Angela Bassett Breaks Ground In New Film “Olympus Has Fallen”

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Few film roles exceed Angela Bassett’s qualifications, even those intended for a man.

The Oscar-nominated actress returns to the screen this month in Olympus Has Fallen portraying the director of the Secret Service, a position never occupied by a female and a character initially written for a male actor.

But so what, Bassett says. There’s really nothing special about it other than it’s never been done.

“It’s significant in that, in this fictionalized world, this barrier has been obliterated,” the 54-year-old actress tells theGrio. “At times, we’re fond of saying that life imitates art or art imitates life. Hopefully, one day life will imitate this art, where it’s just the best person for the job.”

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