10 essential quotes by David Oyelowo – “Christians can’t abandon Hollywood”

Ten empowering quotes by Hollywood actor and devote Christian, David Oyelowo. Be inspired to put your faith in action and to maximise on your God-given talents.

10 David Oyelowo Quotes 

1. “Excellence is the best weapon against prejudice.”- David Oyelowo (Source)

2. “I’m definitely an example of God using the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, I know I’ve been given these opportunities for a reason. I’ve been given a degree of notoriety. I can now try to marry Hollywood’s desire to get to a faith-based audience, and try to get us as people of faith wanting to have films made that have broader reach and have high production value.” – David Oyelowo (Source)

3. “I turned down a lot of easier opportunities in order to go for the things that I really and ultimately wanted to do. And what’s really nice is that it’s starting to work.” – David Oyelowo

4. “I think it’s vital to have something outside your acting to keep you rooted in the real world, and help you fill the vacuum. If you have nothing else, it can be unhealthy. For me being a Christian has been invaluable: it simply means acting isn’t the centre of my life.” – David Oyelowo (Source)

5. “We can’t afford to deny our past in a bid to be empowered. But what we can do is contextualize the past.” -David Oyelowo (Source)

“This journey started for me in 2007 when I first read the script, and the brutal truth is I felt God tell me that I was going to play this role in this film.” – David Oyelowo on playing Martin Luther King in Selma (2015) (Source)

6. “I am a father, I am very aware of the things that I’m putting out in the world knowing that one day my children will watch the work that I’ve done. I want to be able to stand by it.” – David Oyelowo (Source)

7. “I know that I am not owed the right to make movies. I know God has given me this privileged position and I have to work dog-hard as an actor to make the films the best they can be. I think that if you’re doing that, then you can really start doing some damage.” – David Oyelowo (Source)

8. “You look at the parable of the talents: God wants us to take our talents and increase them and make good on the investment He has made in us, and I take that very seriously,” – David Oyelowo (Source)

9. “Christians can’t abandon Hollywood.” – David Oyelowo (Source)

10. “So I describe myself as a born-again Christian and my family and I, my wife and my kids, happen to go to a nondenominational church. For me, Jesus is my denomination.” – David Oyelowo (Soucre)


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