The Great Debaters a new film by actor/director Denzel Washington and producer Oprah Winfrey were a main draw to get people into the theaters to see this film over the holidays. But I'm sure many moviegoers will leave the theater impressed with the talented and charismatic Nate Parker...I sure did.
The Great Debaters tells the story of a championship debate team from Wiley College in rural Texas in the 1930's who went on to achieve national recognition by defeating an all white team at Harvard University(fictionalized for the film, it was actually USC). While Denzel Washington is clearly the star of this film he gives all of his young actors a chance to shine and this couldn't be more true in the case of Nate Parker.
Nate plays the intelligent, well read,articulate, passionate, and womanizing Henry Lowe. For two hours I was completely enthralled in his performance and I must say his good looks. This young man has star quality, beauty and talent.
If you saw the movie PRIDE then you're probably familiar with Nate as he also had a role in this film. With all of the beefcake and homo erotic moments in PRIDE you would think I would have seen it at the theater but I haven't, but now that I've been introduced to Nate you can be assured that I will be making a trip Blockbuster real soon.
The Great Debaters is hands down one of the best films of 2007. It has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for best picture and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before Nate's name is on the ballot if he continues to turn in great performances like this one. Run out and see The Great Debaters if you haven't already, Nate alone makes it worth it.