The "Fences" Cast on Denzel, Viola, and Bringing the Pulitzer-Winning Play to the Screen
Huffington Post - 2 months
My favorite film of the year is "Fences," with a screenplay by the late August Wilson, based on his Tony and Pulitzer award-winning play. It stars many of the actors who appeared in the acclaimed 2012 Broadway production, including Denzel Washington, who plays former Negro League baseball player Troy and also directed, and Viola Davis, who plays Troy's wife, Rose.
It was a thrill to get a chance to talk with four of the stars of the film, Stephen McKinley Henderson (Bono, Troy's best friend), Mykelti Williamson (Gabriel, Troy's brother, disabled by a WWII injury), Russell Hornsby (Lyons, Troy's older son), and Jovan Adepo (Cory, Troy's younger son).
Williamson on the respect and care that goes into playing a character with cognitive impairment:
The cognitive issue is TBI, which is Traumatic Brain Injury. On a scale of 1 to 100 it depends on how you are affected some people at 15 percent, some at 12, some 42, and so on. So you have to tell a story so I was actually led by
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