David Oyelowo Stayed In Character As MLK, Much To His Wife’s Chagrin

David Oyelowo Stayed In Character As MLK, Much To His Wife’s Chagrin


>>Stephen: WELCOME BACK,
EVERYBODY! FOLKS, MY GUEST TONIGHT IS
GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATED ACTOR BEST KNOWN FOR PLAYING MARTIN
LUTHER KING IN “SELMA” AND NOW STARS IN A “A UNITED KINGDOM.”>>WHAT’S THIS SONG SUPPOSED TO
BE?>>I DON’T KNOW BUT THEY ARE
UTTERLY BUTCHERING IT. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO WORK OUT
THE MELODY SINCE THEY BEGAN. ( LAUGHTER )
>>I DO LOVE JAZZ BUT I’VE NEVER TRUSTED AN ENGLISHMAN TO PLAY
IT. ( LAUGHTER )
>>WOULD YOU LIKE TO DANCE?>>Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME
DAVID OYELOWO! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) THAT WAS A NICE THEATER BOW YOU
GAVE. VERY NICE.>>I’VE JUST BEEN DOING A PLAY,
SO I FEEL AT HOME HERE. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: BEFORE WE GET STARTED WE’RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT
YOU AND A “A UNITED KINGDOM.” I WANT TO SAY THE MOVIE AND YOUR
PERFORMANCE IN “QUEEN OF KATWE” WAS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. FOR ANYONE WHO HASN’T SEEN IT
IT’S A TREMENDOUS MOVIE ABOUT A TEACHER WHO BELIEVES IN
STUDENTS, TEACHES THEM CHESS IN TERRIBLE CONDITIONS OF POVERTY
IN UGANDA AND IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MOVIE AND A TRUE STORY
AND VERY UPLIFTING.>>ROBERT KATENDE WHOM I PLAY IN
THE FILM IS AN EXTRAORDINARY HUMAN BEING. IT’S HUMBLING TO GET TO PLAY
HIM.>>Stephen: YOU ALL DO CURTAIN
CALLS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU PLAY AT THE END OF THE MOVIE.>>YES.>>Stephen: BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU.>>Stephen: YOU WERE BORN IN
THE U.K.>>YES.>>Stephen: WENT BACK TO
NIGERIA WHERE YOUR FAMILY IS FROM. HOW LONG DID YOU LIVE THERE?>>FROM 6 TO 13.>>Stephen: YOU CAME BACK TO
THE U.K.>>YES IS THAT HOW DID YOU GET
INVOLVED IN THEATER?>>IT ALWAYS INVOLVES A GIRL,
DOESN’T IT?>>Stephen: SOME OF THE BEST
STORIES DO, YEAH. ( LAUGHTER )
>>NO, WE WERE GOING TO THIS CHURCH WHERE I LIVED IN NORTH
LONDON AND I WAS OBSESSED WITH MY PASTOR’S DAUGHTER. OTHERS’ WERE OBSESSED WITH THEIR
PASTOR’S DAUGHTER AS WELL. I CAUGHT SOME RECOGNITION THERE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
YES, ACTUALLY, BECAUSE HE WOULD NOT HAVE ENJOYED ME BEING WITH
HIS DAUGHTER. BUT SHE USED TO WORK THE
OVERHEAD PROJECTOR AND I WOULD SIT IN THE BACK OF THE CHURCH. I DIDN’T LISTEN TO A SINGLE
SERMON FOR PROBABLY ABOUT A YEAR. ONE DAY, SHE CAME UP TO THE END
OF THE SERVICE AND INVITED ME TO THE THEATER. I THOUGHT IT WAS TO GO ON A DATE
TO SEE THE PLAY. I TURNED UP AT THE SUBWAY
STATION WITH A ROSE PLUCKED FROM MY MOTHER’S GARDEN AND —
( AUDIENCE REACTS ) I KNOW. IT’S A TRAGIC ENDING, BY THE
WAY. ( LAUGHTER )
I WALK UP TO HER WITH THE ROSE AND THE LOOK SHE GAVE ME CLEARLY
STATES SHE DID NOT SEE THIS THE WAY I SAW THIS. SO I DROP THE ROSE, WE GET ON
THE TRAIN, GO TO THE THEATER, AND SHE TAKES ME BACKSTAGE TO A
ROOM WHERE IT’S A YOUTH THEATER WHERE THEY’RE LOW ON BOYS. I WALK INTO THIS ROOM AND
