Taraji P. Henson has revealed that her role in Tyler Perry’s revenge flick, “Acrimony,” was filmed in just five days.
Henson shared a clip of the movie on Instagram.
“I filmed my role in Acrimony in FIVE DAYS in the middle of playing Cookie on @Empire!! Tyler Perry told me I could do it, so of course, I believed him 💪🏾.,” she wrote in the post’s caption.
“I was soooo afraid I would fail because I had no time to get into character (so I thought)! I learned something new about my instrument on this production,” she concludes. “We also had no time for a lot of takes so EVErY scene was about two takes…maybe three and then it was time to move on 🥵!! WOW.”
In the movie, Henson plays Melinda Moore, who becomes abusive towards her husband (played by Lyriq Bent) after she suspects him of cheating. Melinda was the main breadwinner for the household — but her was secretly bleeding her dry.
Henson first collaborated with Perry on “The Family That Preys.” During a candid interview for Variety’s “Actors On Actors” series in 2019, Henson spoke candidly about the pay gap in Hollywood.
“I think the industry knew I was talented. But it’s about money. Are you bankable? I had to continuously prove that. I’ve been trying to prove and improve. I was asking for half a million,” she shared. “I didn’t get paid that until I did my first Tyler Perry film,” she said. “I was never in a position where I could not take a job; by the grace of God, they have all been really good characters. But it was never a situation where I was like, ‘I’m not going to do that.’ Now, I’m finally there.”
While actors of color are still fighting for parity — there’s nothing greater than earning your coins by doing what you love. Henson welcomes the highs and lows of her craft.
“I’ll never get to a certain level where I don’t do this anymore or that anymore. If it’s a good script, I’m doing it. … I don’t care if it’s a million-dollar movie or a five-dollar movie. If I’m connected, I’ve got to do it,” she said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.