Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Monster’s Ball”

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…but not Halle 

They wanted everyone except Halle Berry. In a 2002 interview with People, Daniels said that they just thought Berry was too beautiful to play this plagued woman. But when she came in and met with Lee Daniels, she showed her feisty and let him know she was the woman for the job. When he told Berry about their concerns, she said “Who are you to tell me that because I’m too pretty, I can’t do this?” And Lee dug that.

But Berry also had to convince Marc Forster, the director. Berry told Cranky Critic:

Marc  didn’t want me. That’s all I know. It wasn’t a personal thing. The wonderful thing about Marc is that he had a very clear vision about this movie and the story he wanted to tell. The vision of Leticia he had just was not me. I didn’t quite fit it.

So how did she eventually convince him?

I just know that I was relentless in my approach. I just wanted a chance to sit in the room and tell him who I thought she was. My take on the movie. How I thought I could breathe life into her. I wanted a chance to tell him all these things that were brewing inside of me and I finally got that chance. And then I met with him a couple of times and then the producer and then Billy Bob until they just gave in.”

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