Media mogul Oprah Winfrey attended a special screening for the upcoming MLK Jr. biopic ‘Selma’ at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco recently.
Winfrey co-produced the highly anticipated film, which focuses on Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1965 march for voting rights.
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The film’s screening reportedly grew a standing ovation and Winfrey, who also appears in a small supporting role as protester Annie Lee Cooper, held a Q&A session with the films stars, where she revealed the challenges of being involved.
One challenge? The Atlanta heat combined with the period wardrobe! Despite all of that, lady O gives credit to the film’s star David Oyewelo, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film, and his dedication to the project as “the reason I came on board,” Winfrey told the audience during a Q&A after the film’s premiere.
“David and I became fast friends when we did The Butler together and he told me that this had been his dream for a very long time.”
Oyewelo gives all the credit for turning the movie into a reality to the power combo of Winfrey and Brad Pitt, whose company Plan B also produced the film, stating:
“This is how you use power that has been afforded you,” Oyewelo said. “To get things done that otherwise wouldn’t be.”
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