“Bad” and “Good” are not defined in Stallone’s “Samaritan”

Sylvester Stallone’s new thriller, “Samaritan,” tells the story of a superhero about morality. Two extraordinary brothers – one evil and one good – embark on opposing paths of revenge and forgiveness after their family is brutally murdered.

Dominican-American actor Dasha Polanco, who plays a difficult mother and Stallone’s neighbor in the film, says viewers will find something personal and close in either brother because deep down, a person can be both.

“Is there really good and bad? Are you the result of your circumstances?” she asked during an interview with NBC News. “Within the bad, inside the good, you find something to relate to.”

The film, which launches globally on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, follows Polanco’s 13-year-old son (played by Javon Walton) who believes his reclusive neighbor (played by Stallone) is a superhero named Samaritan.

Samaritan’s death was reported two decades ago, after an epic battle with his brother, Nemesis, in a fiery warehouse. And the city, undermined by crime, is divided between the two brothers’ masses. Some demand revenge on enemies, while others hope for the justice of the Samaritan.

Polanco says the movie is complex enough that viewers see his brother as either a hero or a villain. But the line between good and evil is not always defined.

And the actress — best known for her character Dayanara “Dia” Diaz, a guest on the Emmy-winning Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” — believes that this lack of definition can help people remake themselves as heroes, even when they are mistaken and viewed them as villains.

Photo: Dasha Polanco and Sylvester Stallone
From left, Dasha Polanco and Sylvester Stallone in “Samaritan”.Daniel McFadden/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

“When you take a risk, I think that is the hero within us. When you come back, that is the hero within us,” she said. “And this is a power that we sometimes overlook and don’t realize we have.”

Polanco says her real heroes are her parents. And when she looks back, she considers herself responsible for their sacrifice.

“I feel like there’s a wand passed down through the generations. My parents did their due diligence to bring me here,” she said, referring to her family’s emigration from the Dominican Republic to the United States. “They did what they could with the tools they had. The wand was handed to me. And those tools I will use for me and what I can do. And I will pass that on to my children.”

When asked about the values ​​that drive heroes, Polanco admires those who overcome adversity and points to their resilience and perseverance as core principles that have also become part of her identity.

“I was born in the Dominican Republic. I am proud to be a Dominican. And I was raised here in America. I am proud to be able to have this opportunity,” she said. “But more importantly, I am a warrior. I’m ready for all the battles that come my way.”

Polanco says that working with Stallone on “Samaritan” assured her as an actress. And like her son in the movie, she was a huge fan off screen, too.

“I looked at Sylvester Stallone. He’s creative. He’s a legend. And I’ve seen his movies.” “So when I was a little girl, I aspired to be an actress and then to be one and to be able to work with him, it was full circle for me.”

Polanco, like many heroes, says her success on screen inspires her to do more for others.

“You can only be as great as [whom] Share your opportunities with. “

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