Interview with Fred "The Hammer" Williamson | One of Us

Martin & Brian Interview Film Legend Fred “The Hammer” Williamson

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Legend. It’s a word possibly overused in a culture of hyper-nostalgia. It’s also a totally rad fantasy movie from director Ridley Scott. But there again, you see my point.

Still, if any man qualifies as a legend, it has to be Fred “The Hammer” Williamson. Hammer was a staple of the blaxploitation genre with standout roles in films like Black Caesar, Boss, and Hell Up in Harlem. In the decades since, he has continued to illuminate silver screens with his radiant aura of irrepressible cool.

He’s also a personal hero of mine, and the fact that we actually got the opportunity to speak with Mr. Williamson is beyond thrilling. For this installment of OneOfUs.SHOW, I am joined by fellow Hammer fan Martin Thomas to chat with Fred about his career, his origins, and his in-development project Old School Gangstas (a sequel to Original Gangstas).

One of the first things over which Martin and I bonded was our shared love of blaxploitation, and it seems only fitting that an Original Gentleman join me for this interview with an Original Gangsta.


Give the interview a listen, and please forgive the less-than-stellar audio quality of this over-the-phone conversation.


Interested in helping to fund Old School Gangstas? Let The Hammer tell you a little more about it, and then visit the film’s Indiegogo page to learn how to donate.

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Brian is a four-year veteran of the interwebs, a member of The Austin Film Critics Association, and currently writes for Film School Rejects, Movie Pilot,, and Fandango. An obsessive consumer of film, Brian loves everything from Buster Keaton to 80s post-apocalyptic sci-fi. He’s also a diehard Indianapolis Colts fan and collects VHS, laser discs, and classic game systems. An eighth-level geek overlord, Brian is one of the founders of, the brainchild of he and partner in crime Christopher Lawrence Cox. Brian cohosts both the Inside the Locker and Digital Noise podcasts.