Whoopi Goldberg reflected on her classic role as Oda Mae Brown in the 1990 movie “Ghost,” telling Variety that her late co-star, Patrick Swayze, had advocated her for the role.
In a cover story published Wednesday, Goldberg said she was on a list of women considered for the role of Oda Mae, including Patti LaBelle and Tina Turner, but that Swayze had fought for Goldberg to get it. the role.
She said the late actor and film director Jerry Zucker flew to Alabama so Goldberg and Swayze could read lines together.
Goldberg told Variety she immediately felt a connection to Swayze, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2009.
“Him and I just took each other,” she said.
Goldberg played the role of Oda Mae, a storefront psychic who helps murdered banker Sam Wheat (Swayze) hook up with his living girlfriend (Demi Moore) to warn him of impending danger.
The “The Color Purple” actor said that she and Swayze would joke about not knowing how the movie would come out while filming, wondering if it would be “the dumbest thing we’ve ever done”, she declared.
Goldberg’s iconic performance earned her the Best Supporting Actress award at the Oscars in 1991, making her the first black woman to receive an Oscar in 50 years.
In 2002, she became the first black person to achieve EGOT status – someone who won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.
And she continues to innovate in the arts.
Goldberg told Variety she was working on a screenplay for a superhero movie about an older black woman who gains new powers.
“Ever since I was little, I’ve been obsessed with superheroes,” she said. “They are all saving the earth all the time. But do you know who is really going to save the earth? Old black women.
Read the full Variety cover story here.
Another of Goldberg’s legendary roles has also recently made a comeback.
The actor is set to return as Sister Mary Clarence from 1992’s “Sister Act” and its sequel, “Sister Act: Back in the Habit.”
Disney announced in December that the third film was in development for airing on Disney +, with Goldberg set to produce and star in the film with Tyler Perry.
During an appearance on CBS’s “The Late Late Show” last October, Goldberg told host James Corden that a third movie was not made because he had been told for a long time that “no one wanted to see it. “
“Quite recently it turned out that this may not be true; people might want to see it, ”she said.
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