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Interview: ‘Rustin’ Star Colman Domingo Chats About Playing the Civil Rights Leader

Last week, the SAG-AFTRA strike came to an end. Wasting no time, I was able to set up my first interview with an actor in months (the first of many, I might add, so stay tuned). The occasion was an event in Washington, D.C. for the Netflix film Rustin. The streamer had a few things planned for the movie and had already arranged for me to speak with director George C. Wolfe (look for that later on this week), but all of a sudden, star Colman Domingo was happening as well. As a longtime fan of his work, I was delighted to talk with him again, especially for this crowning achievement of his. I had a longer conversation with Domingo here about Euphoria and more about a year ago, but today, our brief new chat comes your way.

In my review of Rustin (here) out of Telluride, I had the following to say about the lead performance:

Colman Domingo deserves an Oscar nomination for the finest work of his career so far. He brings out the life and the passion of Rustin in a way that really gives you a sense of the man. Domingo is exceptional and you can’t take your eyes off of him.

Below, you can see my conversation with Domingo. We didn’t have much time, so I wanted to hear about the experience of coming off of the strike with such a personal work to share. I think we tackled a fair bit in only about five minutes (we wasted a bit before cameras rolled catching up and joking), so there’s density, if not volume. His work in Rustin speaks for itself, so if you didn’t get to see it on the big screen yet, it drops on Netflix this weekend. Don’t miss him in this film…


Here now is my interview with Rustin star Colman Domingo. Enjoy:

Rustin is in select theaters now and hits Netflix on Friday!


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Written by Joey Magidson

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