Winston Duke Talks Landing M’Baku Role
An actor who’s heating up screens as M’Baku [bae] in Black Panther is speaking on how he landed his first film role. Winston Duke recently sat down with Extra’s
Tanika Ray at Universal Studios Hollywood to talk about what it’s like for his first movie to be a Marvel blockbuster.
According to Duke who studied drama at Yale alongside Lupita Nyong’o, he prepared for the audition via YouTube. The 6’5 Tobagonian actor says he looked up screen tests so he knew what to expect during the process.
He also added that he had doubts he’d land the role as the Jibari tribe leader.
“What really calms me down is being prepared. So I searched out interesting ways to be prepared. I went crazy looking up testing stuff on YouTube. People doing screen tests. So all day I watched screen tests and I went in there not feeling like it was completely unfamiliar.”
He added, “I’m at the audition in the room and seeing big stars and I’m like, ‘Woah, big stars who I admire and I love. This would be crazy, I don’t think I’m going to get this at all.’ Months went by, and then I had a chemistry test with [‘Black Panther’ star] Chadwick Boseman and I lost my mind!”
Someone obviously NAILED their audition.
Winston also talked to Extra about Avengers Infinity Wars where he’ll reprise his role as M’Baku and face off with supervillain Thanos.