Sunday, March 06, 2005

A good word for Halle

Some people criticise Halle Berry, saying she wasn't that good in Swordfish and what's she doing playing a Bond girl AFTER she's won an Oscar. I think she was fine and makes an acceptable Bond girl; there's no saying that because you can play weightier roles, you should be expected to do so (presumably leaving the pure entertainment roles to those less competent). My only gripe with her is that she signed on to play a character in a franchise that was bound to run to several installments but didn't undertake to see it through. The fans think that there'll be X-Men movies for as long as they have Hugh Jackman in the Wolverine role, and that's not an unreasonable assessment, but it will be disappointing to continuity to have someone else playing Ororo.

But here's why I really like her:

In the antithesis of the Oscars, George Bush on Saturday won the "Razzie" worst actor of the year award for his performance as President in Fahrenheit 9/11.
His moment in Hollywood's dubious spotlight however was eclipsed by Halle Berry, who actually turned up to receive her embarrassing accolade.
Berry was named worst actress of 2004 by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation for her performance in Catwoman and she showed up to accept her "Razzie" carrying the Oscar she won in 2002 for Monster's Ball.
The crowd cheered as she gave a stirring recreation of her Academy Award acceptance speech, including tears. She thanked everyone involved in Catwoman, a film she said took her from the top of her profession to the bottom.
"I want to thank Warner Brothers for casting me in this piece of shit", she said as she dragged her agent on stage and warned him "next time read the script first".

Agence France-Presse, Reuters


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