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April 2006
FUTURE Projects
Angela Bassett speaks about Meet The Robinsons and Toussaint

FUTURE Projects
Angela Bassett speaks about Meet The Robinsons and Toussaint

The year has been good to Angela Bassett so far. Earlier this year, Bassett and her husband, Courtney B. Vance (of Law & Order's Criminal Intent) became the parents of twins, and recently while in LA to promote her latest film, "Akeelah and the Bee", Angela Bassett spoke about her role in next year's animated film, "Meet the Robinsons" and her role in "Toussaint", directed by Danny Glover.

Is doing animation easier for you these days now that you have 2 young ones at home?

Angela Bassett: It's been very easy to do. It's different than working on-screen. They take forever. They take years to complete. Who knew?

How long did you work on it?

AB: I'm still working on it.

What's your role in the film?

AB: I'm little Robinson's foster mother and trying to know him, and love him. He's a different little kid and I'm trying to find talent for him and trying to keep his spirit up; and allow him to blow us up in the process because he's a little Einstein. But it takes a long time to draw those characters out and get the right flavor that they are looking for; so they draw them out and that takes a while and then they'll call me up and say, "Can you come in for a couple of hours". Just when you think it might be over, it could be 2,3, or 4 months and you'll get a call to come in for a day. I don't know when it will be done.

I'm excited to read that you are going to be working with Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Danny Glover on a project that Glover's been trying to do for a long time.

AB: Yes, the movie's called "Toussaint" and I'll be playing the wife of Toussaint. Danny said that he's been trying for 20 years to get this done. I love the script. I love Danny and I love that group of artists. It makes sense. It's why I do this. It's what inspires me. That's why I said yes and I hope we get this started soon.

What happened to your uncredited role in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"? Was there more of you in the film that we didn't see?

AB: The director (Doug Liman) called and said that he had an idea that the movie would be great if the camera stayed on Angelina and Brad. Like on their faces and the cameras read in between them evidently so he called and he hadn't test it, but he thought it would be great for the cameras to stay on their faces. Listen, it's his movie. If that's what he says, so be it.


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