Even though The Trial of the Chicago 7 is based on true events, the new legal drama is invariably imbued with Aaron Sorkin’s grand swells and penchant for the perfect line at the perfect time. The director and screenwriter didn’t, however, have to do much embellishing with his depiction of Bobby Seale. In a recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who portrayed the Black Panther Party cofounder, said his lines were the most true to the original court transcripts.
“The words that I speak in the film come directly from the trial,” Abdul-Mateen said. “Aaron was able to pull directly from the transcripts of the trial, which I thought was so fitting. It fits directly into Aaron’s words because Bobby is a wordsmith. He loves to speak. When I studied him, I saw that he was extremely charismatic — loves to hear his voice. Extremely passionate, and speaks fast at a clip rate sometimes. It felt like a really, really good partnership. I’m so, so excited that I was the one chosen to be in those shoes.”
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