British David Oyelowo responds to a question about the backlash over Erivo’s casting.
He uses some Oscar-winning performances as examples to prove his point.
Any actor should be allowed to portray a person of any nationality.
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, and Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady'
If the film “goes on to be a huge success and Erivo wins accolades for it then that conversation will only get bigger,”
Rami Malek, Christian Bale and Daniel Day Lewis will never have to answer this kind of question.
Black actors have historically been afforded “limited opportunities,” which has resulted in “scrambling for the scraps.”
“My job as an actor is to inhabit to the point where I either convince you of the truth of that character or I don’t. And it begins and ends there.”