CadillacSee TIFF on JAM!


March 22, 2007
Jam
Music
Movies
      Actors A-Z
      Movie Reviews
      US Box Office
      Movie Listings
      Watch Classic Films
      Oscars
      TIFF
      Movies Blog

Television
Video
Theatre
Books
Country
Celebrities




Video Gallery
RSS Feed

SJP


Halle Berry bares her soul
By -- Sun Media


Halle Berry, in Toronto to promote her movie Perfect Stranger, says a gratuitous topless scene gave her the confidence to star in the risque Monster's Ball, earning her an Oscar. (Alex Urosevic, Sun Media)



Berry's a big fat liar

Flashing her bodacious bosoms in the thriller Swordfish was the best thing she ever did in her career, Halle Berry said yesterday.

"Absolutely!" she told Sun Media in an interview yesterday. Berry was on the Toronto stop of a multi-city publicity tour for Perfect Stranger, a new erotic thriller set for an April release.

"You know, I did that gratuitous scene and I knew it was gratuitous. And I did it because I needed to do it. I needed to face a fear."

In the 2001 film, the drop-dead gorgeous Berry sits in a bikini bottom reading a book. As Hugh Jackman approaches, she drops the book to reveal her orbs.

"That was one of the things that drew me toward it," Berry said. "It gave me a chance to face this thing called nudity that I was afraid of.

"In my life, I'm okay with the naked body and I'm fine when other people are nude. But I had to get over the hangup of, 'What will people say about me, or what will they think about me, if I decide to bare myself?'

"So I did it just for that reason. To do it in a big, gratuitous way: 'Let's see the tits and move on!'

"And I didn't know this, but somehow the universe was bringing that to me because Monster's Ball was coming. And I never would have been able to do that if I had not had this gratuitous little moment in the movie right before."

In 2001's Monster's Ball, Berry brazenly went into risque territory with Billy Bob Thornton. It is a raw, primal, racially charged film. Her stunning performance earned Berry an Oscar, making her the first of African heritage to win the best-actress prize.

Yet that Oscar never would have been hers if not for that silly scene in Swordfish, Berry said yesterday. Otherwise, she would have turned Marc Forster down on Monster's Ball.

"I would have been too inhibited, and I wouldn't have gone through the media scrutiny. But I had just been through it: 'My tits are out! We've talked about it!' So I felt safe going even further, and I thought that role called for it and I thought it was justified and it was not gratuitous.

"So now I approach roles and I'm no longer afraid of nudity, if a role calls for it. I'm not afraid of nudity. It just didn't come up in this movie (Perfect Stranger)."

The Cleveland-born Berry, a former beauty queen, is now 40. She still has the translucent skin of a teenager yet the regal bearing of a woman. So she is a Hollywood dream doll.

In Perfect Stranger, director James Foley plays with that image by layering in complexity. Berry plays a New York celebrity journalist who tries to disgrace rich, powerful men who stray.

On screen, Berry teases. You see her naked in a shower -- but the steam obscures her body. You see her half-naked getting dressed -- but only from the back. You see her vamping Giovanni Robisi, Gary Dourdan and Bruce Willis.

It's all about eroticism, not the sex act, Berry said. "It's not seeing the act, it is fantasizing about it, right?"

So Perfect Stranger is an erotic thriller without explicit sex scenes. "To have sex would have been attacking the intelligence of audiences today," Berry said. "They don't need that."

But her character uses the tease to manipulate men, Berry said.

"And that's fun: To have a character who encompasses that side of who we are as women. To be in touch with your sexuality. And to be a woman who knows the effect of her sexuality on the male species. And makes no excuses for it!"

Hey, nobody's purr-fect, and Halle can admit it

Halle Berry knows how to laugh at herself -- even when the wolves are out and trying to tear her to pieces.

That's why she showed up at the 2005 Razzie Awards to accept the abuse for the now legendary Catwoman, a fiasco that earned her the dubious distinction as worst actress of 2004.

"I loved Catwoman!" Berry said with a laugh yesterday in Toronto. So she makes no apologies now for donning her leathers and prowling the streets.

"You have to take risks," she said. "But I have to say: Going there (to the Razzies) and putting that to bed, and taking responsiblity and taking the criticism and laughing at myself, was the most empowering things for me to do.

"And the applause I got for showing up there was as thunderous and as meaningful as in any place I'd ever shown up at before."

That includes the 2002 Oscars, when she was named best actress for 2001's Monster's Ball.

"I felt that I was there for a good reason," Berry said of "getting" the tongue-in-cheek tone of the Razzies, which send up Hollywood.

"It was actually a good thing and I thought I was going to start a trend of actors showing up. But I guess not. (Sharon Stone did not bother going this year.) Yet it is a cool thing to do!"

More Artists




HOT MUSIC HEADLINES
Watch new 'Trek' sequel trailer
Baldwin arrested for tax evasion
Jolie stylist picks up rings: report
Movies to get you in Xmas spirit
On-screen items who should date
'Deadfall' soaked in creepy
KStew on most inspiring stars list
Are 3D movies here to stay?
Jackson sleepless over Freeman
Rock slams today's comedians
More Headlines
'Reacher' to debut in Pittsburgh
Damon reunites with Clooney
Channing Tatum takes acting hiatus
Murphy tops overpaid actors list
Jackman gave Seyfried a lap dance
Our film flop remake wishlist
Travolta 'heals' man with Scientology
NY critics pick 'Zero Dark'
Our video game to movie dream list
Lohan's bank accounts seized: report


Who's coming and when
Want to know when your favourite band is coming to town? Check out Clive, JAM Music's extensive Canadian concert listings.

TV Listings
Wondering what's on tonight? Check out our TV listings for the complete schedule in your area.
Movie Listings
Find out what's playing at a theatre near you.






Do you think Kanye West should have the book thrown at him for fighting with a photographer?
Yes
No


Results | Story