THEY’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF WARMING UP. ANY ACTORS HERE? ( CHEERING )
OKAY. SO YOU KNOW WHAT WARMING UP
LOOKS LIKE ( SILLY NOISES )
SO I THOUGHT MY PASTOR’S DAUGHTER HAD TAKEN ME TO A CULT,
BASICALLY. ( LAUGHTER )
BUT I KEPT GOING BECAUSE I LIKED HER THAT MUCH, AND BEFORE YOU
KNOW IT, YOU KNOW, I CAUGHT THE BUG.>>Stephen: WELL, YOUR
PERFORMANCE IN “SELMA” AS MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS ALSO BEAUTIFUL. WHAT DID IT TAKE TO GET INTO
THAT PERFORMANCE? ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: HOW LONG DID YOU
SHOOT THAT? WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE IN
CHARACTER AS MARTIN LUTHER KING?>>WE SHOT THAT FOR TWO TO THREE
MONTHS. YEAH, I MEAN, TO PLAY SOMEONE OF
THAT MAGNITUDE, YOU’VE GOT TO GO THERE, SO TO SPEAK. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING
WITH FOR REST WHITAKER ON A FILM I DID CALLED “LAST KING OF
SCOTLAND” AND DANIEL DAY LEWIS MY FAVORITE ACTOR OF ALL TIME IN
LINCOLN, AND THOSE GUYS STAYED IN CHARACTER THE WHOLE TIME,
WHICH I THOUGHT WAS A LITTLE INDULGENT, TO BE PERFECTLY
HONEST, ESPECIALLY IN THE CASE OF FOR REST WHITAKER, BY THE
WAY. HE WAS PLAYING A D UGANDAN
DICTATOR. ( LAUGHTER )
I REMEMBER IN THE HOTEL IN UGANDA WHERE WE SHOT IT, A VERY
YOUNG ACTOR AT THE TIME SAID, HI, FO FORREST! ( GROWLING )
( LAUGHTER ) BUT YOU CAN’T DENY THE RESULTS.>>Stephen: SO YOU WERE IN
CHARACTER ALL THE TIME? ON AND OFF SET?>>YEAH, WELL, WE SHOT A LOT OF
IT IN ATLANTA, AND IF YOU’RE GOING TO PLAY DR. KING IN
ATLANTA WHERE HE’S FROM, GOING AROUND SAYING, HI, I’M DAVID AND
PLAYING DR. KING, DOESN’T ENGENDER MUCH CONFIDENCE. SO I DECIDED TO STAY IN
CHARACTER.>>Stephen: LIKE IN
STARBUCKS — I HAVE A DREAM OF A CINNAMON CHIP SCONE! GIVE IT TO ME NOW! GOT TO GET TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP,
PLEASE. ( LAUGHTER )
REALLY, DIDN’T CAUSE ANY TROUBLE?>>WELL, IT WAS DISTRESSING FOR
MY WIFE, SHALL WE SAY. NOT ONLY DID SHE HAVE TO DEAL
WITH A HUSBAND WHO WAS SUDDENLY 30 POUNDS HEAVIER, BUT WE WERE
MOVING HO HOUSE AT THE TIME AND CALLED ME AND SAID, OKAY, DAVID,
WHAT IS WE’RE GOING TO DO, THE BROWN OR THE GREY CURTAINS? WELL, I THINK, UH, WE NEED TO,
UH — WHOA, WHOA, WHOA! I CANNOT TALK CURTAINS WITH
DR. KING. WE ARE GOING TO PICK THIS UP
AFTER THE SHOOT — WHICH WE DID. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: THE NEW FILM IS CALLED A “A UNITED KINGDOM.” WHO WAS SERETSE KHAMA?>>THE HARE TO THE THROWN OF
BOTSWANA AND HE WAS IN LONDON STUDYING LAW SOON AFTER THE
SECOND WORLD WAR. AFTER THAT, HE WAS GOING TO GO
BACK AND BE KING OF HIS COUNTRY BOTSWANA.>>Stephen: HE WAS THE CROWN
PRINCE.>>EXACTLY RIGHT. BUT HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS
WHITE GIRL, AND, UNDERSTANDABLY, HIS PEOPLE WERE NOT DOWN WITH
HAVING A WHITE QUEEN. ( LAUGHTER )
BUT THEN AGAIN, NEITHER WAS SOUTH AFRICA WITH THE IDEA OF AN
INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE.>>Stephen: DID THEY HAVE SOME
SAY OF WHAT HAPPENED IN BOTSWANA?>>NOT LITERALLY, BUT BECAUSE
