1883 star LaMonica Garrett on the importance of black cowboy stories and what he likes about Taylor Sheridan’s writing


When Yellowstonethe prequel 1883 was first announced, it seemed like a great way for Paramount + to build the flagship series Dutton family mythology and all of its protection of justice glory. And while that’s certainly part of what the streaming western does, 1883 is not worried about exploiting such connectionsbecause Taylor Sheridan has another universe of stories to tell with these specific characters, some of whom share names with others in the family tree. One of those non-Dutton stories belongs to Agent Pinkerton Thomas, played with hard-jawed stoicism by the Arrowverse and Sons of anarchy veterinarian LaMonica Garrett.

Although not much is known about Thomas at this point in time 1883‘s run, what we do know is that LaMonica Garrett portrays the rare black television cowboy whose narrative is not largely driven by the racial tensions associated with the Civil War. As the right hand of Shea Brennan’s left hand, Thomas maintains an understated presence among the many in attendance. the epic journey across the country, but he’s more than smart and badass enough for any given situation or conversation. When the actor spoke to CinemaBlend before Season 1, I asked him how important it was for him to star in a high-profile western that treats race in such an atypical way. In his words:

Yeah, that’s important, because we weren’t here if you let Hollywood say it. In different TV shows and movies, like, the black cowboys weren’t there, but they were. One in four cowboys was a black cowboy, and these are stories that need to be told. And the only thing I liked about these scripts and Taylor’s writing for this black cowboy was that slavery was never mentioned. You know, the N bomb was never dropped. It was just, what you think a black cowboy should go through around this time, he was just a cowboy. And that’s what those black cowboys were back then. They were just cowboys, but they had stories. We just don’t know these stories.

Which doesn’t mean Taylor Sheridan watered down 1883so that Thomas’s story is inauthentic in the least. It’s not like he’s a black cowboy being treated like a king or anything, and Thomas gets targeted and shot in the same way as some of the other members of the party. She is just not a character who suffers from many of the stereotypes so common in other genre endeavors over the past century.

LaMonica Garrett is clearly delighted with what he went through on set 1883 so far, giving Taylor Sheridan credit for realizing how important normalizing the black cowboy experience is, especially in non-sensational ways. The actor went on to say:

And every now and then throughout the series, Thomas may refer to his past, but he doesn’t lean into it. It’s not a misfortune, it’s me. He’s just a cowboy telling a story, like millions of others. And, you know, I hope [for more like it]. They’re starting to be shown more now – The Harder They Fall is out. There are movies and projects featuring black cowboys. Bass Reeves, I heard they were going to do a show about it. So I hope this is the start. At the end of the day, they’re all cowboys, and those cowboys were just black, but they had stories and they need to be told.

Three cheers for this feeling! And conversations about race that surrounded the Popular and well-received Netflix Original really talks about the rarity of a black cowboy movie like The more they fall. It is rumored that viewers will witness a flashback or two of Thomas’ past as he delves into his war efforts for the military, with or without another. cameo appearance by Tom Hanks. And if and when this happens, we can presume that Taylor Sheridan

The upcoming series Bass Reeves had something of a mini-predecessor in the first episode of HBO Watchmen, which also provided a very unique racial touch to the genre storytelling. It’s certainly worth a short fan fiction story about LaMonica Garrett’s Monitor and Anti-Monitor from the same DC-based universe as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Doctor Manhattan, right? Alright, alright, that’s for another time, I get it.

With its first two episodes having received a television-fueled boost via post-Yellowstone broadcasts, 1883 airs new episodes every sunday on Paramount +, with many more to come from Brennan, Thomas and Sam Elliott. And be sure to keep an eye out for all the new shows and those coming back to the small screen soon with our 2022 TV premieres program!


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