David Oyelowo is fighting to bring a new standard to Christian movies in Hollywood.
After portraying Dr. Martin Luther King in the highly acclaimed Selma, Oyelowo took an entirely different path in the role he plays in the new movie Captive.
Oyelowo portrays Brian Nichols, a man who escaped from detainment in 2005 and killed four people before taking Ashley Smith hostage. Nichols held Smith captive in her apartment for seven hours. During that time they talked about a variety of things, including the book she was reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
Oyelowo was drawn to the film because of the redemptive nature of the characters and the challenge playing a murderer posed for him as an actor.
"I don’t shy away from the darkness," Oyelowo said. "And anyone who has read the Bible knows that God does not shy away from the darkness, as well."
Oyelowo hopes that the movie will help Christian movies be taken more seriously in Hollywood and lead to more serious faith-based films being produced.
“I’m definitely an example of God using the foolish things of this world to confound the wise,” he says. “I know I’ve been given these opportunities for a reason...I can now try to marry Hollywood’s desire to get to a faith-based audience, and try to get us as people of faith wanting to have films made that have broader reach and have high production value.”
Read more about Captive in the October issue of Simple Grace, on sale now.