‘Fighting as I thought about how he had to fight to survive’: Netflix’s The Harder They Fall Star LaKeith Stanfield Talks Battling Crippling Anxiety While On-Set

by Jhanaya Belle

November 8, 2021

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Actor LaKeith Stanfield is getting candid about his experience while filming the highly anticipated Netflix Black Western film The Harder They Fall.

The 30-year-old recently shared how his mental health tanked while filming the movie in a lengthy Instagram post.

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“I couldn’t see what life had in store to teach me about myself that I needed to know,” Stanfield stated.

During filming, the San Bernardino native drew inspiration from figures like “The Real Cherokee.” While drawing motivation from this figure, he stated that he kept “Fighting as i thought about how he had to fight to survive. How the youth in Chicago has to fight everyday to survive.”

However, the 30-year-old revealed that he did find joy in working with the horses that were used on-set.

 

“I loved the horses so much because of their silent strength and beautiful patience with my reluctant fear at having never rode a horse before..” he said. “They weren’t shy in making me be great.”

In the recent Instagram post, a clip of the actor can be seen embracing one of the horses before being approached by fellow co-star Jonathan Majors

Detailing how his mental health was affected, Stanfield stated that he faced crippling anxiety, and suffered silently. To cope with the crippling anxiety, he would drink every night.

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“Fighting through the trauma to get to myself. Here’s to almost 6 months sober. Here’s to the fact that the bigger the goal God has for them, the taller they stand and, The Harder They Fall,” said Stanfield as he applauded himself while ending his Instagram post.

The Harder They Fall stars Stanfield, Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, and more. Roc-Nation general Jay-Z also serves as a producer in the movie now streaming on Netflix.

Tell us down below, have you watched The Harder They Fall yet? What are your thoughts on LaKeith Stanfield’s portrayal as the dangerous Cherokee Bill?

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