Oprah Winfrey pulls no punches in Selma—literally.
The Oscar-nominated media mogul plays Annie Lee Cooper, a real life civil rights activist most known for punching Selma sheriff Jim Clark.
"The reason I said yes to this role is because of the magnificence of Annie Lee Cooper and what her courage meant to an entire movement," Winfrey says in an exclusive video featurette made for the Ava DuVernay-directed film. "Having people look at you and not see you as a human being—she just got tired of it."
In the harrowing scene, Winfrey screams in agony as she is grabbed and thrown to the ground by police officers after she slams the sheriff in the head. "You cannot know where you're going unless you know where you've been," Winfrey says.
Winfrey told me exclusively last month that it took some convincing to get her to be in the movie.