David Oyelowo Talks About Playing MLK in 'Selma'

His performance has already earned him a Golden Globe nomination and early Oscar buzz.
3:02 | 12/23/14

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This weather report brought to you by Ashley furniture home store. George, back to you. The british act or David transformed himself. He's earned early Oscar buzz and sat down with Amy robach to talk about the experience. We will not wait any longer. Give us. That's right, no more. We're not asking, we're demanding. Give us the vote. When I read this script, I just felt a deep, spiritual connection to it. I wasn't cast immediately. The director at the time didn't think I was right for the role. But once I had that knowing, I stuck with it for seven years and here we are. The right place, the right time. You stuck with it. And remarkable when this film is now being released. The story of martin Luther king and the protests in the streets down south, obviously, in Selma. What's happening here, across the country now. Such a -- a shocking parallel to then and now. I know. The parallels are undeniable. And that's one of the things, you know, there were many frustrating bumps in the road towards this -- this moment. I actually got attached to the project officially in 2010. And still we struggled to get this film off the ground. But when I look at what's going on in the nation now, and it just being such a perfect time for this movie. You know, all of that frustration paves the way. I have to say you nailed that southern martin Luther king cadence perfectly. How difficult was that? We must March. Every day I would try to do something to try to get closer to him. Because I knew this was going to be in my future at some point. I worked with an incredible dialect coach, and spent a lot of time with his friends. Congressman John lewis was on the set. Was that intimidates? It was extraordinary. I met him on the set. He walked straight up to me and said Dr. King, it is so nice to see you again. Wow. I was just frozen by that. Because what a thing for him to say, having not seen his friend for nearly 50 years. And speaking to how you look, you sounded like mlk, looked like him. You had a physical transformati transformation. Yeah. I put on quite a bit weight. About 30 pounds. Shave mid hairline back. Did you recognize yourself in the mirror at that point? It got a little strange at points, I have to say. Because there was this weird spiritual exchange. It was the only way I can describe it. I looked in the mirror in the bathroom one day and I couldn't see myself anymore. It was a little bit strange. But I'm glad to be back to me. David, thank you so much. Thanks for having me. He became martin Luther king Jr. "Selma KWN opens in select cities on Christmas day,

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