Kelly & Michael: David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo came by to talk to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan about the new movie Selma, which looks absolutely amazing. He’s become a highly sought after actor and has also been in Lincoln, The Butler, and Interstellar. Now he’s playing Dr. Martin Luther King. He had a great entrance. Kelly said she was shocked because he looks so different than he does in the film. He’s brilliant in it.
Kelly & Michael: David Oyelowo Acting Start
He was born in Oxford and raised in London. As a 14-year-old, he was obsessed with his pastor’s daughter. He never listened to a sermon and just stared at her hair. One day, she asked him to go to the theater with her. He got a rose from his mother’s garden and she thought it was weird. It wasn’t what he thought it was. She took him to a youth group that was low on boys. He saw them all warming up and thought it was so weird and that she took him to a cult. But that’s where it all began. He kept going and became an actor. He never ended up dating her though.
His parents thought acting was just a phase. His father didn’t get it and said he should be a doctor, engineer, or lawyer. He secretly applied to drama school and got a scholarship. Then his dad said they could tell everyone back home his son was a scholar. He came to see him as Henry VI. He came to the UK when there was a lot of racism. He sat through 12 hours of Shakespeare and after he said he couldn’t believe that a black man and his son could play the King of England.
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Kelly & Michael: ‘Selma’ Review
Oyelowo is brilliant as Dr. Martin Luther King. Kelly & Michael were blown away and Kelly said it should be shown in schools, because the lessons aren’t taught they way they should be. It shows the bravery and suffering in our recent history. It shows everything he went through to get the Voting Rights Act.
Oyelowo was nominated for a Golden Globe. It was a seven-year journey to get Selma made. He and his wife moved here and he read the script. He related to it and heard God say that he was going to do this movie. He even wrote it in his diary. The director didn’t agree with God at first, but they finally did it.
He gets Dr. King’s voice down perfectly. In the clip of Selma, Dr. King gave a speech. He really did do an amazing job. Kelly had goose bumps. Selma opens in select theaters on Christmas and nationwide on January 9, 2015.