Oprah, Ellen discuss “Selma”

“Selma,” a good bit of which was filmed in metro Atlanta, opens nationwide today following a limited release in a few cities (including two theaters in Atlanta) on opening day.

Oprah Winfrey served as both a producer and cast member in the movie, playing the role of Annie Lee Cooper, whose desire to vote leads to her involvement in the Selma-to-Montgemery march movement led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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This scene from “Selma” with Oprah Winfrey was filmed in Marietta, but key scenes were filmed in the town of Selma, Ala. Photo credit: Paramount

Winfrey, along with David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, who play Dr. King and Coretta Scott King in the movie, discussed it during a recent visit to Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. While Ellen usually is funny and upbeat she became emotional while discussing “Selma.” Here is a video clip:

I am in Selma, Ala. today, where the movie starts playing for free, courtesy of Paramount, at a downtown theater beginning this afternoon. I’ll be there to talk to local residents. I’m interested in what the folks of Selma think of “Selma.” Please return later for updates.

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Hello from Selma. Photo: Jennifer Brett

 

 


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