One more cover and yet it’s never enough! Regina King, in service of the movie she directed, nabbed the WSJ magazine cover. Now, I’m so crabby at the WSJ proper for running that absurd “kiddo” editorial about Dr. Jill Biden using her earned credential, but the magazine is managed separately and asks to be credited differently, and I always feel for the people at a media organization that didn’t have anything to do with the parts that are a tire fire. So let’s honor their work. And Regina’s. If she gets an Oscar nod for Best Director, I will be DELIGHTED, because I love the idea of her taking over the world.
The story is behind a paywall, but the magazine sent some choice quotes:
King on having her son in mind when telling the story of One Night In Miami:
King describes the story as a personalized portrait of revered figures. “We meet them in places where they’re each getting punched in the gut and getting reminded of their blackness or inequities in some way,” she says. “I wanted the world to see Black men the way I see them, as complex, as vulnerable, as strong…as human beings that feel—who are not void of being hurt.”
Damon Lindelof, The Watchman series creator:
“Hollywood loves to tell the story of the overnight sensation and the ingénue…and because Regina has been acting since she was a kid, it’s depriving the system of this sense of discovery,” he says. “If Meryl Streep–level parts…were being written for Regina, she would have also won Oscars. Those parts just weren’t getting written for her, and now they are. I think there’s a whole level of filmmakers who understand that they’ve got a supernova of talent in Regina King, and in order to get her interested in your project, you’ve got to write a part that’s worthy of her.”
Gabrielle Union on her friend:
“When you have someone like a Regina King who has been wildly successful in everything that she’s done since she was a teenager, and you still refuse to acknowledge her brilliance and her financial contribution to this industry, that isn’t an unconscious bias. That isn’t an oversight. That is willful,” says actor and friend Gabrielle Union. “By every estimation, she has been a powerhouse for decades. So how do you ignore the powerhouse in the room?”
Leslie Odom Jr., the movie’s Sam Cooke, on King:
“I think that you see in a Regina King career the history of the business and what has been historically possible for talented Black performers, talented Black female performers,” he says. “I say that because she’s kind of been tapping on the ceiling at every level. Every rung of the ladder that has been available to her, she’s maximized all of those rungs, and so now Hollywood is ready.”
Long live La King.