I recently had the honor of attending a roundtable interview with Andy Serkis & Winton Duke I cleaned out the spoilers. Check out the highlights and three things I learned during my interview.
Tell us what it’s like to bring to life these crazy characters that people want to root against on screen?
Andy-I mean the thing is it is great fun being able to dip into the dark side because of a safe environment. We work in the world of stories where you’re allowed to do that. But what I wanted to do with this character “Klaw” was not make him in any way a kind of an archetypal villain or considered evil. I wanted to make him sort of strangely someone you might like to hang out with. That sort of tension for me is more interesting than playing him as a complete bad ass. Constantly as an actor, you’re wanting to challenge the perception of good and evil.I don’t necessarily believe in evil as a concept, we are all on a spectrum of you can have people who are reformed, you can have people who do terrible things but who can love as well.
How were you casted for the film Black Panther?
Andy: I came on board when I first started working with Joss Whedon who’s directing Avengers Age of Ultron. They came to our studio in London called the Imaginarium and we were working with him and then James Spader to create the character Ultron because it was using the technology that I’m very familiar with. Then Josh said oh man there’s this great character which I’d really love you to play, it’s only a small scene.
Winston: Since I was more of an unnamed actor, and I went through the standard audition process. I’m only hearing about Black Panther and seeing the cast come together and they’re like oh my god, Chadwick Boseman I’m like Chadwick Boseman and then it’s Michael B. Jordan, I’m like Michael B. Jordan is in it too? And then they announced Lupita Nyong’o. And then they’re like Danai has joined the cast. I’m like Danai has joined the cast and it just kept going and going and I told my representatives I’d just love to get in that room.
How does it feel to see the fan engagement all over the world, especially with those smaller parts?
Winston: Well for me a major thing especially after watching the film last night is an excitement, it’s an excitement to know that people and not adults but children are going to be exposed to narratives like this. Before they’re fully developed and before they’ve ingested and consumed placed narratives, narratives that were formed before they were born about them, and they’re getting to see representations of people who look exactly like them.
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to take his rightful place as King. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
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BLACK PANTHER arrives in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018!