David Oyelowo Discusses Fantasy Flick ‘The Water Man,’ His Directorial Debut

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Film actor David Oyelowo is known for appearing in the British television series ‘Spooks,’ as well as numerous films including the historical drama ‘Selma,’ the crime drama ‘A Most Violent Year,’ and sci-fi horror ‘Don’t Let Go.’

Oyelowo is expanding his cinema expertise by making his directorial debut with ‘The Water Man,’ a fantasy adventure that follows a teen named Gunner, played by Lonnie Chavis, who “sets out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure said to have magical healing powers.”


He recently sat down with the Star Tribune to discuss ‘The Water Man’ and what it was like to direct.

“I’ve sort of had my own film school through working with several great directors,” said Oyelowo, citing directors Ava DuVernay (‘A Wrinkle In Time’) and Will Gluck (‘Friends with Benefits’) as inspiration. “(Directing) came as a byproduct of my acting career. I wanted to direct because I’ve been around some of the best people in the world.”

Speaking about ‘The Water Man,’ he compared it to coming-of-age fantasies like ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Gremlins,’ saying “Those films have some heavier themes where kids are still involved.” He added, “Those films have some heavier themes where kids are still involved.”

Oyelowo described the plot as being about “the power of sacrificial love.”


He continued, “You have this kid who is prepared to risk everything to save his mother. You have this father who is prepared to save his son. You see a family who is imperfect, but they have a love that I think is pretty much perfect. They define sacrificial love. She’s ill but she doesn’t think about herself. She’s thinking about the relationship between her son and husband.”

‘The Water Man’ is being produced through Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and stars Oyelowo, Chavis, Rosario Dawson, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina, and Maria Bello.

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