Taraji P. Henson is playing her toughest role yet. In Pierre Bagely’s From the Rough, Henson plays Catana Starks, a former swim coach at Tennessee State University, who became the first woman ever to coach a college men’s golf team.
The drama, which is based on a true story, is one of the last films to feature a performance by the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Henson tells HipHollywood exclusively that watching the film back is not only bitter sweet, but that she believes Duncan has a lot to do with getting the project off the ground.
“It hurts to know that this film is finally coming out and he won’t get to see it,” she tells us. “But, on a lighter note, I have a feeling he has a lot to do with this movie being distributed. Pulling strings up there. I feel like we had good angels around this project the entire time.”
She continued, “We put together an amazing team that believes in the power of this woman’s story and here we are. I’m so glad it will see the light of day. I’m so glad that this story will live on in theaters to touch other peoples lives the way her story touched mine.”
And according to co-stars, LeToya Luckett and Henry Simmons, the film is going to be a hole in 1. “When people look at this movie, I think they can see the reflection of their own lives and see the adversity that they go through because of what coach Starks went through,” Simmons explained.
LeToya added, “You can’t help but to grow after seeing something like this.”
From the Rough hits theaters April 25.