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David Oyelowo Turns Down A Lot of Acting Roles Because of This

David Oyelowo has been turning away certain acting roles he’s been offered.

Speaking to Access, the 44-year-old Don’t Let Go actor opened up about how he’s turned down about 80% of the parts he’s been offered.

“I live my life from the perspective of ‘I must be part of the solution and not the problem,’” David shared. “I think one of the privileges I don’t have is to just do any role I want, because I know that certain roles perpetuate stereotypes and perpetuate mindsets people have about Black people that is not helpful to all of what we’re talking about…”

He adds that he turns down “about 80 percent of what comes my way for that reason, because I understand the power storytelling and images has on culture.”

David also spoke about one of his more recognizable roles as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma.

“I felt called [by] God to do it,” he says. “I was rejected by the original director, and there were another four directors before Lee Daniels came along and cast me. And we still couldn’t get the film made.”

He added, “That was a seven-year journey and so I just had the moment of, ‘OK, Lord, if you told me to do this, you’re just gonna have to equip me. I’m gonna do the work.’”

Speaking of Selma, did you know that you can stream the movie for free right now?

Oscar-Nominated Movie 'Selma' Is Now Streaming for Free in June

Selma, Ava DuVernay‘s directorial debut, is available to stream for free for the entire month of June on multiple platforms.

The film centers on the historic civil rights marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr. (played by David Oyelowo) that culminated in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting and ensures Black Americans, and other racial minorities, the right to vote.

The film, which also stars Oprah Winfrey, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and many others, will be on Amazon Prime and YouTube for free for the entire month.

The move follows Warner Bros. making their recent movie, Just Mercy that starred Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, for free as well.

David recently opened up about the film in an interview with ScreenDaily, where he admits the film was punished by the Academy because of the cast speaking out about the murder of Eric Garner, who also said “I Can’t Breathe” just moments before his death.

“I remember at the premiere of Selma us wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirts in protest. Members of the Academy called into the studio and our producers saying, ‘How dare they do that? Why are they stirring [sh--]?’ and ‘We are not going to vote for that film because we do not think it is their place to be doing that.’”

He adds, “It’s part of why that film didn’t get everything that people think it should’ve got and it birthed #OscarsSoWhite. They used their privilege to deny a film on the basis of what they valued in the world.”

Charlize Theron Gets Honored With American Cinematheque Award!

Charlize Theron is being honored by American Cinematheque!

The 44-year-old actress stepped out at the nonprofit’s fundraising gala on Friday night (November 8) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Charlize Theron

She was joined by Seth Rogen and David Oyelowo who helped present her with the award.

The annual honor is presented to an extraordinary filmmaker in the entertainment industry, who is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture.

Congratulations Charlize!

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Greg Berlanti & Ava DuVernay Are the Patron of the Artists Award Recipients This Year!

Greg Berlanti and Ava DuVernay were recipients of the top honor of the night at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 2019 Patron of the Artists Awards on Thursday (November 7) at the Wallis Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif.

They were both presented with the Patron of the Artists Award.

Greg, who is a television producer, showrunner, and director, received his award from legendary producer and writer Norman Lear.

Ava, who is an award-winning writer and director, received her award from actor David Oyelowo, who starred in her movie Selma.

Hank Azaria opened the event with a speech and there were musical performances from Harriet‘s Cynthia Erivo, This Is UsChrissy Metz, former The Voice contestant Wé McDonald, and Grmamy winner Patti Austin.

Chrissy, who stars in the movie Breakthrough, performed a song written for the film by Diane Warren, who joined her at the event.

FYI: Ava is wearing a Greta Constantine gown.

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Jamie Foxx & Eddie Murphy Entertain the Crowd at Governors Awards 2019

Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx share the stage while attending the 2019 Governors Awards on Sunday night (October 27) at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

Jamie kicked off the event by welcoming the crowd and doing shout-outs to people in the audience… and he called Eddie up on stage without having anything planned!

Eddie was at the event to promote his Netflix movie Dolemite Is My Name alongside co-star Da’Vine Joy Randolph while Jamie promoted his movie Just Mercy with co-star Karan Kendrick.

Also in attendance were Pain and Glory‘s Antonio Banderas with his director Pedro Almodovar, Don’t Let Go‘s David Oyelowo, The Irishman‘s Harvey Keitel, and Parasite director Bong Joon-ho.

FYI: Jamie is wearing a Dolce&Gabbana suit, DSquared2 boots, and a Rolex watch. Da’Vine is wearing a Tadashi Shoji gown.

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Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, & David Oyelowo Unite for GEANCO Foundation

Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, and Scott Eastwood join forces for a good cause!

The 44-year-old Long Shot actress, the 43-year-old Don’t Let Go actor, and the 33-year-old The Fate of the Furious star attended the GEANCO Foundation Hollywood Gala held at SLS Hotel on Thursday (October 10) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

They were joined by Chicago Fire‘s Charlie Barnett.

The event raised funds for innovative health and education programs in Nigeria.

Taking place just one day before the global “International Day of the Girl,” the event also highlighted how GEANCO supports and empowers girls in Africa’s most populous country.

READ MORE: Charlize Theron Addresses Her Recent Hand Injury & the Glove She Has to Wear Now – Watch!

25+ pictures inside of Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, David Oyelowo, and more at the event… More Here! »

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David Oyelowo to Star in TV Adaptation of Book by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

David Oyelowo has been cast in the upcoming Showtime series The President is Missing, which is an adaptation of the novel by Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

The 43-year-old Selma actor has been cast as the title character for the new series. Showtime has ordered a pilot, which will be shot in 2020.

In The President Is Missing, a powerless and politically aimless Vice President (Oyelowo) unexpectedly becomes President halfway into his administration’s first term, despite his every wish to the contrary. He walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by both friends and enemies alike, with scandal and conspiracy swirling around him, he is confronted with a terrible choice: keep his head down, toe the party line and survive, or act on his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand.

The book was the number one novel of 2018 with over 2.3 million copies sold in North America alone.

David brings such enormous depth, sensitivity and power to every role he plays,” Showtime co-president Gary Levine said in a statement. “Having him as our lead ensures that our series will have the exhilarating suspense of a political thriller along with the juicy complexity of a character drama.”