Tom Wilkinson Talks SELMA, Preparing for His Scenes, Working with David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay as an Actor’s Director and More

     January 6, 2015


There are a lot of standout relationships in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, but one of the most fascinating ones to track is the one between David Oyelowo’s Martin Luther King and Tom Wilkinson’s President Lyndon B. Johnson.  It’s beyond clear that equal voting rights is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed immediately, but at the same time, Wilkinson highlights that, as the president, Johnson has quite a bit on his plate, and that combination results in some particularly thoughtful and tense verbal sparring scenes with especially powerful builds.

With Selma getting its wide release on January 9th, I got the chance to sit down with Wilkinson to talk about working with DuVernay and Oyelowo, how he likes to prepare for his scenes, his preference for sticking to the script and much more.  Check it all out in the video interview after the jump.

Tom Wilkinson:

  • Working with Ava DuVernay.
  • DuVernay as an actor’s director.
  • Nailing key beats in his scenes.
  • Working with David Oyelowo.
  • Walking into his scenes with an idea, but nothing more specific than that.
  • On sticking to the script.


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