Jeffrey Wright explores authenticity and acceptance in “American Fiction”

Acclaimed actor Jeffrey Wright discusses the comedy-drama film “American Fiction,” emphasizing its focus on capturing the humanness of characters striving for authenticity in a world that often misperceives them. Directed by Cord Jefferson and adapted from Percival Everett’s novel “Erasure,” the movie follows Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, a professor and novelist navigating family trauma, loss, and societal expectations. Wright, nominated for a Golden Globe for his role, stresses that the film is not about an identity crisis but rather Thelonious’ quest to be authentically seen as a Black man. Co-starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Sterling K. Brown, “American Fiction” hits select theaters on Dec 15 and expands on Dec 22, exploring themes of freedom, intellect, and acceptance.