David Oyelowo has been in the news a lot this past few weeks and it’s not difficult to imagine why. Fresh off a critically acclaimed made-for-TV film (at least his performance was), Nightingale, Oyelowo sits down with The Hollywood Reporter and discusses what it was like working on Nightingale. He also speaks on his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s Selma and the opportunities that have come his way as a result of the film.
According to Oyelowo, “When I first read the script, I just thought, ‘this simply can’t be done.” He says further that he realized that confidence is born out of taking risks, which is why he eventually decided to do it.
In Nightingale, David Oyelowo plays the role of Peter Snowden, a man obsessed with an old army friend, whom he loves. The film follows Peter as he records his private thoughts and feelings – his nightingale song – in the days leading up to his reunion with Edward. Before long, the hostile world outside Peter’s door begins to threaten the idyllic future that he’s so desperately trying to build.
Watch the interview below.