Paper Boi, a.k.a. Alfred Miles, the rising rapper on FX’s “Atlanta” can be labeled as many things: hilarious, lazy and intimidating amongst many other adjectives, but we can all agree on one thing to call him — lovable.
“I love this guy. I love Alfred,” Brian Tyree Henry, the actor who plays Paper Boi, tells TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “Alfred is every guy that I know. Everyone has an Alfred, I feel. Everyone knows that person, or has that cousin, or has that friend, or has that homie.”
The “Atlanta” star revealed that there’s much more to Alfred than his hard Paper Boi persona and he wants to be able to capture that.
“Alfred to me has a lot of heart, he’s very funny, he loves his family, he loves his friends, he’s about his money — his paper,” Henry explained.
The latter point was proven in the episode titled “The Club,” during which Paper Boi slapped a club manager with a stack of bills while trying to retrieve money owed to him.
“I think we all know somebody like that if we’re not Alfred ourselves,” Henry added.
As Season 1 of Donald Glover’s hit comedy-drama comes to a close, Henry said there will be plenty to talk about when it returns for Season 2 and hinted at the possibility of Alfred and Darius (his right-hand man played by Keith Stanfield) opening up a cookie company.
In preparation for Tuesday night’s season finale, all Henry could reveal was: “What is old is new again.
“It’s going to be really funny,” he promised.
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