Dominique Fishback talks ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

The actress, poet and playwright talks about her role in the critically acclaimed film.
4:26 | 02/24/21

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Transcript for Dominique Fishback talks ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’
Like the masses I was in awe, when I first laid eyes on all the things you are, I heard that speech and when I kiss your cheek I knew we'd make noise, I just -- I thought it'd be in the streets. Wow, that was a powerful clip from the incredibly powerful new biopic, "Judas and the black messiah." It documents the story of revolutionary Fred Hampton, one of the founding members of the black panther party killed at just 21 years old in a planned assassination by the FBI. It's a film that has a lot of people talking for a lot of reasons including talking about some Oscar and awards buzz. It is remarkable and one of the remarkable performances comes from this young lady you're about to meet now. She plays Hampton's fiancee, actress, poet and playwright, Dominique Fishback. There she is. Good morning. Good to see you. And out the corner of my eye we were playing that clip you kind of just took a breath there almost. What do you see when you see your performance and really the power of this film? What is it for you that seems to in just that moment seemed to still move you a bit? Yeah, honestly my whole cast and I, we really cared about the story. We prayed to be vessels so the story could come through us in an authentic way and actually ended up shooting that scene the 50th anniversary of the assassination of chairman Fred. So the energy around set that day was palpable. It was somber. We really didn't understand what was kind of going through us and for me the night before I kept having to tell myself nothing bad is going to happen today. Nothing bad is going to happen to him. My body couldn't tell the difference from what I allowed myself to believe and have for those months. So I think when I see that clip it just brings me back to that time. Yeah, you were living it. You were breathing it. You talked about authenticity, Dominique. We mentioned you're a poet, not just an actress and were able to bring that poetry, your own poetry into the script. Tell me how that happened and what that felt like. It is such a personal thing and to act out your own words. I'm curious what that was like. I always loved and celebrated the black panther party. I knew about Deborah Johnson and what she had done to show chairman Fred at 19 and then when he was assassinated. I kind of knew that story a bit and so to bring my likeness and my voice and then get the opportunity to bring my own words was just -- it was beyond. It was already a blessed experience but to have that just add on top of it was -- I couldn't have understood it. You said you knew the story a bit, the Fred Hampton story I think a lot of people can say they know it a bit. Do you think something about this film coming out now after the summer of 2020, you do think now there is an opportunity for people to be able to receive it differently or see it with different eyes now? A lot of times it's hard for us to admit that we were wrong or maybe that we learned something our whole lives and people are more willing to say even though I thought this my whole life maybe this is not true just because it's not my experience doesn't mean it's not the experience of those around me, people who I know that maybe don't even talk about it with me. So I think that the movie coming out now like chairman Fred, Jr. Said was open so people are more receptive to hear that there was a planned attack, an assassination on a 21-year-old black man because he wanted to unify people, oppressed people, all races. Dominique, you are a wonder to behold in this movie and the movie is -- Thank you. -- Absolutely going to be talked about for quite some time in award season. But congratulations to you for the movie and that performance you put on that a lot of people will be talking about. We hope to see you back on Thank you. Thank you for having me. Come back and do a poem for Yes, of course, I would love to. "Judas and the black messiah" in theaters and streaming on HBO What an inspirational person. We're going to get more

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