They've never done that before. They called me, and they said, "We really think you should reconsider. I gave the script a second look, and I saw beyond that.
I saw beyond my fear, and I really saw what Kemp was doing in that script. He was having a very private conversation publicly. He was really allowing maybe more than one thread, but a certain kind of conversation that has been had around me my whole life, certainly as a child.
And then when I became an adult, I started to have them myself. These are the kinds of talks that we have. Kemp says it about his own experience. This is the way him and his friends were talking at Howard University when he was coming up. This is the way we were talking backstage at Hamilton. These are the kinds of conversations we've been having for a very long time, but it was the first time that I had seen it in a script, and certainly, the first All My Life - Sam Cooke - You Send Me (CD) that I was being offered the opportunity to be that raw and to be that honest.
So I was going to have to find my way there through my fear. I had to, because Sam was having the conversation. It wasn't me, but I saw the value in it, and I was willing to take the leap. You already mentioned this, but this is a vastly different historical figure from Aaron Burr. Were you doing anything different research-wise? You mentioned watching footage of Cooke. Yes, I had never had to do that before. All My Life - Sam Cooke - You Send Me (CD) never had to adhere so closely to my research.
Even with Burr, I realized early on, I was reading all this info on Burr. Voracious in my reading on Burr and Hamilton. And somewhere early on in the process, I said, "You know what? I said, "Number one, you're going to be the foremost authority on Burr in the room. All My Life - Sam Cooke - You Send Me (CD) most of the audiences are not going to know as much on Burr as you do. So free yourself up. You're not going to step on stage and say 'Aaron Burr was born in So it's really about finding the humanity, locating the human in your being and having the courage to present that.
And if you can come close to that, you can come close to eliciting people's empathy. I had to have grace for myself in this. I'm no fan of myself.
I'm harder on myself than anybody. And so, when I watch the film, I can find flaws in it and pick myself apart all day, whenever I experience my work, period. But I watched this film, and I'm able to extend myself grace, because I know how hard we were working on that set, and I know the reverence that we brought with us on that set, all three of my brothers that I did this movie with.
Regina, Kemp, we wanted to bring these men as close as possible. There is no footage. There is no real record of what was talked about in the room where it happened, as it were. There is no record of that, and so we could take a leap of the imagination.
You bring all the research, you assimilate all that research within yourself, and then you make some art. You use your imagination, and you imagine, "What if? Could this be what they talked about? What if they had pressed each other in this way? After being directed by Kasi Lemmons in Harriethow was it working with Regina King, who similarly is a Black female director who has experience acting in films? Everything Regina offered me was something that I would not have seen.
Every single note that she gave me, she was so helpful, because she was bringing to my life, bringing to the performance, something that would not have occurred to me because of her experience as a woman, All My Life - Sam Cooke - You Send Me (CD).
Regina made me better. I think also part of a director's responsibility, maybe their main task, is to get us all wrapped up in the same vision. We all have to. Good background or dance music. One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Another Saturday Night. Be My Baby. A Change Is Gonna Come. Chapel Of Love. In the Still of the Night.
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