Meet one of the ac­tors from Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is Amer­ica’

Calvin the II got mis­taken for Trayvon Martin’s dad.

Metro USA (New York) - - Entertainment - JEN­NIFER LOGUE jen­nifer.logue@metro.us

No, that’s not Trayvon Martin’s dad get­ting shot in Childish Gambino’s game-chang­ing “This Is Amer­ica” video — it’s Los An­ge­les-based ac­tor and mu­si­cian Calvin “Calvin the II” Win­bush.

“My role in it was re­ally just a black gui­tar player,” he says. “To my knowl­edge, I do not in any­way be­lieve that they wanted some­one to look like Trayvon Martin’s dad. That would have ru­ined the whole video. Tracy Martin has gone through enough.”

Win­bush got the call from his agent that he had been cast for the role while hang­ing out at Coachella.

“I drove back from Coachella to L.A. at 1 a.m.,” he re­calls. “Got back at 3 a.m. and had to be at set by 6 a.m.”

Talk about ded­i­ca­tion. Win­bush re­veals that the whole team was su­per re­spect­ful by dis­clos­ing ex­actly how he’d be fea­tured in “This is Amer­ica.”

“One of the pro­duc­ers for the project gave me a call to fill me in on the vi­o­lent na­ture of what would hap­pen to my char­ac­ter, and I was re-

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“Calvin the II” Win­bush is an ac­tor and mu­si­cian based in Los An­ge­les.

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