The New Hollywood Podcast loves to celebrate people of color and other underrepresented voices with every episode, so it would be remiss not to celebrate Black History Month – and that’s exactly what we do with it. episode this week starring Kingsley Ben-Adir.
Ben-Adir – or “King” as his friends call him – has appeared in various projects, including the sci-fi series Netflix The OA, Hulu’s adaptation of High fidelity and in the police drama Peaky blinders. On top of all this, he played Barack Obama in the Showtime miniseries The Comey rule. Just when you thought he couldn’t play such a trailblazing character as President Obama, he steps into the role of Malcolm X in the critically acclaimed suitor and awards season. One night in Miami. Needless to say, this could very well be the game-changing role for Ben-Adir’s acting career.
While sitting in the hot seat of New Hollywood, Ben-Adir spoke about playing civil rights activist Malcolm X. More than that, as a Brit he spoke about the debate of non-American black actors playing American icons that hovered over Hollywood. . We also discuss reasons why vanilla ice cream might be the best ice cream flavor and he reveals his love for 90s house and rave music.
Listen to the episode below.