Bassett drawn to action flick because of director

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm •  Published: March 21, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — The idea of working with director Antoine Fuqua was enough for Angela Bassett to appear in the action flick, "Olympus Has Fallen." But things got better for the Oscar-nominated actress when she found out she'd share most of her scenes with Morgan Freeman.

"I was really happy to have that and I was intimidated before he even showed up," Bassett admits.

That all changed once they started working together on a set outside Shreveport, La., where they recreated parts of Washington, D.C., including the White House.

"He was nothing but professional and kind and warm and fun, and you know, a treat," Bassett recalled.

The actress plays Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs alongside Freeman's Speaker of the House Trumbull, who assumes presidential power when the president and vice president are incapacitated after a terrorist attack on the White House.

"He's been in so many great roles and he works all the time, you know? Who am I going to be in a world with him? His right hand! And he was at my left. So it was great," Bassett said.

She added: "At the end, I couldn't help myself, I just grabbed him and said, 'I just had a ball, you know, I hope we do it again sometime.' I think he thought the same, so I was humbled by that."

While acknowledging that was a treat, Bassett called the "most salient aspect" of the project was "the opportunity to work with Antoine Fuqua."

"I appreciate the talent that he has and the worlds that he creates," said Bassett about Fuqua, who directed Denzel Washington to an Oscar in "Training Day."

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