Delroy Lindo takes us from his earliest on-screen credits to his award-winning performance in ‘Da 5 Bloods’


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We’ve been busy celebrating Delroy Lindowork in Give 5 Bloods since the movie hit Netflix in June 2020. Now, with the movie in the middle of awards season, it’s time to make sure the party goes on. With the Give 5 Bloods Ensemble nominated for Best Performance by a Cast in a Movie at the SAG Awards, Lindo himself nominated for Best Actor at the Critics Choice Awards and expects much more recognition to come, Lindo took the time to join us on an episode of Connected collider to revisit his time exploring and perfecting his craft over the years and to highlight what he did Give 5 Bloods an outstanding experience.

Lindo plays Paul in the Spike lee-directed film, one of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to find the remains of their fallen squad leader (Chadwick boseman). Paul isn’t thrilled to find out that his son, David (Jonathan Majors), chose to accompany him, concerned about the consequences his father’s unaddressed PTSD is causing on him.

The cast of Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods

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After discussing Lindo’s early years focusing on the theater, his initial experience booking screen roles, and the long list of credits that followed, it was no surprise when Lindo insisted on using the word “challenging” rather than “intimidating.” “When it came to tackling some of his biggest scenes in Give 5 Bloods. Here’s what he said when asked which beat in the movie intimidated him the most:

“I’ll tell you something, I wasn’t intimidated, A, because I was confident in my preparation. I trusted the work I had done to prepare. And that’s not to say that when I walked on set I was thinking to myself, ‘Oh, I’m ready.’ It wasn’t that. I only trusted those aspects of my process, but I also had a director in Spike Lee who trusted me and created a safe space for all of us to work. So there wasn’t a single day that said, ‘That intimidates me.’ Certainly there were days that contained great scenes, but the trust that had been established, my confidence in the way I was working, the way I approached the work, and the trust that Spike Lee places in me, all of those things are huge positives. to make the overall process of doing the job safe. ”

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Clarke Peters and Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods

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In the case of Give 5 Bloods, an important part of that preparation turned out to be his collaboration with Majors. Here’s what happened even before they officially started work on the movie:

“Jonathan Majors, before we started work, Jonathan said, ‘Hey, can I get your number? A couple of things I want to talk to you about. And I said, ‘Of course I do.’ And it was working. I was in the production of something else, but I said, ‘Sure.’ And Jonathan and I talked, and Jonathan asked me a couple of questions related to our history as father and son. And ironically, I couldn’t answer his questions at the time because I didn’t know enough about the character. He had not yet begun to create. But, the fact that he asked me the questions that he did, led me to understand that who a certain character is before the audience sees him in the story is important to Jonathan. Answering certain questions about, who is this person? And that is something that is very important to me, that I answer those questions for myself and that I have knowledge of the character, that I know who this person is before I open my mouth and start talking in any scene ”.

Jonathan Majors and Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods

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If you want to know more about Lindo’s experience doing Give 5 Bloods, you can watch our full Collider Connected conversation in the video at the top of this article or using the embedded podcast below. Lindo also looks back on the value of The Negro Ensemble Company in general and on his own career, explaining why he is not accredited in Devil’s lawyer, discussed getting involved in Pixar’s Until, and much more!

Delroy Lindo:

  • 00:41 – Lindo was most shocked by the things he saw in the theater when he was young.

  • 02:08 – Lindo discusses the importance of The Negro Ensemble Company, in general and in his personal career.

  • 04:52 – Initially, Lindo was specifically aiming to work in the theater; I wasn’t thinking of working on the screen.

  • 06:39 – Which sparked interest in film and television; her first experiences acting on screen.

  • 12:00 – Lindo talks about how to say no to certain opportunities; broadcasting an additional episode of Beauty and the Beast to adhere to your commitment to make Come and Gone by Joe Turner, a work by August Wilson that earned Lindo a Tony nomination.

  • 18:08 – Why Lindo is not “credited” in Devil’s lawyer.

  • 22:05 – Lindo talks about how to do Congo and his iconic line, “Stop eating my sesame cake!”

  • 24:53 – How did Lindo get involved in Pixar’s Until; Is voice acting something you are still interested in doing?

  • 27:15 – Is there anything new that Lindo learned about his craft when he removed the physical elements while working on Until?

  • 29:25 – Paul’s element in Give 5 Bloods that required more work; deconstruct the condition of PTSD.

  • 31:26 – The material in Give 5 Bloods it was challenging, but not intimidating.

  • 34:45 – Working with Chadwick Boseman; what Boseman’s wife told Lindo after they filmed the forgiveness scene.

  • 37:50 – How Jonathan Majors impacted Lindo’s preparation process.

  • 40:18 – What’s the value of awards season for Lindo?

  • 41:37 – What was Lindo’s reaction to Give 5 Bloods being snubbed at the Golden Globes; What can be done to improve the situation?

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