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  • ♪ >> STEPHEN: WE'RE BACK WITH STAR

  • OF "THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7," YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN, II.

  • THE NEW NETFLIX FILM "THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7", WHICH I

  • REALLY ENJOYED THIS FILM, AN INCREDIBLE STORY PEOPLE HAVE

  • FORGOTTEN ABOUT TO A LARGE EXTENT.

  • YOU PLAYED BOBBY SEALE, WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE BLACK

  • PANTHERS.

  • HOW MUCH DID YOU KNOW ABOUT SEALE BEFORE YOU PLAYED THE

  • PART?

  • >> I KNEW SOME ABOUT HIM.

  • I GREW UP IN OAKLAND AND BOBBY SEALE ALSO WAS A LARGE FIGURE IN

  • OAKLAND.

  • I WENT TO THE PARK WHICH IS ONE OF THE SITES OF A LOT OF THE

  • BLACK PANTHER PROGRAMS THERE.

  • BOBBY SEALE WAS A VERY CHARISMATIC CHARACTER IN OAKLAND

  • IN MY COMMUNITY BUT I DID NOT KNOW THE SPECIFIC HISTORY OF HIS

  • PARTICIPATION IN THIS TRIAL.

  • I REMEMBER OPENING UP THE SCRIPT AND READING THROUGH IT.

  • FIRST I SAID, I HAVE TO DO IT BECAUSE OF THE LANGUAGE, YOU

  • KNOW, AND ONCE I READ THAT FIRST SCENE WITH BOBBY SEALE, I SAID,

  • OH, YEAH, THIS IS SOMETHING I REALLY WANT TO TEAR INTO.

  • BUT THEN AFTER LEARNING ABOUT THE HISTORY AND HIS TREATMENT IN

  • THE TRIAL, HE BECAME A FIGURE WHOM I REALLY KNEW WHO HAD AN

  • OPPORTUNITY TO STAND UP FOR AND BE AN ADVOCATE FOR HIS STORY.

  • HE WAS SUCH AN HONORABLE PERSON WHO CARRIED HIMSELF WITH SUCH

  • DIGNITY AND CLASS AND HE WAS DEFENDING HIS MANHOOD AND RIGHT

  • AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, AS A BLACK CITIZEN, AND, YOU KNOW,

  • THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO TELL THAT STORY.

  • >> AN EXTRAORDINARY THING ABOUT BOBBY SEALE IS THAT THIS MOVIE

  • IS WRITTEN BY AARON SORKIN WHO HAS HIS OWN WAY OF GIVING LIFE

  • TO CHARACTERS AND GIVING THEM THE WORDS YOU WANT THEM TO HAVE

  • IN THAT MOMENT.

  • BUT BOBBY SEALE IS THE CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE THAT HE IS MOST

  • CLOSELY USING THE ACTUAL WORDS THAT BOBBY SEALE SAID.

  • >> RIGHT, RIGHT, RIGHT, EXACTLY, YEAH.

  • SO THE TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE TRIAL OR THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK

  • IN THE FILM COME DIRECTLY FROM THE TRIAL.

  • YOU KNOW, AARON WAS ABLE TO PULL DIRECTLY FROM THE TRANSCRIPTS OF

  • THE TRIAL, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS SO FITTING THAT IT FITTED

  • DIRECTLY INTO BOBBY SEALE'S -- INTO AARON'S WORDS BECAUSE

  • BOBBIE IS A WORD SMITH, HE LOVES TO SPEAK.

  • WHEN I STUDIED HIM, I SAW HE WAS EXTREMELY CHARISMATIC.

  • LOVED TO HEAR HIS VOICE, EXTREMELY PASSIONATE AND SPEAKS

  • AT A QUICK PACE SOMETIMES SO IT FELT LIKE A REALLY GOOD PART,

  • AND SO, SO, SO EXCITED THAT, YOU KNOW, I WAS THE ONE CHOSEN, YOU

  • KNOW, TO BE IN THOSE SHOES.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE.

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

  • >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  • >> STEPHEN: "THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7" IS STREAMING ON

  • NETFLIX NOW.

  • YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN THE SECOND EVERYBODY!

  • WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II On What It Was Like To Play Bobby Seale

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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