Clifton Powell reveals the films he’d love to revisit and why he had “the utmost respect” for his role as MLK – Music News

Written by on April 14, 2020

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesVeteran actor Clifton Powell is reflecting on his longstanding career that has endured for close to four decades. 

The actor, who recently starred in TV One’s Sinners Wanted, has appeared in more than one hundred films which include fan favorites like 1993’s Menace II Society, 1995’s Dead Presidents, 1998’s Rush Hour and 2004’s Ray, in which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his portrayal.

Still, even with numerous productions under his belt, Powell tells ABC Audio that there’s really one project that stands out to him when it comes to favorite characters he’s portrayed.

“Out of all the characters I’ve morphed in and out of, I would love to be able to do more playing Dr. Martin Luther King [Jr.],” Powell says.  “I think that was — I don’t want to say the highlight of my career — but it’s the highlight of a character that I portrayed that I have the most utmost respect for.”

As you may recall, Powell played King in the 1999 television film Selma, Lord, Selma, which was based on the true events that happened in March 1965, known as Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama.

While playing a historical figure has been the most meaningful to him, Powell admits he’s played a lot of fun roles in his lifetime and would be open to seeing some of his characters revisited.

“And then I’d love to see Dead Presidents 2. You know, The Aftermath I’d call it,” he says. “And I’d like to see another Menace II Society… and then, I’d like to see an extension of what happened with Ray Charles, his family after Ray, you know.”

“So, those are four pieces right there that I would love to see on screen,” he adds.


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