Constance Peyton, Morgan Freeman, President Payton discussed on Politics and More Podcast
You tell us about this, this teen in how you crafted this character of president Payton. How I crafted her. Well, I have been started knocking on doors. We call it walking precinct back in the day. With my parents when I was ten years old. So I've I've, I've been active in every presidential municipal state campaign. That's just what I do so. And I've been around protesting helping make the signs being body on the line eventually by Ron Dellums, who was congressman from Berkeley who eventually was mayor Oakland for awhile. Said, you gotta come into the building, meaning the capital get a come in if you want to to affect policy instead of just storming the ramparts. And so I started to come in with other people to lobby for things that we thought were important for. Women's issues, civil rights, equal rights, all of that thing. But I started to understand what it took to to make things happen. Like I said, I was just tired of being over in that corner. So with Constance Peyton, I, I would've worked for her when she ran for she came out of the military and she'd win for her law degree. I would have been volunteering for her. I had a great idea of who she was, but my work was to understand to ticky late and act out of a military militaristic point of view out of a conservative point of view. So because my impulse would be the other direction, but it was more of finding the human being a human being. That would have made choices that I didn't make, but not just find her find her reality because I mean, that's, that's our job always is an actor. We all have. Individuals, fingerprints out of the billions of people that have ever been born. None are like, so what makes constant Peyton different from another ten thousand black women that look like? Talk like our has has had those same experience. That's what's so wonderful about it. Constantly practising reaching for refining being able to speak out of that person's reality rather than your reality as as an actor. One thing that is so striking is that we've had a lot of female and minority presidents in fiction. Going back to Morgan Freeman and deep impact. Gena Davis and commander in chief Dennis Hayes Hayes, bird entry Jones on twenty four. But this was really groundbreaking in that it was the first popular culture representation that I can think of a black minutes president. What did that mean to you? I don't think it meant to me what it probably meant two little girls watching it a little boys because we have to, we owe our boys, truthful representation. We all we all are boys possibility as much as we are girls. We have to remember that they're watching too, and we're training their expectations the way that we train our girls expectation. So to me, I had a job to do. Not conscious ever when I'm playing a character. I'm not conscious of how that character's perceived. I can't because I've stepped out of that person. That was l. free wooded, Tony, Goldwyn and Bill Pullman, talking with Michael Schulman.