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Steve McQueen Talks Casting A Black Woman As Love Interest In “Shame”

Steve McQueen Talks Casting A Black Woman As Love Interest In "Shame"

Via his program, The Treatment, our man Elvis Mitchell dug into Steve McQueen’s mighty brain on all things Shame, his latest work, currently in theaters; the conversation is about 30 minutes long, and is worth listening to in full.

Starting at about the 23-minute mark, Mitchell asks McQueen about the role of women in the film, and, in his reply, McQueen dishes a bit on casting a black woman, specifically Nicole Beharie, as Marianne, Brandon’s (Michael Fassbender’s) love interest, what that meant to the film, and the opposition he met. I wish he went on a little more on that subject actually; alas, it comes up towards the end of their chat, and Mitchell had to bring the program to a close.

I should also add that got to chat with McQueen, and asked him specifically about casting Beharie, and this was his reply:

As far as Nicole, she was hot. I had seen her in a play at Lincoln Center called ‘A Free Man of Color’ and I was like, “Whoa! Who’s that amazing person?” I had to see her and see if I could audition her. She was difficult to get for an audition. She was in the play, and it was initially hard to get a ticket for the play as well. Finally, she did audition and she was amazing. Nicole is pretty special. She has the capacity of being a great actress. Absolutely. It’s just about opportunities. That’s all she needs.

Listen to his convo with Elvis Mitchell below; and if you’re impatient, you can skip to the 23-minute mark:

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