Though the Oscars this year were widely decried for seemingly ignoring David Oyelowo’s performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” They may have another chance to correct that mistake.
In an interview with Esquire, the British actor says people are not only still calling him about his role as the famed American Civil Rights leader, but that some major people have asked him to take on the part again:
“I was at an event for AFI during award season and Steven Spielberg – who famously has been interested in making his own Martin Luther King film – came up to me and 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.’
And then he goes, ‘You would reprise the role, right? You would do it again?’ My stomach all but fell out of my body. I was just like, ‘Oh, my lord.’ 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.”
Back in 2009, DreamWorks acquired the life rights to Martin Luther King Jr. for a biopic back in 2009, a project which Spielberg will produce.