ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – With Kingsley Ben-adir On Portraying Malcolm X (Interview)


Interview by Paul Salfen

On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), defeats heavy weight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).

Based on the award-winning play of the same name, and directed by Regina King, One Night In Miami… is a fictional account inspired by the historic night these four formidable figures spent together. It looks at the struggles these men faced and the vital role they each played in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. More than 40 years later, their conversations on racial injustice, religion, and personal responsibility still resonate.

Directed by: Regina King
Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson with Beau Bridges & Lance Reddick
Music by: Terence Blanchard
Executive Producers: Regina King, Kemp Powers, Paul O. Davis, Chris Harding
Producers: Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein
Screenplay by: Kemp Powers
Based on the Stage Play “One Night In Miami…” by Kemp Powers
Rated: R
Run Time: 110 Minutes


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