Oprah Winfrey: I’ll show Obama new movie
Oprah Winfrey thinks Selma has an important cultural message that is still relevant today.
The media mogul is gearing up for the release of Selma, a movie focused on Dr. Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights in the mid 60s.
Oprah is an avid supporter of US President Barack Obama, and is hoping her good friend will want to watch the film.
“For sure [I’ll be screening this for Obama]. Our desire is to go to the White House and show it to him,” Oprah revealed to Us magazine.
As well as being one of the most recognisable TV personalities in America, Oprah is also a talented actress.
After filming wrapped on Selma race issues dominated the news with the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson and the death of African American Eric Garner after a police officer put him in a chokehold. This has lead Oprah to believe the message of Selma is just as relevant today as it was five decades ago.
“It's a jaw-dropping thing that this piece of art can meet this cultural moment that's so rich, so robust, so bursting with the energy of people finding their voices. This film's about being heard. I feel like this film, not to overstate it, but it is here for a reason in this moment,” she enthused.
David Oyelowo takes on the lead role as Dr. King, with Ava DuVernay helming the feature.
At first Oprah didn’t think she’d have a starring role, but Ava had big plans for the 60-year-old.
“I was just gonna be in the background going, ‘Yay!’ But she sent me the link to a story about Annie Lee Cooper when she turned 100, and it said every day she watched the Oprah show eating a tuna-fish sandwich! And Ava says, ‘Don't you think it would make her proud to know that you played her?’ And I go, ‘Yeeesss, yes, it would,’” she smiled.
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