After almost three years of doing dramatic films, Mo’Nique returns to her comedic roots in in the new holiday film Almost Christmas. But, don’t call it a comeback. According to the Academy Award-winning actress, this is just the right script at the right time.
“You know, this was me having a great time with some talented people,” she told HipHollywood exclusively. “And, you know, there was some of it that made sense for me to come back and do this film, and when you get the script and find out Danny Glover is the lead, it’s like, ‘Let’s go.’”
In the film, the Baltimore native is definitely the scene stealer, playing the hilarious Aunt Mae, and her co-stars told us they had a hard time keeping a straight face while filming.
“She does a different joke with every take, and she’s just so quick and witty” said Gabrielle Union. “When the camera wasn’t on us, we were just laughing and texting each other inappropriate jokes.”
“No, I didn’t keep a straight face, I couldn’t hold it in,” exclaimed Romany Malco. “At one point she was even feeding the kids one-liners; I was like, ‘Oh, my God.'”
But while the cast was marveling at Mo’Nique’s comedic genius, she told us she was having a hard time staying in character around her idol, Danny Glover.
Check out the full interview above. Almost Christmas hits theaters Nov 11.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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