She's supposedly saying that racism is harming her casting in films.
I don't doubt it. But if she is saying it, she needs to take some responsibility. Lena Horne used her power to make a change. What did Halle do?
Watching "Catwoman," I realize not a damn thing.
I missed the 2004 film when it came out because it got such bad reviews. It is not as bad as the reviews made out.
This was Halle's first big film after her Oscar win for Best Actress -- first one she filmed after her big win. She was coming off the praise for "Monster's Ball" and the success of "Swordfish" and she was more powerful then than at any other time.
Watching "Catwoman," you have to wonder where she used her power?
Her character works in an all White world, has no friends who aren't White and dates a Latino.
Halle's bi-racial but generally claims Black. In interviews.
I like Halle and if she's in anything that looks remotely interesting, I'll buy a ticket and not wait for DVD. But if she wants to claim Black and if she wants to claim to be a victim of racism now, she better take accountability for the fact that at the height of her power, she did nothing to help a Black person. "Catwoman" is an all White movie except for some city children who play basketball and Benjamin Bratt who is Hispanic-White.
If she's called her current casting problems "racist" (again, that's what I've read online, true or not), there's a bit more to it. I don't doubt that racism plays a part in it.
But it's also true that winning an Oscar probably hurt her too. Not because she's bi-racial but because Oscar's for Best Actress have been screwing up careers for about 20 or so years. Let's look at the last decade via WikiPedia:
- 2000 Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich as Erin Brockovich
- 2001 Halle Berry – Monster's Ball as Leticia Musgrove
- 2002 Nicole Kidman – The Hours as Virginia Woolf
- 2003 Charlize Theron – Monster as Aileen Wuornos
- 2004 Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby as Maggie Fitzgerald
- 2005 Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line as June Carter Cash
- 2006 Helen Mirren – The Queen as Queen Elizabeth II
- 2007 Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose as Édith Piaf
- 2008 Kate Winslet – The Reader as Hanna Schmitz
- 2009 Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side as Leigh Anne Tuohy
I like a lot of women who won on the list (and a lot who were nominated). Sandra's a favorite, for example. And I hope she beats it but there's a real Oscar jinx for Best Actress.
Look at Julia Roberts. She was the biggest female star. She was coming off hits like "Runaway Bride" and "Notting Hill" and best of all "My Best Friend's Wedding." She wins for "Erin Brokavich" and what the hell happened? Her career's over. She sidelines herself playing eye candy in the Ocean's movies. She takes the lead in one flop after another -- so much so that "Eat Pray Love" is considered a hit for her. In 1999, it would have been called a flop. Now she's picked bad movies, true, and that hair color is ridiculous and makes her look cheap and tacky. But she was the biggest female star, possibly the biggest star in movies period.
Hillary Swank is a two time Academy Award winner and hugely talented but where are her hit films? Nicole Kidman is gorgeous and talented and has struggled at the box office since winning. Charlize Theron hasn't benefitted. Reese Witherspoon shouldn't have won to begin with in my opinion. She's a bad actress. But she won and since then there are no more hits on her filmography.
It's not just racism.
Also true is that few are very smart after their wins. Charlize is. She's doing another ensemble with Mark Wahlberg and company (a sequel to "The Italian Job"). And though most avoid films that they're not the leads in, they also seem to avoid the kind of roles that audiences like them in. Not Charlize but Reese thinks she's too good for "Legally Blonde," et al today.
Halle also needs to grasp she's ten years older than she was when she won. And at 44, there's not going to be as many roles for her because she costs more per picture than one of the "Twilight" kids and they're all the rage with the teens who are the average movie goers while many of them no longer know who she is.
It wasn't as bad as people made out.
It was a mistake for her to do the film. For one thing, there was no script.
A superhero film needs a supervillain.
I'm not trashing Sharon Stone. I'm just noting that the script didn't give her anything that amazing. It was near the end of the film that we learn her cosmetics have made her unable to feel pain. That's not really a great super power. It could be. They could have given her a costume and had her go after Catwoman.
Instead, they tried to make it a crime drama and it played out like an episode of "Law & Order" with someone in bondage gear.
It also wasn't needed to change who Catwoman was.
But the reality is that Halle is good as Catwoman but not great meaning that, in film, Michelle Pfieffer owns that character and Halle doesn't come close, no one could.
So she should never have taken the role for that reason but, again, there's no script there. So she shouldn't have done it. And when it tanked, that seriously hurt her career.
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