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Halle Berry Talks About Her Role as a White Racist

    August 25, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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Actress Halle Berry recently spoke of the challenges of her Frankie & Alice role in the Blue-Ray/DVD release, which was released last week.

In the film, directed by Geoffery Sax (White Noise, Othello), Berry plays Frankie, a black go-go dancing woman with dissociative identity disorder caused by a repressed traumatic incident from her childhood. But her other alter-egos come into play: Genius, a seven-year-old child, and Alice, a Southern white racist woman.

“[This] was hard for me as a person and as an actor,” she said. “It was hard for me to accept and understand that a woman could exist inside of a person of color that was filled with so much hatred and had the ability to express it the way she did.”

Although the part intimidated her, Berry still wanted to do it.

“Whenever I am scared to death of something, then I know I am on the right track,” she said.

But the 48-year old also said that the role compared to her own struggles in Hollywood as a black actress.

“I relate to a woman’s will to survive and to win. I’ve had to operate from that place my whole life as a black woman in this industry,” she said. “I’ve had to persevere, I’ve had to find ways to reinvent myself, I’ve had to find ways to not feel victimized but to keep fighting, keep fighting.”

Based on a true story, Berry said that Frankie had to “keep believing she could overcome things.”

Berry was nominated and earned several awards for the film, including Best Actress by the African-American Film Critics Association and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture by the NAACP Awards.

Despite Berry giving it her all, Frankie & Alice received several mixed reviews.

The Hollywood Reporter called it “a well-wrought psychological drama that delves into the dark side of one woman’s psyche” but, holding a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 21%, others weren’t so receptive.

Frankie & Alice also stars Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Oz, Frankie’s psychiatrist.

  • STANDUPDETROIT

    I saw this movie. I thought she did some of her best acting and the movie was good too.

  • mew

    Sometimes I wonder if Meryl Streep owns several movie theaters in America. Seemingly movies that have potential Academy Awards nods – especially those with Black actors or actresses become movies at ‘selected theaters.’ I usually go to the movie located at the mall, but Frankie and Alice never came to that location – it played at a selected theater practically in the damn suburbs. This brings to question as to where is Monique? Every since she won an Academy Award for her role in Precious, her late night talk show was canceled and she has practically disappeared from the Hollywood scene. Is this Hollywood sabotage or what? I refuse to pay or see movies or sitcoms that have ‘all white’ casting – wake the fuck up Hollywood!!! There is another movie based on the Bible to be released and again there are Black actors and actresses being portrayed as slaves in the background and a white actress as Moses’ wife. Another slap in the face to Biblical history. Moses’ wife was Ethiopian – since when was an Ethiopian ever a white woman? I am quite sure that there are enough Egyptian actors and actresses with some color that can play the roles of Egyptian monarchy!!! Stop white washing Hollywood and history!!! Lets march on Black on Black crime and the continual white washing of Hollywood, The Academy Awards and those awards shows that deliberately give awards to white actors who lost out to Black actors – this includes you MTV!!!