SLUG: Along a similar line, without revealing anything, were you or any part of the production in real danger during the filming process?
Russell: Absolutely. The scariest part for me was the police. [Snow] is well respected and feared in that neighborhood and no one will really mess with him and so in turn no one would mess with me. But we were constantly on the run from the police. Curt and I got arrested together. I had pistols pulled on me and someone tried to run me over with a car and I jumped out of the way. Times when I did go down there and felt, “someone’s going to jail tonight,” I would leave. The Atlanta police in that neighborhood don’t really ask questions, they don’t really care. They’ll just arrest your ass. That’s scary ‘cause if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, you’re going down. We had to constantly move, we didn’t do multiple takes, we’d just do it and move the hell on. Ultimately, that’s how those guys live. They’re constantly on the run, they always have warrants out for their arrest, they’re always violating their probation, and it’s just always that lion-antelope analogy. I didn’t really understand it at first. Like, “why don’t you just stop breaking the law, then you won’t get in trouble.” I started to see that if you’re poor and in the hood, there’s a separate set of rules that apply to you, and if the cops feel like arresting you, they pretty much can. Trouble will find you, which was scary, but it did add to the authenticity of the film, because that’s how they really live.