In 1985, actor Robert Guillaume first played Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the movie, Prince Jack. Now with a MLK biopic in the works, there is room for a new actor to take the stage to portray the late and great activist. If we had it our way, we’d choose these top 8 contenders.
1. Kanye West
Kanye West may be nothing more than an attention whore to some, but one thing’s for sure: his voice will be heard, whether you like it or not. Similar to the ideals of Martin Luther King, Ye’ has strict views that empower him to speak publicly, building an audience and loyal followers. We think with the proper training and perhaps some detachment from his reality show princess, he could nail this role as MLK.
2. Jamie Foxx
It’s no secret that anything Jamie Foxx touches turns to Gold. Including an enumeration of hit films and successful singing career. The actor’s tenure in acting has earned him candidacy for big league roles – this would just be another to add to the list.
3. Denzel Washington
Okay, it would be a bit conflicting to snap into an MLK costume after his legitimate portrayal of Malcolm X. But who could deny Denzel’s greatness?
4. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson has made his mark on the industry, bringing life and a sense of realness to his characters. Playing Dr. MLK Jr could be another powerful career move! Known for his dominant presence and powerful appearances, we can totally visualize Jackson resurrecting the “I Have A Dream” speech.
We can absolutely see Columbus’s Short’s potential continue carrying his new tv persona onto the big screen .He’s come a long way since his Stomp The Yard days and you can’t deny there is a slight resemblance between the activist and the actor that could translate very well onscreen.
6. Rowan Pope
Rowan Pope demonstrates great strength, power and courage as Olivia Pope’s father in Scandal; all traits that are honored in the great and late MLK.
7. LL Cool J
The hearthrob actor may have had his successful stint as an actor and now host, but this project could be great for a comeback. Or maybe we’re lost in his striking resemblance to MLK.
After his power play performance in the film 12 Years A Slave, this breakthrough actor has quickly proven his adept nature. Armed with his passion for the arts and African American history, we’re confident he would have all the tools to greatly depict MLK.