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Captive star David Oyelowo had to do a lot of preparation to take on the role of real life Atlanta courthouse shooter Brain Nichols, and a lot of it took place in the gym. The Selma actor told us he not only sat down with the families of the four victims  Nichols killed back in 2005, but also lifted a ton of weights to get a chiseled physique.

“Brain Nichols was an ex-footballer player and a big guy,” explained Oyelowo. “Look when you have a big guy who kills four people in a day that is inherently scary. I wanted that. I don’t look like that normally so it took a lot of gym time.”

And his wife loved the results. “I think she loved it a little too much,” laughed Oyelowo.

Oyelowo like the rest of the world was familiar with the story that made headlines 10 years ago, but was intrigued to play the role and produce the film to show the story the world didn’t see. Kate Mara plays Ashley Smith, the single mother and recovering meth addict, who Nichols held hostage for 7 hours after escaping the courthouse.

“The thing that the cameras couldn’t see were those 7 hours, what happened in that apartment that ended in a result that no one could have called. Why was Ashley Smith not his 5th victim,” said Oyelowo. “That’s the story the public doesn’t know that’s the story I wanted to tell, and makes this film so powerful.”

Captive is in theaters September 18th.

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It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere

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Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!

Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.

 (L-R)Quavo, Offset and Takeoff perform at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.

 Jaden Smith performs at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.

Bebe Rexha and Machine Gun Kelly arrive at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.

He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.

“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”

In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.

“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”

BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.

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