I have come across some new production stills from Fences and have added them to our gallery.
One year ago this week Viola’s film Fences was released in theaters. Viola won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Rose Maxson. I have added captures of this wonderful film to our gallery.
When Oscar Sunday arrives on Feb. 26, no one will be surprised if Viola Davis wins Best Supporting Actress, thanks to her powerful work in Fences. The three-time Oscar nominee is overdue for a win, and her complete embodiment of the character of Rose should be the role that earns her the statue. In an exclusive clip from the Digital HD release of Fences, Davis and her co-stars offer up powerful insights about Rose and the knockout performance Davis delivers in the film.
Based on the Broadway play of the same name, Fences is the story of a marriage, and the performance Davis gives as a woman who devotes her life to a proud man who makes many mistakes is one of her best to date. In the behind-the-scenes clip, Davis’ co-stars Denzel Washington, Jovan Adepo, and Russell Hornsby have nothing but glowing reviews for the actor.
Hornsby, in particular, cuts to the heart of what makes Davis such a stunning performer. When talking about his co-star’s unique ability to bring Rose to life, he says,
“Viola digs deep into the terra firma of our ancestors to find their voice, to find their blood, to find their pain, and bring it to life. And say this is for the people who cannot speak.”
When asked who inspired her portrayal of Rose, Davis is quick to name herself, her mother, and any woman who “ever sacrificed a piece of herself for the greater good.” By focusing in on a pivotal scene from the final moments of the film, the digital extra illuminates what drives Rose to make the most difficult choice of her life. Whether you have seen Fences or it’s still on your to-watch list, the clip is an absolute must-see — and trust me, if you haven’t seen the film it will leave you wanting more.
Come Oscar night, movie fans need to understand why critics cannot stop talking about Davis’ performance. The actor originated the role on stage, but she somehow found a way to bring even more nuances to Rose on film. As a black woman, wife, and mother in 1950s Pittsburgh, Rose struggles to reconcile her various roles in a way Davis is right to point out many women to this day will be able to relate to. Her sacrifices cut deep, and Davis is unafraid to show the scars left behind.
Fences is available for digital download on Friday, Feb. 24 and will be available on Blu-ray March 14.
I have added a handful of new images from Viola’s role in her film Fences to the gallery.
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A new article from the Los Angeles Times where Viola & Denzel share their three favorite scenes from their new film Fences.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis played married couple Troy and Rose Maxson 114 times in the 2010 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s “Fences.” That number came up often in a recent conversation with the pair while Davis was on her lunch break from shooting her TV series, “How to Get Away With Murder.”
For Davis, that figure signifies the amount of time she needed to connect with her character, a devoted housewife living in the shadow of her husband, and then revisit Rose’s disappointments in the film version of “Fences,” which Washington directed. “Most narratives don’t have a 33-page scene — or a four-page monologue,” she says. “It’s a hard role.”
Washington brandishes the number as a way of explaining the studio’s confidence in his vision for the movie adaptation. He did not test screen “Fences.” “One hundred and fourteen performances? We’re good,” Washington says.
The two recently won SAG Awards honors for their work in the film. Over the course of a salad and mushrooms appetizer (Davis) and club sandwich (Washington), they talked about the three scenes that traced the arc of the shifting dynamics of the Maxsons’ life together, moving from contentment to betrayal to walled-off resignation.
Scene 1: It’s Friday afternoon and Troy and his friend Bono arrive at Troy’s home in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Rose greets them and, briefly, but distinctly, we gain an understanding of their 18 years together.
Davis: You’ve got to sit with them. And I’m telling you, the biggest issue I have — and the biggest challenge took me 114 performances to get over — is that I didn’t want to play Rose as someone who felt swallowed up by her life. I wanted to present a woman who loved her husband and really give a portrait of a marriage that’s working. It’s flawed, like all marriages are. But it’s working.
Washington: He says, “See this woman, Bono? I love this woman. I love this woman so much it hurts. I love her so much … I done run out of ways of loving her.”
He’s not saying that thinking about softening the blow for what’s coming later. You’ve got to believe these two people love each other. If you don’t believe that, who cares? You’d be like, “Oh yeah, I could see that coming.” Without the joy, there’s no pain.
Davis: I do believe what happens in marriages is you see the cracks. You look over at your partner sometimes and you think, “Why can’t you be different? What did I get myself into?” And the next moment you say, “But I love him. I’m going to give myself to him anyway.” That’s Rose. Maybe there’s a little semblance of frustration — the gray in her hair. Her hips are wider now. She always has the apron on. But she’s happy.
Oftentimes, when I see marriages on screen, it’s, “We want to cast someone who you’re attracted to and have a sexual tension with.” And that’s part of marriage, but it’s more than that. When you see two people together, there’s more that connects them other than sex and feeling like they’re going to be skipping down the street at the end of the day. And that different kind of connection that binds us took us 114 performances to get because it’s deeper.
Washington: I told all the actors, “Let’s start at the beginning, not where we left off. Don’t assume we know the end. Let’s look for the love as much as we can. Let’s infuse as much love so when things turn it means something.” Not in a false way. They really do love each other. But you know, life happens and he made a serious mistake.
I shot a scene in a bar as part of that six-month, passage-of-time sequence, a little one of me with Alberta [the woman Troy impregnates]. And women didn’t like it — for obvious reasons. But somebody said to me — which made me cut it — that they didn’t know it was Alberta. They thought it was another woman. And Troy had told Bono, “I wasn’t out there looking for nothing.” That has to be true. Otherwise, he’s not just a womanizer but a liar as well.
Viola spoke with TV Guide.com on why the story of Fences is important.
Viola Davis made history in 2015 when she became the first black actress to win the lead drama actress Emmy for How to Get Away with Murder. She’s once again rewriting the awards annals this year: She’s the first black actress to receive three Oscar nominations, and as the runaway favorite to win supporting actress for Fences, she could become only the fourth person to accept an Oscar and an Emmy in the same calendar year.
But the film — an adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning play about a working-class African-American family in the 1950s — means much more than mere hardware for Davis. “Fences has been the experience of my life,” she tells TVGuide.com.
Long before she brought Annalise Keating to life, Davis played dutiful wife Rose Maxson in the 2010 Broadway production of Fences opposite Denzel Washington, who directed the film and reprised his role as her husband Troy Maxson. (Both won Tonys, and Davis could become the 23rd person to achieve the Triple Crown of acting — win a Tony, an Emmy and an Oscar — thus putting her a Grammy short of an EGOT.) They were the last pieces in the decades-long journey to shepherd Wilson’s play to the big screen.
“You will sit with this family … and see that this is a universal story,” Davis, who’s already won the Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, says. “It’s truly an everyman story.”
The 89th Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on ABC. How to Get Away with Murder airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC
Congratulations to Viola on her Academy Award nomination for her role in Fences! And congrats to the cast & crew of Fences for it’s 4 nominations!
Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester By The Sea)