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Exclusive: BMF star Russell Hornsby reacts to the show's "bad motherf**ker"

·2 min read
Photo credit: Starz
Photo credit: Starz

Warning: This article contains spoilers for BMF episode 1.

BMF follows the story of Demetrius 'Big Meech' Flenory, his brother Terry 'Southwest T' Flenory and the birth of their crime organisation on the streets of Detroit in the late 1980s.

As with all crime-dramas, there's usually a main antagonist and in BMF it's Lamar, played by British actor Eric Kofi-Abrefa who also starred in Blue Story and Netflix's The One.

Lamar returns to the streets of Detroit to reclaim his turf, after being institutionalised in a mental care facility.

Photo credit: Starz
Photo credit: Starz

Related: BMF's Russell Hornsby explains how he prepared for the role

Actor Russell Hornsby, who plays Demetrius and Terry's father Charles Flenory on the show, sat down with Digital Spy to discuss Lamar's character.

Describing him as "a bad motherf**ker", Hornsby explained that their paths do not cross on the show: "No, but that's a bad motherf**ker boy, he's a bad motherf**ker, and I gotta say that, I gotta do a Sam[uel L] Jackson with that one."

The Lincoln Rhyme actor described watching Eric Kofi-Abrefa who portrays live-wire Lamar as "beautiful".

"He brought so much passion, so much honesty to his work. I was just... I was floored by his commitment, and him being an actor of the theatre, watching him, I was just inspired. I was like, 'Yes!'."

Photo credit: Gari Askew - Starz
Photo credit: Gari Askew - Starz

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"Again, it was him and Demetrius, but like the other actors, the passion going 'Yes!', like, it's here, I'm watching these younger actors come with it.

"Like they're alive, they take it seriously. I'm going 'alright, you guys are ready like, oh, yeah, let's go'. And it made it easier for me to come to work every day, it made it easier for me to go to Eric and say, 'Hey man, you killin' this shit'. Or go to the other actors because they were, they were killin' it and I was like woah! Like, wow. So, I mean, Eric was a breath of fresh air, he was dope."

Hornsby added that Kofi-Abrefa's role was a "challenging and difficult" one and that "there's a tightrope that he has to walk. And when you see an actor walking that tightrope – everybody does a fantastic job – but when you see the quote unquote 'crazy guy' walk that tightrope you go, tip of the cap".

BMF premieres worldwide tonight at 9pm ET/PT Sunday, September 26 on Starz in the US and at 4am GMT Sunday, September 26 on Starzplay, available through Amazon Prime Video, in the UK. The show will then air weekly at 8pm ET/PT every Sunday on Starz in the US, and 3am GMT every Sunday on Starzplay, in the UK.

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