He is the head of a gang,” said Bill Duke, a legendary actor (The Oval, Commando,Predator) and director (“Fame, “Hill Street Blues”), about his new role in the Warner Bros. Picture presentation, No Sudden Move, premiering on HBO Max July 1.

“He’s competing with other gangs – that’s big in Detroit. He is one of many gang leaders.”

No Sudden Move is a thriller crime drama starring Don Cheadle and Benicio del Toro with appearances by Matt Damon. It is directed by Academy Awardwinning Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s franchise) and written by Ed Solomon.

Bill Duke’s character is called OG, the Original Gangster.

“I’ve worked with Steven Soderbergh on other films,” Duke said about how he got on the project. “We heard of his film . . . reached out.”

About enjoying the taping, he said, “Just working with Matt Damon and Don Cheadle was great. Don, off-screen, is the funniest person you’d ever want to meet.”

The New York native talked about filming the crime drama during the pandemic.

Yes, it was during the pandemic,” Duke said. “There were certain things we had to do. All the time we had a ‘Covid Team’ there on set, testing us several times a day.”

Warner Bros. Pictures’ No Sudden Move also stars Ray Liotta, Jon Hamm, Brendan Fraser, David Harbour, Amy Seimetz, Kieran Culkin, Noah Jupe, Craig Grant, Julie Fox and Frankie Shaw. It takes place in 1954 in racially charged Detroit. A small gang has been set up to take the fall. However, they escape and are now on a search for who hired them and to find out why.

Before our interview ended Bill Duke said, “Tell your readers to check out my network, YouNite. It will be up pretty soon . . . second week in July. We will have something positive for the kids and its focus is on all the good.”

The YouNite Network has been launched by Bill Duke’s company Duke Media Entertainment with an aim to provide inspiring, educational and entertaining projects.

Duke is also a producer (Dark Girls), author (“The Works of the Invisible Man”) and poet (“The Journey”).

Other credits include Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird, “Black Lightning,” Menace II Society, X-Men 3, Starsky & Hutch, Charlie’s Angels and Sister Act 2. He also has a 501 c3 Foundation, Duke Media Foundation, which exposes youth to new media tools.

For more information visit www.YouNiteNetwork.com, www.DukeMediaFoundation.org or www.WarnerBros.com.

Eunice Moseley has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a public relations strategist and business management consultant at Freelance Associate and is promotions director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. For more information, visit www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.

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