DiscoverFresh AirJeffrey Wright, From 'Basquiat' To 'American Fiction'
Jeffrey Wright, From 'Basquiat' To 'American Fiction'

Jeffrey Wright, From 'Basquiat' To 'American Fiction'

Update: 2024-02-201
Share

Description

Wright is up for an Oscar for best actor this year for the film American Fiction, where he plays a novelist who's frustrated with the publishing industry's expectations of Black authors. He cynically writes a book under a pseudonym that's full of clichés, like drug abuse, violence, and poverty — and it's a hit. Wright's first starring role was in the 1996 film Basquiat. He talks with us about his big break in the play Angels in America, and the time early in his career when he was acting opposite Sidney Poitier and asked for advice on acting.

Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices

NPR Privacy Policy
Comments 
00:00
00:00
x

0.5x

0.8x

1.0x

1.25x

1.5x

2.0x

3.0x

Sleep Timer

Off

End of Episode

5 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

120 Minutes

Jeffrey Wright, From 'Basquiat' To 'American Fiction'

Jeffrey Wright, From 'Basquiat' To 'American Fiction'