In new cartel caper Gringo, the British star of Selma brings his perspective to yet another character that wasn’t ‘written as black’ – just don’t ask him to play the best friend
You may know David Oyelowo by his regal bearing: as Henry VI in the RSC’s 2001 production of Shakespeare’s trilogy; as Martin Luther King Jr in Selma; as Bechuanaland prince Seretse Khama in A United Kingdom, and even as himself, scion of the Oyelowos, a royal family in western Nigeria.
In his new film, however, the 41-year-old British actor is switching it up. “I was looking for something on the lighter side, having done a fair bit of dramatic work,” he says of Gringo, a south-of-the-border cartel caper. “I have a goofy side I realised that the audience hasn’t yet seen. That’s partly why I wanted to do it.”