Rustin Throws A Long Overdue Limelight On The Architect Of The March On Washington. Netflix’s “Rustin” is a biopic that highlights the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who was overlooked due to his sexuality.
Rustin Throws A Long Overdue Limelight On The Architect Of The March On Washington. The film, directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Julian Breece and Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black, explores Rustin’s identity as an openly gay Black man torn between love and duty in the 1960s.
The biopic dramatizes the weeks leading up to the historic march and explores Rustin’s identity as an openly gay Black man torn between love and duty.
Domingo, who stars as Rustin, said that the script is infused with every part of who he is, including his sexuality. He believes that the script is messy in many ways, even with his relationship dealings.
Wolfe, an acclaimed theater director and playwright, has long been interested in telling stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things.
In 2018, the Obamas’ newly launched production company, Higher Ground, approached Tonia Davis at the Obamas’ newly launched production company, Higher Ground, about making a feature film centered around Rustin’s role in the March on Washington.
Domingo worked closely with the writers to refine the screenplay and was chosen to play the titular character in “Rustin.”
Domingo learned about Rustin’s impact on the civil rights movement from personal conversations with those who knew him. For example, he could not understand the origin of Rustin’s idiosyncratic, mid-Atlantic accent until Rachelle Horowitz, one of the activist’s comrades, revealed that Rustin simply made it up and used it as a kind of “flourish” in group meetings.
Rustin was always looking for new ways to reinvent himself and challenge the limits that others attempted to place on him.
The film “Rustin” by David Wolfe is a powerful portrayal of civil rights icon Bayard Rustin, who faced resistance from both the white populace and members of the Black community.
The film explores the complexity of Rustin’s life, including his struggle with his sexuality and the fear of being perceived as a saint. The character of Elias Taylor (Johnny Ramey), a fictionalized pastor on the NAACP board, serves as a foil to Rustin’s free-spirited nature.
The film also explores Rustin’s own past, as revealed by Strom Thurmond, a segregationist senator from South Carolina, who exposed his arrest in 1953 for having sex with two men in a parked car in Pasadena. This real-life charge was pardoned by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020. In a pivotal scene, Rustin is trying to hold onto the only thing he knows how to do while they are trying to destroy him.
The film holds special professional significance for Domingo, one of the most versatile actors of his generation. After more than 30 years of acting, Domingo’s first major leading role in the film is “Rustin.”
He believes that the film is a beautiful representation of Rustin’s life and work, and that people are giving him flowers because he has always kept his head down and went to work.
“Rustin” is a powerful portrayal of Rustin’s complex life and the challenges he faced in his fight for civil rights.