Mixing live action and animation, the Winston Bishop actor's latest project sees him play Keith 'Keef' Knight, a cartoonist whose adamance on "keeping it light" and refusing to get involved in politics is thrown into question when he gets racially profiled by an aggressive policeman.
After the traumatic incident, Keef discovers that he can talk to inanimate objects, from a malt liquor bottle to a trash can, and finds himself more aware of the microaggressions Black people face in everyday situations.
Speaking about the show's message, Morris claimed that it will "resonate with a lot of people" and tackle what it's like to have a voice but be too afraid to use it.
"It got an immediate reaction out of me," he told Entertainment Weekly. "When you're done watching comedies, a lot of times you just laugh and go, 'Man, that was funny.' You can remember a couple jokes here and there. When you're done watching something like this, you leave with something.
"[The script] meant something more to me just because it mirrored certain parts of my life. It echoed what friends and family have to deal with [regarding] race in this country, [or] all over the world. I gravitated towards it immediately. Page one, I was just hooked," he continued.
"The animation element of it is brilliant. I think [co-creator] Keith Knight, the person who I play, is brilliant, and I love his comic strip. I love his art. I love everything about what he does."
During the interview, Morris went on to address the timeliness of Woke and how "people are more aware today of what's been going on than they've ever been." He noted one moment in the pilot, in particular, where a marker pen tells his character that "the fog has been lifted" and likened it to what seems to be happening across the globe today.
"I feel like people can see clearly that a lot of people are in denial, which is okay. It's just all a part of the growing process. I'll still have conversations with friends that get a little eye-rolly, they don't really want to hear it, or they're not willing to talk about it, but over time you can see it piercing a little bit," he added.
"Winning people over is not a hundred percent our job, but if you can, great, we need allies. This is an all hands on deck fight.
"We had white writers, Black writers, all types of people that were in that writers' room. They were having these conversations with the women's movement, gay rights, all kinds of stuff that was being addressed. I assume that they wanted to bring that to the page."
Woke premieres on September 9 on Hulu in the US. Unfortunately, it has yet to pick up a broadcaster in the UK.
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