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Aldis Hodge On His ‘Honest,’ Protective Role In ‘Hidden Figures’

HUFFINGTON POST – The “Underground” star says the civil rights and feminist movements played an integral part in his role.

 

Aldis Hodge was determined to present an honest portrayal of the 1960s in “Hidden Figures.”

 

During a visit to AOL’s Build series on Thursday, the actor discussed his role as Levi Jackson, the husband of pioneering mathematician and former NASA aerospace engineer Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe).

 

The film highlights the untold true story of three African-American women mathematicians who provided NASA with integral data during astronaut John Glenn’s historical orbit in 1962. Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star alongside Monáe as Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn, respectively.

 

Hodge’s character, a civil rights activist, juggles between his apprehension of supporting Mary’s efforts to pursue a career as a black engineer in addition to criticizing her work-life balance for her absence in their family’s household.

 

During the interview, Hodge explained how he drew upon Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same title to prepare for the role.

 

“I tried to play up the honesty of his legacy just off the fact that he was a very kind natured soul, as a family man,” he said. “He supported his wife – supported her in a very avant-garde way given the time frame. This is the 60s, so I loved what he represented and what they represented. So I was just trying to give some truth to that and made sure I did him some justice.”

 

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Hidden Figures Cast Wins Ensemble Performance Award

UINTERVIEW – The cast of Hidden Figures walked away with the Ensemble Performance Award last night at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

 

Kimberly Quinn, Kirsten Dunst, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe star in the upcoming film Hidden Figures, about the black women working behind the scenes to help NASA put a man in space in the 60s. The actresses and their many costars, were awarded for their performance at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Monday night, where they took home a top prize for their work together.

 

“History has its share of incredible untold stories, and this is one of the most compelling, the tale of three African-American women – engineers, physicists, mathematicians – who in their work for NASA in the early 1960s were integral in calculating the flight trajectories for Project Mercury and Apollo 11,” said Festival Chairman Harold Maztner. “Fueled by the performances of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, the ensemble cast also features outstanding performances from Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Glen Powell and many others. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the entire cast of Hidden Figures with the 2017 Ensemble Performance Award.”

 

Past Ensemble Award winners include the casts of Argo, American Hustle, Babel, The Big Short, The Imitation Game and The Social Network.

Aldis To Appear At AOL Build On January 5, 2017

DATE AND TIME

Thu, January 5, 2017
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
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LOCATION

BUILD Series Studio
770 Broadway
4th Floor
New York, NY 10003
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Join Aldis Hodge when he swings by to talk about “Hidden Figures.” Out in theaters everywhere on January 6, the film tells the untold story of three women at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

 

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. VALID ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY for security purposes (No age minimum). This event will be streamed LIVE on AOL.com/BUILD! Make sure to check out the BUILD Series Newsletter for updates and information about our events: http://build.aol.com/newsletter.

 

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