To celebrate the release of Rustin, which is now streaming on Netflix, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the star and director of the film to find out more.
The architect of 1963’s momentous March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was one of the greatest activists and organizers the world has ever known. He challenged authority, and never apologized for who he was, what he believed, or who he desired. And he did not back down. He made history, and in turn, he was forgotten. Directed by DGA Award and five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe and starring Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo, Rustin shines a long overdue spotlight on the extraordinary man who, alongside giants like the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and Ella Baker, dared to imagine a different world, and inspired a movement in a march toward freedom
Chatting to Colman Domingo and his director George C. Wolfe, we talk about the pressures of bringing real-life stories to the screen, how they both approach portraying and directing stories featuring real people and what methods they prefer, how working together before helping to create a shorthand for their reuniting and how their preparations for the film, why the story of Rustin is still prevalent and important sixty years later and much more in between.
You can watch the full interview below:
Rustin is in select cinemas and streaming on Netflix now.