THEY WERE SUCH A POWERFUL NATION IN RELATION TO GREAT BRITAIN,
THIS WAS AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE COLD WAR WAS JUST
STARTING UP. SOUTH AFRICA WAS SUPPLYING GREAT
BRITAIN WITH URANIUM TO FIGHT THE WAR, SUPPLYING GREAT BRITAIN
WITH GOLD AND THREATENING TO LEAVE THE COMMONWEALTH IF THEY
ALLOWED A MARRIAGE TO TAKE PLACE JUST ACROSS THE BOARDER IN
BOTSWANA TO HAPPEN. SO GREAT BRITAIN HAPPENED
DISGRACEFULLY, IN MY OPINION, AND DECIDED TO EXILE THE TWO
FROM THEIR COUNTRY.>>SHE WAS A BRITISH SUBJECT? YES, SHE WAS.>>Stephen: AND BRITAIN PUT
THE PRESSURE ON THEM NOT TO MARRY?>>INITIALLY.>>Stephen: OKAY. THE CHURCH WOULDN’T ALLOW
THEM TO HAVE A CHURCH WEDDING SO THEY ENDED UP HAVING A CIVIL
WEDDING. ONCE THEY TRIED TO GO BACK TO BE
IF BOTSWANA, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE BOTSWANA WAS
A PROTECT RAT OF THE U.K., THEY SAID, IN ORDER TO HELP YOU GUYS
NOT HAVE ERUPTIONS IN YOUR COUNTRY WE’RE GOING TO HELP YOU
BY NOT LETTING YOU BE IN YOUR COUNTRY.>>Stephen: SO IF YOU’RE A AN
ACTOR — ( BOOING )
>>I LOVE BEING BRITISH, BY THE WAY. OH, PI GOODNESS, THEY’RE NEVER
GOING TO LET ME BACK IN THE COUNTRY.>>Stephen: IF YOU’RE A METHOD
ACTOR AND STAYED IN THE CHARACTER OF DR. KING FOR MONTHS
ON END, HOW DO YOU PUT YOURSELF IN THE CHARACTER AS A MEMBER OF
AN AFRICAN ROYAL FAMILY WHO HAS AN INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE. WHAT’S THAT CHOICE LIKE FOR YOU?>>WELL, I AM ACTUALLY A PRINCE
FROM NIGERIA. I KNOW, SOUNDS LIKE SHOWING OFF,
BUT IT’S ACTUALLY TRUE.>>Stephen: YOU YOURSELF ARE A
PRINCE FROM NIGERIA?>>I MYSELF ARE A PRINCE. I COULD FEEL THE FACT YOU’RE,
LIKE, YEAH, RIGHT!>>Stephen: ARE YOU THE ONE
SENDING US THE E-MAILS ASKING FOR THE CASH? BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE MY WALLET
ON ME. ( LAUGHTER )
>>HOW DO YOU THINK I CAN AFFORD THIS SUIT? ( LAUGHTER )
BUT I’M IN AN INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE MYSELF, SO THERE ARE
SEVERAL THINGS –>>Stephen: THIS IS YOU AND
YOUR LOVELY FAMILY THERE.>>YES, THAT’S MY FAMILY, MY
WIFE.>>Stephen: RIGHT THERE. YES. ( APPLAUSE )
HOW DID YOU GET THEM TO CALL WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES THAT YOU
WERE WEARING IN THERE?>>BRIBERY.>>Stephen: NOW YOU JUST DID A
PLAY — YOU DID A FELLOW WITH DANIEL CRAIG?>>I DID, HERE IN NEW YORK.>>Stephen: OKAY. NOW, HE’S NO LONGER GOING TO BE
BOND, RIGHT? WE DON’T KNOW WHO THE NEXT BOND
IS GOING TO BE.>>WE DON’T KNOW THAT.>>Stephen: WHAT? I HEARD HE’S NOT GOING TO DO IT
ANYMORE.>>REALLY?>>Stephen: THAT’S WHAT I
HEARD. I KNOW WHAT I HEARD, DAVID
OYELOWO.>>WELL, I DON’T KNOW. I HAVE BEEN IN A DRESSING ROOM
FOR HIM FOR THREE MONTHS, SO I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT.>>Stephen: REALLY? YEAH. ( AUDIENCE REACTS )
I THINK WE’RE READY FOR A BLACK BOND.>>OH, REALLY?>>Stephen: IT MIGHT BE TIME. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING. DAVID, LOVELY TO SEE YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: THANK YOU FOR
BEING HERE. A UNION COUNTY UNION CO– A “A U
THEATERS TOMORROW. BACK WITH TARAN KILLAM.

