Taraji P. Henson is on a mission to alter Hollywood for the higher. The Empire actress stars in and serves as an government producer on the upcoming motion movie, Proud Mary and, as she defined in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, this movie means extra to her than one other spotlight on her IMDB web page. Henson’s character, Mary, is an anomaly: It’s not daily we see a 47-year-old Black girl play an ass-kicking murderer.
“When ladies become older on this enterprise, they have an inclination to ship us out to pastures; in the meantime, you could have Liam Neeson, nonetheless previous he’s, nonetheless kicking ass in Taken and Denzel Washington, who, at any given drop of a dime, will do an motion movie,” she mentioned to THR. It was additionally famous that Henson is greater than a decade youthful than each Neeson and Washington.
“Fuck that. If men can do it, why can’t we? I feel like women get better as we age. Give us the same chances as you give men,” she continued.
Proud Mary is only one of a few pivotal roles Henson is about to get off the bottom within the close to future. She’s additionally set to painting Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist who fought for Black rights and was instrumental within the battle on poverty, in The Best of Enemies. Atwater additionally shaped an unlikely friendship with a former ranked KKK member. “She’s very boisterous like Cookie — oh, she’s a barracuda — but that story is very relevant and needed now,” Henson mentioned, evaluating her fiery Empire character to the IRL Atwater.
Speaking of Cookie, Henson additionally defined to TRH that she’s been preventing arduous to get Empire streamed “legally” overseas, regardless of pushback from bigwig executives. “They weren’t even gonna promote Empire abroad — you understand what pressured them to promote it? The folks, as a result of they had been streaming it illegally,” she mentioned. “Then [studio executives] go, ‘We could make some cash,’ and impulsively they wish to promote the present [internationally]. What? You do not even count on us to do nicely.” That expertise has additionally impressed Henson to place the strain on Proud Mary’s distribution group for publicity overseas.
Clearly, Henson is simply as fearless IRL as the ladies she chooses to play on the large display.
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