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From Eazy-E to ‘Mudbound,’ Jason Mitchell is one of Hollywood's most in-demand and thoughtful actors

From Eazy-E to ‘Mudbound,’ Jason Mitchell is one of Hollywood's most in-demand and thoughtful actors

Perhaps the most emotionally charged role of the 2015 blockbuster “Straight Outta Compton” is that of late N.W.A rapper Eazy-E, as played by Jason Mitchell. In a number of scenes, after Eazy-E finds out he had AIDS, Mitchell captures a level of sensitivity not often afforded black men in media; there's ugly-crying and hugging and intimacy. There’s vulnerability.

It’s this performance that put Mitchell, 30, at the top of Dee Rees’ wishlist for one of her leads in “Mudbound,” in theaters and available on Netflix on Friday.

“That’s why I wanted him, because of...

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