David Oyelowo: There's Too Many African Stories With 'White Saviors'

The actor hopes to change how Africa is portrayed in film with his newest role.

David Oyelowo wants to show the world a “different kind of African story.”

For his forthcoming role in “A United Kingdom,” Oyelowo portrays former Botswana president, Seretse Khama, whose interracial marriage to Englishwoman, Ruth Williams drew political and international criticism in 1948.

Oyelowo attributed his own interracial marriage as one of the reasons why he decided to pursue the historic biopic, which is currently in post-production.

"There’s no question that my own very happy marriage is part of the inspiration of why I want to see a story like 'A United Kingdom' told," Oyelowo said during a recent interview with U.K. news outlet Metro. “I’m Nigerian -- I’m from Africa, my parents are from Nigeria -- and I just don’t feel like there are enough stories out of Africa that are transcendent that aren’t about dictators, or degradation, or poverty or to be perfectly frank 'a white savior' at the center of the story.”

Last year, during a panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the "Selma" star spoke out on the film industry's lack of creating films which feature black characters as leaders and kings.

“We have been slaves, we have been domestic servants, we have been criminals,” he said. “We have been all of those things, but we’ve been leaders, we’ve been kings, we’ve been those who changed the world. And those films, where that is the case, is so hard to get made.”

Check out more of David Oyelowo’s interview with Metro in the clip above.

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