Though this is a bit off topic, I felt compelled to write this post. For all you Colin Firth fans (which I am as well), Colin is in a movie, due to be released in theaters called Devil’s Knot. It’s a story about the ‘Memphis Three’ murders in West Memphis Arkansas back in 1993.
Though this story is not as much about the murders themselves, it is more centered around the case of the three young men accused, tried and convicted of the crimes, apparently, despite a vast lack of evidence. All three young men proclaimed their innocence even after being sentenced. The heart of this film begins there and tells the story of the effort to prove their innocence.
Colin Firth plays a Private Investigator, Ron Lax who takes on the case, believing personally that the teenagers were innocent. Incidentally, Ron, happens to be my first cousin. The son of my mother’s oldest brother. Due to a pretty large age difference and then living states apart, much of my contact with Ronnie (as I know him) was when I was very young. My fondest memory of him was when he had come north to visit my family. I remember being dazzled by the fact that he was a PI (private investigator). You see, at the time, the profession was being celebrated by tv shows showcasing dashing lead actors like Jack Nickolson, James Garner and Tom Select. Though I don’t remember the stories he told, I do remember him telling them all the same.
You may be thinking.. “that’s cool, Lori!” Yet sharing the fact that Colin Firth will be playing my cousin is not the motivation for this post. Instead it is to bring honor to my cousin, who passed away yesterday morning after a long battle with brain cancer.
This is my cousin Ronnie… pictured with his two brothers. My thoughts and prayers go out to his brothers, (also my cousins, of course) on the loss of their beloved brother and to Ronnie’s wife.
Thanks everyone for your patience as I honor my cousin’s life and one of his accomplishments. If you get the chance to see Devils Knot, remember my cousin and his loved ones!
Wonderful interview where Colin Firth speaks of his portrayal.