Actor De'Aundre Bonds Gets Career on Track After 10 Years in Prison 'The Wood' star details what role God played in his road to redemption.
Actor De'Aundre Bonds, on the long road to redemption
By the mid 90’s, De’Aundre Bonds’ acting career was headed in a promising direction. He had memorable roles in cult classics like "Get on the Bus", "Sunset Park", "Tale s From the Hood" and "The Wood" on his resume. Bonds ’success was not by accident, it was all part of his master plan. From a young age, the California native decide d t o avoid the path his parents took by not allowing alcohol, drugs and the violence in his South Central neighborhood to keep him from re aching his dreams of making it in Hollywood. However, right when he was about to make one of his biggest career moves—which would have been to star in Denzel Washington s’ Antwone Fisher—an unfortunate chain of events led Bonds to prison when he was charged and convicted of manslaughter in 2001.
“I just want to be able to show people not to always look at things as necessarily being bad but as something to show how strong you are how powerful you are”
Eleven years ago DE’Aundre Bonds struck fortune and tragedy at the same time by gaining the most important role of his career and becoming convicted of manslaughter. Bonds’zeal over learning from Denzel Washington that he acquired a co-starring role in “Antwone Fisher”clashed with the disposition of an aunt’s boyfriend and the confrontation between the men proved fatal. Bonds had already escaped a series of ghetto tribulations to get an auspicious career start appearing in movies like “The Wood”and“Get On The Bus.”The prison time seemed to return his life to a script written around the Republican party’s sociological assumptions about Black people. Bonds’significant opportunities in the film industry could not snuff out the specter of the hood but it did not envelope him. He lived liked many locked-up artists and used his creative undertakings to guard his sanity.His catalog of emotional references realized another layer of organic depth and his other ambitions gained urgency.
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