The 35-year-old actor plays the civil rights activist in Regina King’s drama film, which focuses on a fictional meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke in 1964 and was so desperate for the role got that he had to ignore any pressure associated with the part

Kingsley said, “I knew I really wanted to do it, and I knew I really had to convince Regina that I was ready to do it, so I didn’t have time to be scared”

The star’s performance in the film has led to speculation that he might win an Oscar, but Kingsley credited Regina’s work behind the camera to the film’s success

When asked about the Oscar buzz while appearing on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, he said, “I heard there was talk of Regina bringing so much to the table and the process of making the film with her , was so special – it was so hard work, but so fun – it was a beautiful process “

Kingsley, who also played Barack Obama on The Comey Rule, says his most recent success has been “trippy”

He shared, “I don’t know how it happened, but the past few months have been trippy! It happened so suddenly and was such a whirlwind. It’s intense but I just keep going”

Kingsley previously said he was “honored” to play the civil rights activist who was murdered in 1965 at the age of 39

He said, “My feeling is that he is a real intellectual genius. It is an honor to play a man who means so much to so many people. This is a man who is fearful of God in white America has brought – he demanded respect “

Watch the full interview with Kingsley on “The Graham Norton Show” on BBC One on Friday night (26) 0221)

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