Out of all of the roles I’ve seen him in, I’d say his role in Tut, General Horemheb, is possibly the closest to the leading man role. (I could be wrong, since I haven’t watched Game of Thrones.) He comes off as strong, of course, but there’s also a bit of vulnerability shown in the sense of Horemheb’s loyalty to Egypt and his men. What motivates Horemheb, for better or worse, is his desire to protect his men and ensure that they always gain glory in battle and in the eyes of Egypt. This level of connection Horemheb has with his men and seeing how he inspires them for battle is what takes Horemheb out of being “stereotypical black strong man” and puts him in the realm of an actual human being. For me, Anozie’s ability to draw out that vulnerability shows that he’s such a talented actor, an actor who is often given roles that are never challenging enough for him to really showcase his abilities.
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Nonso Anozie as General Horemheb. Photo credit: Jan Thijs/SPIKE