Good Evening on this cool and crisp Monday. I hope to find each of you doing well. I was reading an article on Angela Bassett about a movie role she turned down after her Oscar nominating performace as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It. It was a movie I had originally never heard of, so as a curious writer, author and poet, I Googled it to see what it was about. Hammercy!
The movie Angela Bassett was referring to was Monster’s Ball, a role Halle Berry won an Oscar for. Angela Bassett goes on to say how the producers went after her hard and offered her millions of dollars to play this role out of all the other actresses they initially considered, but she still turned it down. Why? Because it was a role Angela described accurately as demeaning and stereotypical. Seeing how Angela Bassett is a strong woman on screen and off, it is no wonder why the producers went after her so hard.
Monster’s Ball, starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Sean “Diddy” Combs and the late Heath Ledger and Peter Boyle is about a woman (Halle Berry) whose husband (Sean “Diddy” Combs) is executed by a racist deputy warren played by Billy Bob Thornton. His equally racist father played by Peter Boyle hates Black people, but loves “splitting dark oak.” When the woman’s (Halle Berry) son is hit and killed by a truck, she becomes overcome with grief because she would always make fun of him for being overweight or obese. Her grief is so great that she ends up sleeping with Billy Bob Thornton’s racist character. Now what kind of foolishness is that?
From my Google search, the movie was nominated for several awards, however as a Black woman, I would never watch such a thing. It is my understanding from some of the comments on these articles and forums that Halle Berry’s performance was phenomenal. It is a phenomenal performance I shall not see. Halle Berry is a talented actress, but this is a movie I will steer clear of watching.
Until next time…