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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

British Born NigerianActor, David OyelowoUrges Christians Not toAbandon Hollywood

British-born Nigerian actor, David Oyelowo in an interview with Culture blogger, Tyler Huckabee, has revealed Christians should work on developing their creativity and craftsmanship before engaging culture with The Gospel.

He said,
We all know from a biblical point of view of what God does in the secret place before you’re then put out in public,’ he says. ‘We see that with Moses, we see that with David, we see that with Joseph,
and with Jesus Himself. I feel that’s been my journey as an actor.’” “Something else you need to know about Oyelowo: He is wildly, plainly, unapologetically Christian. He’s obsessed
with Jesus. You can hardly get him to talk about anything else.” “‘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’ve been given a degree of notoriety. 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.’” “This is something Oyelowo is passionate about: raising the standard for faith- based movies.”

Oyelowo argues that too many past films have ignored the heart of scripture, choosing instead to focus on action sequences or epic elements.  In his opinion,

“‘You look at the parable of the talents: God wants us to take our talents and increase them and make good on the investment He has made in us, and I take that very seriously.’” “‘I know that I am not owed the right to make movies. I know God has given me this privileged position and I have to work dog-hard as an actor to make the films the best they can be. I think that if you’re doing that, then you can really start doing some damage’.

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