09 Jun David Oyelowo on the Role That Made Him a Method Actor

by Eliza Berman from Time Magazine
Read the full article here.

I had done films like The Last King of Scotland and Lincoln, in which both Forest Whitaker and Daniel Day Lewis, respectively, had employed (Method Acting) technique, and I think everyone will agree the results are undeniable. - David Oyelowo

And you went method for this role, correct?
A. I did. In the past, the notion of method has felt a little on the pretentious side, a little self-indulgent. I had done films like The Last King of Scotland and Lincoln, in which both Forest Whitaker and Daniel Day Lewis, respectively, had employed that technique, and I think everyone will agree the results are undeniable. But for me, a role hadn’t come along that warranted that. The main reason I did it is that I didn’t know how to play someone who is so in their own head, so adept at creating a world within which they can survive in order to deal with what they’ve done. If ever there was a role that you would want to make that choice with, it was Peter Snowden.

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute® offers unparalleled education in The Lee Strasberg Method Acting™. Learn more about the programs and classes available here. Apply here.