After receiving positive reviews and having a successful run as Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” veteran Hollywood actress Angela Bassett has expressed her desire to play more villainous roles in upcoming motion pictures.
Bassett won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress and has been nominated for an Oscar for her effort on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” and now hopes to follow suit with darker movie roles.
The actress lauded the impact the movie had on audiences, especially black audiences, saying it was a “dream come true” for her.
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Angela Bassett Intends To Star In Darker Roles In The Future
The actress would love to try out new things and play a much darker role in her subsequent movies, per Insider.
During a chat with the news outlet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, she revealed her intention of wanting to star as a “bad, bad character.”
“I’d love to play a role that isn’t good — a bad, bad character,” she said. “It was wonderful to explore a different kind of character whose motivations were driven from a more inward selfishness,” the actress added, reflecting on the role she played in “Damsel.” “I’m more used to roles where the characters are either selfless or at least have good intentions.”
Angela Bassett Recounts The Impact Of Her Marvel Blockbuster Movie
Although she’s won awards and received several other nominations for her character on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” what thrills her is the attainment of an agelong aspiration in the process.
During an onstage conversation at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the “London has fallen” actress pointed out that the movie has greatly influenced audiences, especially black people.
“That representation that I longed for as a young actor coming up, to be given the opportunity to offer that is a dream come true,” she shared. “It’s a full-circle moment.”
She was honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Montecito Award in recognition of her body of work. The actress paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who starred as her son in the first “Black Panther” movie but died in 2020 due to cancer.
She Didn’t Like Her Character’s Twist In ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
The actress made it known that she had second thoughts about the way her character in the movie ended, revealing she objected to it to the director, Ryan Coogler because she thought audiences wouldn’t like it.
“I objected. Yeah, I was like, ‘Ryan, what are you doing? Why? You will rue the day! You will rue the demise of Ramonda. People are gonna be so upset,'” she joked.
Bassett recounted Coogler’s reply to her worries, saying, “He was like, ‘Angela, I know, I know, but look, to die is not really to die in this world. It doesn’t really have to mean that.'”
She also revealed at the event that working on “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” was way more difficult than people would have thought.
“We would do scenes over and over and over again,” she said about the making of the 1993 Tina Turner biopic. “Those concert scenes, literally you feel like you have a sweater in your throat after performing, and we would do it again from top to bottom.”
“Every day we came to the set, Gibson said it was the wrong costume. The costume wasn’t going to work. So every day, the day started off like, ‘Oh, it’s not going to work,'” she added, per Indie Wire.
Angela Bassett Took Home The Golden Globe For ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
Bassett, 64, crowned a stellar performance as Queen Ramonda on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” with a Golden Globe award for best supporting actress in a motion picture.
She faced stiff competition from Kerry Condon for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Jamie Lee Curtis for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Dolly De Leon for “Triangle of Sadness,” and Carey Mulligan for “She Said.”
The “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” actress also earned a nomination for an Oscar in the Best Actress in a supporting role category, which is Marvel’s first nomination.
Bassett is pitted against Hong Chau for “The Whale,” Kerry Condon for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Jamie Lee Curtis for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” and Stephanie Hsu for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”