.

Recently, we spoke with Bernthal and series director Reinaldo Marcus Green (who previously worked on King Richard) about their desire to be authentic, the impact of making a project as this, the impact of first-hand experiences (both positive and negative) with the police, corruption's ability to stem roots and denial, and the moment things became so heated that Bernthal was hit by a passerby who thought he was really trying to break up a demonstration.

You said that you have a personal experience with the topics covered here, but may you possibly break it down a bit?

Both fortunately and unfortunately, I have firsthand experience with the police. I understand that some of the discourse around this issue, like people shouting from the polls and waving their flags. Ive always been concerned that people who are leading these discussions have no understanding of the situation. Im glad that these people have no idea how radical this aspect has been. So, again, you get to dive into the complexities and the nuance, and it's the only way you can tell the story.

The whole scene in the show is fantastic in showing how impotent political posturing works. Question for you and your two children: is it worth it to get on something like this when you leave set, or is it possible to hang it with you when you go home?

Reinaldo Marcus Green: Every time you work on something you pour your heart into, they're with you forever. In my essay in 2018, I was able to focus on some of the subject areas that I had discussed, but I was not permitted to get hurt. I felt that this day, when I got to work on something that I was not doing. So I started a series of interviews with many of those who had participated in, and it was interesting to see how things worked.

Jon, this guy, he feels like he's righteous and does not care about a full-on dirty cop. Do you have to have a get-in to do that so well?

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