Gabrielle Union is receiving the best reviews of her career in A24’s “The Inspection,” proving it’s never too late to make your mark in Hollywood. “I thought it was late for me,” she says VarietyAwards Circuit Podcast by . “I’m treated like the naive as I probably should have been treated after ‘Bad Boys 2.’ Your strength, power, skill and beauty don’t diminish with age, they change. As long as you’re not fighting change, it can be a great second, third, fourth, or fifth chapter. My grandmother lived to be 110 and was active [Phil] “Donahue.” I’m looking at the next 50-60 years.”
In this episode of the award-winning Variety Awards Circuit Podcast, we talk to Union, who was recently nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards for her work on Elegance Bratton’s film “The Inspection.” He discusses her LGBTQ rights advocacy work, her outlook, and she even weighs in on some of the media obsessions including ‘The Slap’ at last year’s Oscar ceremony. Listen below:
“The Inspection” tells the story of Ellis French (Jeremy Pope), a young gay black man, rejected by his mother Inez (Union). With few options for his future, he decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would sideline him.
Standing proudly next to Pope is Union’s career highlight as French’s mother, a homophobic prison guard who can’t accept him for who he is. She channels a bit of Mo’Nique’s Oscar-winning turn in “Precious,” and with proper support from her and already off to a good start, she’s a contender to receive her first Best Actress Oscar nomination. non-protagonist.
Union is unapologetically herself and doesn’t care what her opponents say when defending those she loves. “That bunch of bigots that wouldn’t spit in my direction if I was on fire? Those people? I can’t worry about them. Because I would never be able to live with myself if I didn’t say anything. And watch as my son, and many children, old and young, suffer.”
In an era divided by culture and politics, Variety asked Union to consider how Will Smith and Chris Rock might reconcile after their slap during last year’s telecast. Union worked with both actors in separate previous films like ‘Bad Boys II’ and ‘Top Five’.
“I think Chris and Will are two grown people, who had a public moment, which probably should have happened 25 years ago, and it just escalated and spilled over,” she shares. “Unfortunate timing. Anything I could say to Will or Chris, I would say it directly to them. But for the rest of us, there have been a lot of handshakes and editorials about the violence. But then an eerie silence that reminded me of when there was all this, justifiable, pain for the gorilla, Harambe, in Cincinnati, but nothing to say about the innocent blacks and browns being slaughtered on the street by the state. It’s the same group of people talking about two very rich men.
Union is ready to take on the world, and a recent trip to Africa with her family has transformed her. “I know I’m just getting started. I think I found my superhero origin story.
Also in this episode, actress Claire Foy discusses the intricacies of her role and working with a dynamic ensemble of women in Sarah Polley’s emotional drama “Women Talking” from MGM and United Artists Releasing.
Also, the roundtable discusses the latest shakeup at Disney which sees the return of Bob Iger as CEO and the ousting of Bob Chapek after a tumultuous year of scrutiny.
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