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In Devotion, director J.D. Dillard didn’t want to sugarcoat the reality of groundbreaking airman Jesse Brown, the first African American to complete the U.S. Navy’s basic flight training program.

The biographical war drama tells the story of elite fighter pilots Brown and Tom Hudner. The pair were the most celebrated wingmen during the Korean War. On screen, they are embodied by Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell.

I caught up with Dillard to talk about his connection with the movie’s subject matter and the conversations he had to do justice to the legacy of a fallen American hero.

Simon Thompson: Before you came across the book, were you aware of this story? I know about your father’s military history, so I wondered if you were aware of it in relation to that.

Thompson: Telling a story like this, and on the scale that this movie

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