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David Oyelowo was inspired to become a citizen after filming Selma

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David Oyelowo was inspired to become a citizen after filming Selma

David Oyelowo decided to become a U.S. citizen after filming Selma, a movie about voting rights.

The star played late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King in the 2014 film, which centred on the efforts made while securing equal voting rights for African Americans in the 1960s, and after living in America for several years with his wife and children, the Brit knew it was time to become a citizen and exercise his right to vote.

"I did a film called Selma... and that film centres on voting rights and I've lived here for nearly 10 years now and to be walking around and doing a film about voting rights and telling people to vote, and you can't vote yourself is a little hypocritical," he told U.S. chat show The View on Thursday (29Sep16). "So I decided it's time to do it and no time better than now."

"It's so interesting to me, coming from the U.K., if you said to a U.K. citizen, 'I'm thinking about becoming a Brit,' people would be like, 'What are you doing that for?' and here, literally, I tell people I've become a citizen and they're like, 'Oh my God, that's so amazing, wow!' It's a very different thing," he continued.

After becoming a citizen, the 40-year-old got to attend the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and gushed about the experience.

"It was absolutely amazing, I felt so privileged," he told breakfast show Good Morning America on Wednesday (28Sep16). "As someone who is from elsewhere... I just became a citizen... I just feel like that museum is an incredible testament to some of the bad stuff that has gone on in this country's history. We need to know what went wrong to get things right and that's what I feel that museum represents."

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