It’s the script, not the genre: Halle Berry


Says Academy Award-winning actor about her choices in films Academy Award-winner Halle Berry is one actor who’s known for her versatility, when it comes to picking her roles. From superhero flicks to playing the sexy Bond girl and, of course, nailing her characters in awardwinning emotional dramas, she’s dabbled with many roles. Next up, she will be seen in two diametrically opposite films.
First up is Cloud Atlas, a scifi fantasy drama. Talking about this film, based on a novel by the same name, Halle says, “Everything about the film excited me. It was an opportunity to work with Tom Hanks, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. They are such wonderful people. Besides, in the past, I haven’t done something that is so challenging. As an artist, to play different kinds of characters in one movie was a constant challenge day after day. Every character that I played is different from the other.”
Little wonder that Halle admits, “It’s not the genre that matters, what matters is the script”, justifying her choices in films, admitting she has no favourite genre. The actor is excited about the coming year for the same reason, as she’s experimented with something new. “In Movie 43, which is scheduled for release in 2013, fans will get to see me play an extremely funny character for the first time,” she says. The trailer of Movie 43, which released worldwide recently, was an instant hit with fans because of its unapologetically funny approach. The film has a stellar ensemble cast. “It was a crazy experience. It was just so much fun working with all these immensely talented actors. We had such a good time filming it,” reveals Halle. With the latest James Bond release around the corner, Halle also admits that she is a Bond fan. “I loved being a part of the Bond franchise and I loved playing the character of Jinx. She was great fun and it offered a new challenge for me,” reminisces Halle. The Monster’s Ball actor doesn’t rule out a visit to India either. “I haven’t been to India yet and I kind of have an idea of what I am missing. I want to come there as soon as possible. I have seen pictures of the country and read about it. I’m fascinated by Indian culture and attire. I’m waiting to visit India which is a land of rich heritage culture,” says Halle, who reveals she’s heard of Aishwarya Rai. “She looked stunning when she was on Oprah and also in Pink Panther. But unfortunately, I haven’t seen any of her Indian films,” ends Halle.