In 'Selma,' David Oyelowo digs deep to play Martin Luther King Jr.

December 19, 2014 11:00 AM

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Shortly before the actor David Oyelowo began shooting the part of Martin Luther King Jr. in the new historical drama "Selma," he set out on a video-hunting mission. Oyelowo was searching for something that would help him get under the skin of his subject — that would go beyond the polished statue of photo ops and speech clips — when the longtime King ally Andrew Young handed him a piece of unseen footage.

In it, the civil rights leader could be viewed letting his guard down with friends and allies as they barnstormed on a campaign of economic equality; the candid material, it turns out, was shot just weeks before King was gunned down.

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