Many Marvel fans first got to know actor Winston Duke as M'Baku, leader of the Jabari tribe in Black Panther.
Duke told Metro:
"I would have cut a finger nail off to work with any of the people individually, then being in a movie with all of them? That was out of this world. And I didn't even know what I was doing, I didn't know what movie it was in the audition."
"I think he has the audacity of M'Baku. During his audition—because I read with him—he came in the room like, I'm c… https://t.co/HFz5HAdrs2— Wakandanisha (@Wakandanisha) 1519783167.0
Wait...Duke didn't know what movie he was auditioning for?
"They didn't tell you so I auditioned without knowing what movie I was auditioning for. They were fake scripts! You just sign a non-disclosure agreement and then they send you sides (a part of a script provided to actors for use in an audition) that they just wrote, and you memorize it and work on it and flush it out and create character and go in and do your things."
@THR @Winston_Duke He owned M’Baku and made him one of the most feared and favored characters in Bleck Panther— Tessa (@Tessa) 1552675599.0
The moment the actor realized what he was trying out for was an illuminating one:
"I had no idea until I had a director session the third time around and saw it was Ryan Coogler, and I was like 'ohhhh, lightbulb!'"
@THR @Winston_Duke He and Ryan Coogler took a long problematic comic book character that many were worrying about,… https://t.co/jbycyapABb— Ntombi A. Peters (@Ntombi A. Peters) 1552702897.0
Marvel is famously secretive about their audition process—many other stars have shared similar stories about not knowing what they were auditioning for until very late in the process.
ICYMI: Marvel is so secretive that Zendaya didn’t know she was auditioning for a SPIDER-MAN movie -… https://t.co/ezJ76WN7rJ— Comicbook.com (@Comicbook.com) 1498098960.0
Gemma Chan (2019), Gemma Chan Didn't Know She Was Auditioning for 'Captain Marvel' #IMDb https://t.co/Z9XvHUcTpe— Fitzcarl AJ Reid #영어 (@Fitzcarl AJ Reid #영어) 1552930274.0
shiiiiit i forgot that tom didn’t even know that he was auditioning for spider-man when he first started lmfao marv… https://t.co/RpAcaaU5s5— jada ☂︎ SAW CAPTAIN MARVEL💫 (@jada ☂︎ SAW CAPTAIN MARVEL💫) 1528157623.0
Duke is far from done with the MCU.
He appeared as M'Baku again in Avengers: Infinity War, is listed on the IMBD cast list for Avengers: Endgame and will most likely play a large role in the forthcoming Black Panther sequel.
AVENGERS ENDGAME Official Trailer #2 (2019) Marvel, SuperHero Movie HD www.youtube.com
But fans of Duke's work won't have to wait that long to see him back on the big screen!
He also stars in Jordan Peele's much-anticipated new movie Us, hitting theaters March 22.
Get your tickets soon—it promises to be a huge blockbuster!
Us - Official Trailer [HD] www.youtube.com