A Cautionary Love Letter to Halle Berry


Nothing like a few well placed m$(#*@$(#*!s to let people know that you’re not playing.  If only Ms. Berry could tap into the rage and clarity she portrayed  today in real life defending her daughter from the paparazzi, she could deliver a performance truly worthy of an Oscar.

Like Sharon Stone, Ms. Berry is trapped by a beauty that is unmoored from sexuality. Her strength comes from her mind and emotions, not from her shell.

I now believe Berry’s involvement with volatile men like Gabriel Aubry, David Justice and Wesley Snipes simply mirrors her own private, hidden rages.

I wonder if she’ll ever get the opportunity to conquer a role as Diahann Caroll did in Claudine. Carroll received an Oscar nomination for the role. It obliterated her tame performances in Julia, polished ones in No Strings and the arch, mannered ones to come in television projects like Dynasty andWhite Collar. I hope Miss Berry gets the chance to step outside of stereotypes altogether as Ms. Carroll did in the wonderful Eve’s Bayou.

Get thee to a smart, indie filmmaker, Ms. Berry. Find a way to translate who you really are into your performances. Stop A-C-T-I-N-G and just be. And run, fly, flee from projects like Gothika and Dark Tide. If you want to do genre films, become a student of them so that you know which ones are truly worthy.



About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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