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Miguel says Detroit director took a huge chance on casting him for role


ABC/Byron CohenDetroitbased on the true story of the 1967 police raid at Detroit’s Algiers Motel and the days-long riot that followed, stars Miguel as a member of soul music group the Dramatics.  

he singer-songwriter tells Billboard the the film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, “took a huge chance” on casting him for the role.

He explains, “Being part of the process from audition to actually having a moment in the film was really inspiring just to see all the talent and then to get the sense of what we were actually auditioning. When we auditioned I had no idea. There was a general script, but it was really our interaction with each other.”

“To see it turn into what it is now, an actual film, is really inspiring,” Miguel adds. The “Coffee” artist also credits the Dramatics as being one of the legendary bands from the ’60s who “inspired” him to write music.  

“I loved those groups — The Dramatics, The TemptationsThe DelfonicsThe Stylistics, all of ’em.” 

And while he’s carving a second career as an actor, fans have the release of Miguel’s fourth album to look forward to, and much more.  

He tells Billboard that he’s “really excited to release some music, like really soon — yesterday. I’ve been recording the past year and a half.”  

Detroit is open now in limited release. It will go wide this Friday, August 4.  

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