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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Why Isn't Naomie Harris In All the Movies?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Naomie Harris is an international treasure. But why do I feel like I'm the only one who knows this? Though she's been acting for nearly two decades, delivering one great performance after another, she continues to fly under the radar. Even after her riveting portrayal of Winnie Madikizela in last year's otherwise derivative Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, she's still seriously slept on as one of our finest talents. I mean, the fact that she was shut out of every major award (not even as much as a nomination) for Mandela is a tragedy in and of itself.

But yet her IMDB page is shockingly bare in regards to future projects. Other than an as yet "rumored" role as Moneypenny in the 2015 Skyfall follow-up Bond 24, there's nothing listed. Let's hope this changes soon because Harris is the type of actress that deserves her own franchise. She is a talented force to be reckoned with and she she deserves far more attention than she gets.

I thought of this the other day while I was watching The First Grader (2010) over the weekend. In Harris's previous performance under the direction of Justin Chadwick (Mandela), she plays Jane Obinchu, a Kenyan schoolteacher whose professional and personal lives come under conflict once she admits an 84-year-old first-time student and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter (Oliver Litondo) after the Kenyan government announced universal and free elementary education in 2003. To say that Harris is a revelation in this film may be an understatement. It not only prepared her to tackle the complex layers of Winnie Madikizela a few years later, but it also proved yet again that she is able to take on a variety of different roles--from heroic to villainous. She solidified a sci-fi fanbase with her totally badass performance in 28 Days Later..., showed that she can steals scenes from 007 himself, and continues to surprise audiences in roles across all genres.

And on top of all that, she manages to somehow also be a red carpet fashion titan. Here's some of her best looks:

Need I say more? 


37paddington said...

I so agree with you. She needs to break out. She's crazy talented and versatile and gorgeous too.

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