Following the New York premiere of “Selma,” a dramatic account of a pivotal chapter in the civil rights movement, director  Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo and other cast members took to the steps of the city’s public library, raising their arms in the “don’t shoot” pose and wearing T-shirts bearing the last words of slain Staten Island resident Eric Garner: “I can’t breathe.” The red-carpet event and protest unfolded on the same December weekend that saw more than 25,000 demonstrators march through the streets of Manhattan after a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the choking death of Garner.

 

David Oyelowo is on an all time career high right now with Brad Pitt singing his name to sharing a magazine cover with legendary talkshow host, Oprah Winfrey.  There is currently Oscar buzz for his role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. He shares the February cover of Variety magazine with the film’s director Ava DuVernay  and media mogul, Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah on the timing of ‘Selma’ in the world: Divine timing is what it is. You get to see the magnitude and power of their discipline and strategy. And also, in the end, that they called on love. When (King) called on those clergy from all over the country, they actually came and (were willing to give) up their lives.

David on playing Martin Luther King: I was really drawn to this man — to the self-sacrifice, the notion of love in the face of hate. As a man of faith, the things that he held dear were the things that lodged in my spirit.

Ava DuVernay on directing ‘Selma’: I was like, ‘Are these people really serious?!’ I didn’t have to pitch. (David) had done that for me. What was important to me was that everyone be real. I was interested in the people who were there, being bludgeoned and humiliated: the real Amelia Boynton, the real Diane Nash, the real John Lewis, the real C.T. Vivian, the real Andrew Young.

Source: Variety

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