Ryan Parker had the chance to talk with cast members from Selma, including David Oyelowo, Wendell Pierce, and Common, as well as director Ava Duvernay. Here’s David Oyelowo on his sense of calling to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma:
“My wife and I had moved to L.A. from the U.K. in May of 2007. In July of 2007, I first read the script [for Selma]. To be perfectly honest, in moving here—we had two kids at the time—we asked, “What on earth are we doing here?” But we felt called to move. So I was in a time of deep prayer over that time: “Lord, I pray this works.” This script came along, and, because I was very much in a space of “talk to me, Lord because we made this big move,” I read the script, and the Lord very clearly told me, “You are going to play Dr. King in Selma.” It wasn’t just, “You’re going to play Dr. King.” It was this film. […] I’m thinking, “I’m British. I haven’t done any American movies. Who on earth do I think I am?” It was such a crazy…it lodged in my spirit in a way that I couldn’t shake”.