Daniel Kaluuya On Playing Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton In ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’: “The Biggest Version Of Me Had To Show Up”
In Judas and the Black Messiah, Daniel Kaluuya is the late Fred Hampton, deputy chairman of the Black Panther party, who was assassinated over 50 years ago, at the age of 21. The British-born, Oscar-nominated Kaluuya has featured in such screen gems as Get Out and Black Panther, Widows and Queen & Slim. For this latest, which tells the story of the informant who helped the FBI assassinate the civil rights leader, Kaluuya took on a lot of introspection, much research and daily dialect work. “It’s because it’s Fred Hampton,” he says, simply, when asked why he felt driven to take on the task.