Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has struck quite an emotional chord with viewers, and it sounds like one of the film's stars had a surprising impact on that.
In the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - the Art of the Movie book, co-director Bob Persichetti spoke about the casting of Jefferson Davis (Brian Tyree Henry) and Aaron Davis/Prowler (Mahershala Ali), two characters who have a profound impact on the superhero origin of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore).
"Miles Morales has a supporting cast of family members including his dad, Jefferson, and Uncle
"We talked to Mahershala and told him we wanted Brian to play his brother in the movie." Persichetti continued. "Mahershala told us he really loved the idea and that they had the same acting teacher. Mahershala said Brian was a "real actor". So then the first time we got to record him, it was in the middle of a season of Atlanta and Mahershala was right, Brian is a fantastic actor. Mahershala is magic and so talented, and then as we were recording Brian we were just floored at how right he was about Brian's acting talent."
As Perischetti went on to explain, Henry's performance helped elevate the character beyond some more stereotypical portrayal, and actually shifted who Miles primarily interacted with within the book.
"The character of Jefferson is a police officer and a father, and he could have easily been
"Then we recorded Brian, and his voice quality and his ability to really lighten up the heavy lines made him the catalyst for the father and son relationship to become what it
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in theaters now.