Tim Roth Talks SELMA, Working with Ava DuVernay, Doing a Lot with Minimal Screen Time, Reuniting with Quentin Tarantino for THE HATEFUL EIGHT and More

     January 5, 2015


Tim Roth doesn’t get much screen time in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, but he certainly makes a lasting impression.  Roth steps in as George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama who is determined to preserve segregation and stop Martin Luther King’s (David Oyelowo) march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

With Selma due for a January 9th wide release, I got the opportunity to talk to Roth about his experience working with DuVernay, what it was like making sure his scenes in the film sold Wallace as a strong adversary for Doctor King, finding the right balance between adhering to historical fact and making a movie, reuniting with Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight and more.  Check it all out in the video interview after the jump.

Tim Roth:

  • Working with Ava DuVernay.
  • How to approach a character that gets minimal screen time.
  • The importance of everyone standing out in this ensemble cast.
  • Accessing George Wallace’s headspace.
  • Did he do research for the role?
  • Finding the right balance between getting the facts right and making an entertaining movie.
  • Working with Quentin Tarantino on The Hateful Eight.


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