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Interview: ‘The Inspection’ Star Jeremy Pope on Doing This Role Justice


Mark my words, Jeremy Pope is going to be a big name in this business. There’s star power on display in The Inspection, where Pope has the central role. It’s tremendous work, which you won’t soon forget once you see it. Pope is going places. Recently, I spoke to The Inspection‘s writer/director Elegance Bratton here, as well as co-star Raúl Castillo here and co-star Gabrielle Union (here). Today, it’s Pope’s turn to chat with me.

In my review of The Inspection out of the Toronto International Film Festival (here), I had this to say about the performances:

Jeremy Pope has a star-making role that he more than makes the most of in The Inspection. Ellis is played with a ton of specificity, yet it’s in Pope’s portrayal that the universal feelings stream out. It’s quite an impressive turn. Bokeem Woodbine does a good job with the somewhat stock role of a cruel drill instructor, while Raúl Castillo highlights the conflict in his military man wonderfully. Then, there’s Gabrielle Union, who only has a few scenes, but makes the most of them with her complex and flawed maternal role. Supporting players include Eman EsfandiNicholas Logan, and McCaul Lombardi, but Pope and Union are the main highlights.

Below, you can hear my conversation with Pope. It was fascinating to talk with him about The Inspection, since he’s essentially playing his filmmaker Bratton. We talk about that, how he utilized Bratton, as well as his own tools, and much more. It’s a good discussion, from top to bottom. The Inspection is in theaters now, so be sure to give it a shot!


Here now is my interview with The Inspection star Jeremy Pope. Enjoy:

The Inspection is now in theaters!


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