FX Snowfall star Damson Idris says “I could relate to that side of it”

Damson Idris Photo by Michael Yarish/FX

Premiere: The rise of the drug wars in Los Angeles July 5th at 7 pm PT, 10 pm ET on DirecTV

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/7/5 – “Where I come where I’m from is Peckham, London,” says Snowfall star Damson Idris. “So, a lot of the issues which happened in South Central maybe not in the ’80s, but particularly now, definitely happened in my community. I could relate to that side of it. I started watching I think the first time I watched Boyz n the Hood I was too young. I must have been about maybe ten, eleven. And I was fascinated with the world. I was, like, wow. It was literally my first eye opener to America. I mean, I was this guy from London who didn’t know anything about America. I always thought it was like, you know, Brad Pitt. And, you know, I didn’t know, I thought it was just Hollywood. And then, I saw this whole different side to it, which, you know, kind of linked me to where I was from. And then, I was instantly linked to it.”


“One of the things that we try to do starting out with this season is show how, when we go into South Central, how different it was then,” says Snowfall executive producer John Singleton. “There were no bars on the windows, less fences. That happens once this whole snowfall, as we call it, pervades the neighborhood. People change, families change, alliance changes, becomes more dangerous. I think going back to your question about how much how this is propagated over time and everything, I think that when you watch the show and you see what we’ve prepared for this season, a lot of people there will be people who have lived in that time, they’ll watch it and have a déjà vu from those times, during Reagan, and now, to where we are right now. And then there are other people who are coming sight unseen who weren’t even born then that will watch it with totally new and clean eyes, and they will see the kind of thing, like it won’t be a nostalgic thing for them. It will be a reflection of their contemporary lives, and that’s what we really hoped.”

This fiction story show the growth of the crack cocaine epidemic in 1983 Los Angeles. This gritty story shows the violence and crime of the drug trade and how the neighborhoods changed due to the rise in drugs.

Damson Idris is Franklin Saint a street punk trying to turn a buck and wants power.

Sergio Peris-Mencheta is Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata Mexican wrestler who’s close connections to a crime family gets caught in their power struggle.

Carter Hudson is Teddy McDonald a CIA operative gon bad. He goes rouge and begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras.

Emily Rios is Lucia Villanueva a daughter of a Mexican crime lord who may get her hands dirty.


Damon Idris (@DamsonIdris ‏) as Franklin Saint

Carter Hudson (@IMCarterHudson ‏) as Teddy McDonald

Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Gustavo ‘El Oso’ Zapata

Michael Hyatt as Cissy Saint

Amin Joseph (@Amin_Joseph ‏)as Jerome Saint

Angela Lewis (@luvangelalewis ‏) as Aunt Louie

Isaiah John (@Isaiahkjohn ‏)as Leon Simmons

Juan Javier Cárdenas as Alejandro Usteves

Alon Moni Aboutboul as Avi Drexler

Emily Rios (@Emily1LoveRios ‏) as Lucia Villanueva

Malcom Mays as Kevin Hamilton

Filipe Valle Costa (@FilipeVCosta ‏) as Pedro Nava

Created by John Singleton & Eric Amadio and Dave Andron and Executive Produced by Singleton, Andron, Thomas Schlamme, Amadio, Michael London and Trevor Engelson. Andron will serve as showrunner.

Twitter: @SnowfallFX,@DamsonIdris ‏,@Emily1LoveRios @IMCarterHudson@Amin_Joseph@Isaiahkjohn‏‏, @luvangelalewis ‏, @FilipeVCosta @JohnSolbergFX ‏, @FXNetworks 

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