88 thoughts on “David Oyelowo Stayed In Character As MLK, Much To His Wife’s Chagrin”

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  2. Stephen Colbert takes racist dig at David Oyelowo asking him if he's the Nigerian sending fake emails but is excused because he's liberal.

  3. If Bond can be black then Shaft can be white……. I would love to see Jason Statham play Shaft……. happy now, you racist Nancy's?

  4. Samuel L. Jackson for the next bond…

    Sam: And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and fuuuurious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is Bond, James Bond, when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

    Waiter: Dude, I just asked if you wanted it shaken or stirred.

    Sam: Oh. Shake that motherfucker.

    I can literally do the entire script in this comment.

  5. Hey, Colbert….Dude….Who knew pizza sauce could turn into DUST…..Who knew Harvey Birdman could turn into rat droppings….Who knew u could turn into 💩…just sayn

  6. Is it me, or is this interview a bit awkward? Not because of anything David did, but because of Stephen's transitions and the audience's reactions

  7. For not knowing who this man was, this interview was really awesome. He's hilarious, confident, speaks well, and also Colbert and him have great conversation chemistry!

  8. Oyelowo it is in his name oye means crown lowo honor. his name means the crown has honor. thus meaning he is from a royal family

  9. Interesting story about MLK. He was simply misquoted. When he was young, he also fell for a pastor's daughter; actually, twin daughters. He dreamed about them both for years, desperately coveting them both. Years later, when he finally got two women into bed at the same time, he yelled, 'Three at last, three at last, thank god almighty, three at last!'. His followers outside the room misheard what he was saying, because they could only guess what they were hearing from behind the door to the room.

  10. I think it's ridiculous to think that the British Empire should have given up their gold and uranium supplies, just so that these guys could have their cake and eat it too. The British did the only logical and reasonable thing, but this guy is too self centered to see it.

  11. Interview that respects the minds of people is really appreciated thank you 🙏🏾 Colbert, both are genuine & amazing 😉

  12. Guys, Botswana is not a monarchy. We don't have crown princes and kings here. We have chiefs (tribal leaders) and an elected parliament (with a president and ministers).

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