In 2009, we saw a grim side to Mo’Nique in the Lee Daniel’s film, Precious with Gabourey Sidibe. Mo’Nique’s role earned her an Academy Award, and if you ever needed a refresher as to why she won the Oscar, her new film Blackbird will completely remind you. Rolling Out Magazine reported Mo’Nique will play a devout Christian mother whose teenage son struggles with his sexuality. During her Rolling Out interview, Mo’Nique revealed why Blackbird’s script resonated with her and her husband/business partner, Sheldon Hicks. Of the director, Patrick Ian Polk, and cast, Mo’Nique said:
[He’s] a brilliant director. I’ve never thought I’d get the opportunity with such a fearless director as Lee Daniels or a fearless actor like Gabourey Sidibe again and to work with Patrick [he] was just fearless and wasn’t willing to waiver from the story he needed to tell. Julian Walker was fearless and wasn’t willing to waiver for fear of being ridiculed for playing that role. To work with them; it was an honor.
To see Mo’Nique’s point, watch the trailer of Blackbird below, with Isaiah Washington and newcomer, Julian Walker.
To hear more of Mo’Nique’s interview with Rolling Out, listen to the video below.
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