Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

The harder they fall, Netflix’s big-budget Black western, premiered in Los Angeles Wednesday night, bringing an elite group of stars rather than celebrating the groundbreaking film.

Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Seal, Tiffany Haddish, Swizz Beatz and Taraji P. Henson were among the guests at the event, adding an already star-studded cast of Jonathan Majors and Regina King, director Jeymes Samuel and producers Jay-Z and James Lassiter.

“I think it will expand the genre in a beautiful way because it continues the narrative, it fills in the narrative,” Majors said Hollywood Reporter of the film, which follows two gangs of black outlaws who shoot it out in the old west. “It simply came to our notice then. It makes it fuller and more mature and more human. ”

Majors, who said he felt “so attracted to being in charge of telling the story” after reading the script and “would take care” of his character Nat Love, trained with his costars by going to “cowboy camp”, where the cast learned to ride horses and shoot guns.

“It was amazing and really taught us the culture of what it was like to be a cowboy and a cowgirl, an outlaw,” Majors said. “The patience it takes, the amount of aggression it takes, the balance and all that, it was amazing.”

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Jeymes Samuel and Jonathan Majors
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Costar Deon Cole remembered going to 7-11 after training “to get a Slurpee and there would be gunshot wounds on my hands.”

Cole added that after “showing us in one piece, hopefully it’s a movie that makes others write us in different lights. We can be archaeologists, we can be astronauts, we can be all sorts of different things, “Hopefully the project’s black representation.” Hopefully this will help set in motion the minds of many people who are capable of making changes. “

After the screening, which was held at the Sanctuary in downtown LA, an after-party for ages went well into the night. Beyoncé kept a low profile at a private booth, chatting with Kelly Rowland and the Keys, while writer-director Samuel (AKA The Bullitts) continued a 90-minute jam session on the party stage.

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Jeymes Samuel and Seal
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He raised his brother Seal, who sang and danced with him, and Haddish made an all-out appearance of “Proud Mary,” while Jay-Z laughed and cheered from the side. Eventually, Samuel convinced Jay-Z (a longtime friend and collaborator) to join them on stage, performing tracks from some of his early albums as well as a song from the film. Seal also sang “Kiss from a Rose” after some encouragement from Jay-Z, and Swizz Beats joined the group on stage for a few tracks. Jesse Williams, Lil Rel Howery and Logan Browning were also present. Netflix boss Ted Sarandos did not show up.

The harder they fall begins streaming on Netflix on November 3rd.

Scott Feinberg contributed to this report.

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