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Edgar Ramirez on entering the alternate universe of Bright and all it entails


The action fantasy Bright takes place in an alternate universe where humans, orcs and elves all co-exist but don’t handle the differences any better than the different races and religions do here on planet earth. The discord is exacerbated when rumors begin flying that a magic wand has somehow made its way into their world.

The result is that human police officer Ward (Will Smith) and his orc partner Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), who thought they were heading out on an ordinary night of patrol, have to take a young woman into their protection and battle all the various factions who want to get their hands on the ancient artifcat.

“Basically, it’s a great and very interesting metaphor of the world we’re living in, where there’s so much intolerance, prejudice, and stereotypes,” say Edgar Ramirez, who plays an elf named Kandomere who works in the FBI’s magic division. “What was so appealing to me was to explore a subject that is so close to us in our daily lives in such a fantastical, new, and intriguing world.”

The dissension among the various sects — human, elves and orcs — brings to mind Rodney King‘s plea: Can we all just get along? And Ramirez agrees, also pointing out that the film reminds him of blockbuster movies he watched in the ’70s and ’80s that were so impactful, like E.T., which, in addition to being fantastical, dealt with how hurtful divorce is.

“Bright comes along in the tradition of big, entertaining movies that always touch upon greater subjects going on in society, such as the issue of identity, the issue of empathy, how to understand the other, how the other lives, and how do we, as you said, get along,” he says.