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    Daniel Kaluuya Took Opera Singing Lessons to Prepare for His Role as Black Panthers Leader

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    The ‘Get Out’ actor reveals he learned to sing opera to perfect his voice as late revolutionary activist Fred Hampton in the powerful movie ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’.

    Feb 14, 2021
    AceShowbiz – “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya took opera singing lessons to help him prepare for speech scenes in his new Black Panthers movie “Judas and the Black Messiah”.
    The Brit plays Panthers leader Fred Hampton in the powerful film and needed to prepare for a series of sequences in which he had to speak like a passionate revolutionary to crowds of followers without losing his voice, so to strengthen his vocal range he tried a little opera therapy.
    “I had to condition my vocal chords and engage my diaphragm, because I’d be doing speeches for, like, 12 hours,” he tells “Good Morning America”. “Like any muscle, you need to get it strong in order for you to sustain that, in order not to do permanent damage to it.”
    “I also had to study cadence, because Chairman Fred Hampton had a different cadence to when he spoke and when he did speeches and I wanted them to feel different but feel like the same person at the same time.”
    Meanwhile, in a separate TV interview, the actor revealed he trained himself to become ambidextrous.

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    The star decided to learn a new skill during the first COVID lockdown in the U.K. last year (20), and impressed himself with his progress.
    “I… taught myself to write with my left hand,” he explained on Britain’s “The Graham Norton Show”.
    “On the first day it looked like I was writing while the house was being bombed, but to see the progression in six months was amazing.”
    “It makes you realise that doing stuff you normally do and then doing it a different way challenges the way you do everything.”
    However, not all of Kaluuya’s time was spent picking up useful skills – he also found himself ditching his usual diet as he began to indulge in all of his favourite foods while stuck at home.
    “I let go and ate everything!” he laughed.

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    Daniel Kaluuya Admits to Having No Recollection Filming Key 'Judas and the Black Messiah' Scenes

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    During a post-premiere online discussion for the Sundance Film Festival, the actor portraying Fred Hampton in Shaka King’s new biopic talks about filming the civil rights icon’s famous speech.

    Feb 3, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Actor Daniel Kaluuya was so absorbed in his role as civil rights icon Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah”, he has no recollection of filming key scenes.
    The “Get Out” star portrays the Black Panther Party Chairman in Shaka King’s new biopic, and he literally lost himself in the part in one particular segment, in which he delivered Hampton’s famous “I am a revolutionary” speech to a large church gathering of fellow activists.
    “It was like the crowd was your scene partner. It was an amazing narrative what Chairman Fred represented. Being one with the people, speaking to the people, and it was like everyone just left, I can’t even remember the takes,” Kaluuya shared during a post-premiere online discussion for the Sundance Film Festival on Monday night (February 01).
    “When I say I can’t remember what I did, I didn’t have an idea about how I was going to play something. I just knew I was a vessel. I just let go. Let go and let God (sic).”

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    Kaluuya even drew his energy from the crowd when he found himself struggling to complete the scene. “I would forget the lines and the crowd would pick me up,” he explained, according to the New York Post. “I was losing my voice and the crowd would pick me up… It was just a moment.”
    The shoot took place in the same church Hampton visited back in 1969, and filmmaker King admits the authenticity gave everyone involved in the scene a boost.
    “The crowd treated Daniel like Chairman Fred as soon as he walked into the church, and he very much fed off their energy,” King shared.
    “Judah and the Black Messiah” opens in theaters and on U.S. streaming service HBO Max on 12 February.

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  • Daniel Kaluuya to Star In and Produce Netflix's 'The Upper World'

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    This adaptation of Femi Fadugba’s upcoming debut novel follows Esso, who is caught in a deadly feud upon discovery of his ability to access a world where he can see glimpses of the past and the future.
    Aug 15, 2020
    AceShowbiz – Actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to appear in Netflix’s adaptation of Femi Fadugba’s forthcoming debut novel “The Upper World”.
    The 31-year-old “Get Out” actor will be starring in and producing the movie, according to Deadline, which is the first instalment in a planned series of young adult novels.
    Set in Peckham, London, the story follows Esso, who is caught in a deadly feud, when he discovers he has the ability to access a world where he can see glimpses of the past and the future.
    Meanwhile, another character, Rhia, is walking to football practice in 2035, unaware that the mysterious stranger she’s about to meet desperately needs her help to avert a bullet fired 15 years earlier, per a synopsis from the outlet.
    The novel is set to be released in the U.K. in 2021 and in the United States in 2022.
    Kaluuya rose to fame following his lead role in Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror film “Get Out” – a performance that led to an Oscar nomination – and has since starred in movies including “Widows, “Queen & Slim, and “Black Panther”.

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