Bryan Ray Trout, who is better known as Skeet Ulrich, was born January 20, 1970 which makes him 50 years old and an Aquarius. Skeet, born in Lynchburg, Virginia, is an actor. He is best known for portraying Billy Loomis in Scream and FP Jones, father of Jughead Jones, on the CW’s Riverdale.. He has also had roles in the following films: The Craft, As Good As It Gets and Ride with the Devil. He has also been featured on many television shows including, Jericho, Robot Chicken, CSI: NY, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: LA, I Am Elizabeth Smart and #FreeRayshawn. Skeet can next be seen in the upcoming science fiction drama Bios which will be released in 2021. Skeet is 6 feet tall.
jasmine cephas jones is now an emmy winner. a first-time emmy WINNER. congratulations jazzy for winning outstanding actress in a short form comedy or drama series for #FreeRayshawn well deserved. so proud of you.
Logline: Rayshawn Morris finds himself in an all-day standoff with New Orleans police. Desperate to protect his family, while proving his innocence, he turns to social media to clear his name with the help of one sympathetic cop.
Dru’s Decision: CARRY | ****
Quibi’s inaugural scripted slate had a bunch of thrilling concepts with overall nice execution. The next wave might be even better. #freerayshawn makes a powerful, timeless statement about how Black folx are brutally mistreated by the police (and society at large), and the role of social media in these racist actions. Thus far, of the shows to date on the streamer, director Seith Mann makes the most of the phone filming frame with lots of intimate shots of the characters to devastating emotional effect. Bullets shattering glass feel visceral, the conversations are tightly wound, and the car chase in the pilot is particularly well-shot. The escalation of violence could be interpreted as extreme or amplified for a TV series, but feels sadly believable. Best of all are the moments amongst the accused Black protagonist’s family, which add layers not commonly seen. The sweaty New Orleans setting also makes for a gorgeous landscape to paint on.
Laurence Fishburne is reliably excellent as police officer Steven, who wrings the most out of blowing up at racist white cops (including a really good Skeet Ulrich as passionate policeman Mike). His best moments are with Stephan James’ Iraqi War vet Rayshawn, delivering a powerhouse awards-submission-worthy performance as he deals with being chased + trapped. Jasmine Cephas Jones is also excellent as Rayshawn’s wife Tyisha, who powers through a terrifying situation until she is allowed to be vulnerable about her feelings. Also shoutout to Danny Boyd as young Ray Jr.
The fourth episode (“Put The Brother On The Phone,” ***) brought the media in as Rayshawn makes contact with Steven as Tyisha gets an emotional moment. The pilot (“What Are You Doing Here?,” ****) set everything up nicely, with an intimate car chase + some mystery. The second episode (“Clear The Building,” ***) felt like a bit of a holding pattern but set up Rayshawn’s social media outreach. The third episode (“Get Away From The Windows,” ****), my fave, was a bit quieter action-wise but featured a wonderful scene with Rayshawn trying to comfort Ray Jr. through it all.
In what would constitute a traditional TV drama pilot, the end of this series’ fourth episode would be analogous to the pilot cliffhanger that would kick off the season journey. However, the mystery has been tantalizingly teased without providing much additional insight about what really happened to Rayshawn. Not that it matters thematically. #freerayshawn is an alarming mystery enwrapped in a taut package that confronts many truths around racism towards Black folx. Though the titration of the mystery feels a bit stunted, this is #facts + #goals.