Mary J. Blige on film
You’ve probably heard about this lady. Yeah… I’m talking about Mary J. Blige. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul as she’s known to the general public, but also to her adoring fans. Winner of 9 Grammy Awards and one of the most talented ladies currently working today in the music but also in the film business.
Which brings me to the theme of this post. Mary’s thriving acting career and how wonderful she is in Dee Rees’s period drama Mudbound. She already won her third Golden Globe nomination (and first in the Best Supporting Actress category) and is up for an Academy Award nomination at the upcoming announcement.
But what about her acting experience leading up to Mudbound. Mary sure had her share of acting gigs in the past, and I’m here to remind you of them. Starting from 2001’s Prison Song when she made her acting debut and right up until 2017’s Mudbound.
This is Mary J. Blige on film
Prison Song (2001)
Director: Darnell Martin
Stars: Danny Hoch, Elvis Costello, Q-Tip, Mary J. Blige…
Fun fact about the movie: Insane Clown Posse member Violent J was offered a role as a prison guard, which he would have had to perform without his trademark facepaint. However, Violent J refused the role because he did not want to play a racist character.
I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Mary J. Blige …
Fun fact about the movie: Adam Rodriguez and Taraji P. Henson also played an on-screen couple on the TV series “Empire”.
Rock of Ages (2012)
Director: Adam Shankman
Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige …
Fun fact about the movie: When Justice (Mary J. Blige) finds Sherrie outside the Venus Club in the rain, there is a DeLorean parked outside the entrance.
Black Nativity (2013)
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige …
Fun fact about the movie: This is Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker’s second collaboration. Their first was “Waiting to Exhale” (1995), which Whitaker directed and in which Bassett starred.
Director: Dee Rees
Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige …
Fun fact about the movie: Mary J. Blige related closely to her character, as she had an Aunt who embodied her character Florence, who had worked for and raised a bunch of kids in a white family who loved her. Additionally, she saw her character also in the experiences of her grandmother.