After watching Ava DuVernay’s Selma, one of the first things that occurred to me was that it was going to be very hard for anyone to top David Oyelowo’s portrayal of late American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr.
It seems David Oyelowo will indeed get the chance to top his own performance, after the actor revealed he was approached by (the almighty) Steven Spielberg about playing MLK in his long in development film based on the life of the civil rights activist.
The actor made this known in a recent interview with Esquire, where he hinted that it might just happen.
According to him, he met Spielberg at an AFI awards event recently, and the director told him he was impressed by how well the actor interpreted the life of MLK. He said, “My goodness, David, that’s one of the best things I have ever seen. You really inspired me to take another look at my Dr. King film…You would reprise the role, right? You would do it again?”
According to Oyelowo, “That was quite a mountain to climb. Not only did idea of being asked to do it again give me pause, but here he is, Steven Spielberg of all people, [asking] if I entertain doing it again. I don’t know. I really don’t know. I’ve already been asked by a project that will remain nameless.
“To be honest, right now, today I couldn’t think of anything worse. Just the weight gain alone is a reason for me to stay away from it! But I feel like we did so much we set out to do with that film. It’s time to let that film do its thing for a while before I go entertaining anything like that.”
David Oyelowo was infamously denied an Oscar for his role in Selma.
You can read the full Esquire interview here.
Source: Shadow and Act