Let's say you had three different roles portraying historical characters in three different productions. You wanted one actor who could play Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., legendary jazz clarinetist Sidney Bichet as a young man and the 1980's New York City art scene sensation Jean Michel Basquiat. Who could do all those three things well, even brilliantly?
If you guessed Jeffrey Wright, you are correct. Wright played King in the excellent HBO movie Boycott, Bichet on the short-lived TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Basquiat in the movie Basquiat. I know the first and third films are on DVD now, the TV series will be released later this year.
Just a little love for the lovely and talented Jeffrey Wright, my first adopted actor, to let him know that I haven't forgotten him, even though I have now adopted another actor and his ilk, the talented and lovely Christopher Guest. Go, Jeffrey!
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