Interview: Brian Banks & Tom Shadyac Open Up About “Brian Banks”

Brian Banks was sent to hell and back in the spring of 2002 when he was wrongfully accused and convicted of rape. Over the following nine years, he fought justice to clear his name and get his chance to return to the place he always felt at home - the football field.

Brian Banks, a new film by Tom Shadyac, tells Banks’ courageous journey in all its grit and heartache. And though there is never the promise of a happy ending, you can’t deny that Brian feels fortunate that his story is getting the platform to educate and inspire those like him.

Check out that and a whole lot more as we sit down with Banks and Shadyac to discuss the film, the journey, and the importance that these stories don't get lost in the shuffle.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.