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‘Dope’ Director Rick Famuyiwa on the Mainstream Appeal of His Sundance Hit

Director Rick Famuyiwa talks to Deadline about his hit Sundance film, Dope, which was made independently but then got distribution through a bidding war.

He says about the film’s three central characters, “These three kids have ambition, it’s what drives the movie. That optimism, Malcolm’s ambition, is the lens by which the audience connects. Whatever success the film has had, it’s because people relate to the honesty of this kid even if they’re not from that environment. It’s the same way that I connected to The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off even though I wasn’t a white kid from suburban Chicago. Back to the first question, people will say that The Breakfast Club is a mainstream movie and try to characterize Dope as niche. But as I connected to those characters in Breakfast Club, so can audiences connect to Dope.”

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