David Oyelowo Talks SELMA, Sticking with the Project for Many Years, Working with Ava DuVernay, His Affinity for Martin Luther King, Jr. and More

     January 7, 2015


Selma’s been a long time coming for David Oyelowo.  He first read the script back in 2007 and even started gaining weight to play Martin Luther King, Jr. for Lee Daniels.  Clearly that never panned out, but it seems as though it was for the best.  Oyelowo insists that this is the right time for the film, both for him personally and for the country.

Shortly after scoring a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the film, Oyelowo sat down to talk about his experience working with director Ava DuVernay, what it was like sticking with the project for so many years, how he made this rendition of Doctor King his own and more.  Hit the jump to check it out and be sure to catch Selma when it gets a nationwide expansion on January 9th.

David Oyelowo:

  • Working with director Ava DuVernay.
  • On his affinity for Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • On Selma’s timely release.
  • Sticking with the project for so many years.
  • Making this big screen rendition of Doctor King his own.


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