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Call Her King Cast and Crew Talk Trouble in the Courtroom with New BET+ Movie

Fusing run and gun visuals that are synonymous with classic action movies of the ’90s like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon franchises with current sociopolitical issues, Call Her King is a new crime thriller that is being written and directed by filmmaker Wes Miller.

Hoping to not only entertain audiences but also educate them as well through an edge-of-your-seat, high-stakes story, this new BET+ release not only has the unique setting of a real courthouse but also revolves around judge Jaeda King (played by Naturi Naughton), who has to traverse a hostile takeover by a hardened criminal, Black Caesar, who is looking for the release of his brother. Viewers are sure to be captivated by the main female lead and her head fast determination towards bringing things under control once more.

With the stage being set for her inevitable showdown with the villainous thugs who are trying to take control of her space, the audience not only comes to learn about her team from within her chambers but also her family at home. Actor Tobias Truvillion steps into the shoes of Gerald King, Jaeda’s husband, who adds to the drama and emotional subplot of the entire feature, while actor Johnny Messner plays John Stryker, deputy to Mrs. King’s court.

Just this past week, MovieWeb had a chance to sit down with Truvillion, Messner, and Miller about the intricacies of bringing crime to a courtroom and how Call Her King uniquely connects entertainment with the truth.

Being an Honest Husband to the Judge

Before making her way to the courthouse on this climactic day, the characters of Jaeda King and her husband induce anxiety early on in Call Her King when they seem to have a hard time balancing their personal and professional lives. Jaeda seems to only be focused on her work while Gerald wants her to be more grounded with him.

Regarding this tense and strained familial arc in the movie, Truvillion pointed to romantic ebbs and flow from real life as his mindset for these scenes. “It’s always trying to figure each other out and make sense of each other so that we can move forward ,” said Truvillion, “that’s what Gerald was trying to do.” He elaborated about the on-screen chemistry between he and Naturi Naughton and how it was perfected:

Our goal was to really find the trust within each other because the scenes are very intimate […] It’s all of those things that people never see — the conversations, the background work that create the chemistry, and the energy.
It makes sense that Truvillion upholds this marriage subplot by himself (besides being opposite Naughton), considering the other people he actually drew from regarding his role in Call Her King. The answer proves that even though Tobias is focused on his career in Hollywood, he still holds memories of home in high regard. “It’s always about being authentic. You think about people in your family,” explained the actor, “you think about people in the backyard barbeque. Those are where I pull from, experiences from people that I know of.” Related: These Are the Most Honest and Realistic Movies About Marriage

Besides seeing him in the upcoming BET+ original movie, you can also watch Truvillion in another soon to be released feature on the same streaming platform, The First Lady of BMF: The Tonesa Welch Story, as well a new film called Black Terror available on digital soon.

Creating an Action Movie with a Real Message
Call Her King movie on BET


Miller excitedly explained the social duality in a movie like Call Me King. “I just hope that the audience comes away entertained, asking a few questions, like what it’s really like for African Americans and the level of incarceration in this country,” said the director, who wanted to “just spark some conversation, some thought. It is a definite serious issue.”

Even though he expanded on the movie’s outreach, he didn’t shy away from the core essence of protagonist versus antagonist. “It was also somewhat challenging in the sense of having a female African American judge and a [male] African American defendant. [I was] making sure we understood that these individuals, that they have struggles that all people could understand.”

Speaking to plot inspirations and story aspects, Miller couldn’t help but admit this movie’s lineage to the first entry in a Bruce Willis franchise. “I think you have to start with Die Hard, in the sense that you have a contained piece that has a nice thrust and a nice emotional underpinning.”

Related: Best Court Scenes in Movies of All Time, Ranked

Along with the 1988 Christmas-themed action film, he named three other pictures as influences for immersive detail. “Equalizer does a great job of [giving] you a protagonist whose backstory isn’t super clear. John Q dealt with the emotional aspect of a high [stakes] situation. Inside Man dealt with the cleverness of a high [stakes] situation.” The director was keen on picking the most receptive parts from these classics in order to heighten the positive reception for Call Her King.

Johnny Messner’s Motivation
Johnny Messner in Call Her King on BET BET+

Acting for over 20 years and starring in cult classics like Tears of the Sun and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, generational actor Johnny Messner seems to be no stranger to playing the muscle in any type of situation, even if the character provides strengthening words instead of brute force.

A distressing moment for Mrs. King from within her private chambers causes John Stryker, Messner’s character to speak up and bring her back to the reality of the situation. “The moment itself was the inspiration for me,” said Messner. “This is not a match made in heaven here. But through the work and friendship-based relationship that they have built, he knows that she’s a good one, right?”

Taking a moment to ponder his seamless way of stepping into the role that he was given, we then moved to the introductory phase of the entire process, specifically when he first found out about the movie. According to him, the director had him pinned since day one. “It was Wes [Miller]. I’m a big fan of his. Whenever he’s doing something that he thought I would enjoy doing, a character that I would enjoy doing, I told him to hit me up. He did and [it was] great.”

Messner also noted how the director was excited over set locations. “We got to shoot in real federal buildings in Camden, it was incredible that they opened their doors up for that. That was a big deal for Wes.” It seems like Call Her King’s message wasn’t the only part of the movie that can hit close to home.

Audiences can now see all the hard hitting and explosive courtroom drama with Call Her King streaming on BET+.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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