“The way I know that I’m reading a character that I would want to play is that I start picturing myself on the set portraying that character.” – David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo: “You sort of need to pummel and plow away for longer, as a black actor, to get a degree of fame”
“I have concerns, I have hopes, you know, and that’s what you want to see in a character.” – David Oyelowo
Oyelowo explains how he approached a key scene where he had to give a speech defending his character to his people.
“My ambition is to keep the audience guessing…that is my path to a long career.” – David Oyelowo
“The only thing that works is hours and hours of saying them over and over and over again” – David Oyelowo
“Don’t send me your script if you want me to play the black best friend. I just won’t do that.” – David Oyelowo
“You can’t afford for there to be gaps in your pool of knowledge when it comes to a character, otherwise what ends up onscreen is generalized and unspecific” – David Oyelowo
Playing a real person, on stage or screen, can be a burden of responsibility for even the most experienced actor.
In Selma, David Oyelowo portrays Martin Luther King, Jr. in the events surrounding the 1965 Selma voting rights marches.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6t7vVTxaic Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.…
Lee Daniels Narrates a Scene from His Film, ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Featuring Forrest Whitaker and Oprah (video)
The New York Times has a fun on-going series called Anatomy of a Scene where…
In Theaters: January 20, 2012