Five Favorite Films with Vivica A. Fox
The star of Home Run also chats about sports and her new film.
She survived an alien attack in Independence Day and battled Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill. In Home Run (which opens in limited release today), Vivica A. Fox is up against a different kind of adversary. Fox stars as the agent of a hotshot ballplayer (played by Scott Elrod, who had a bit part in Argo in the script-reading scene) whose alcoholism and memories of childhood abuse are threatening to derail his career. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, the versatile actress shared her favorite films, as well as her love of sports and the wide variety of parts she's played over the years.
(James L. Brooks, 1983; 87% Tomatometer)
Terms of Endearment. I absolutely love that movie, with Debra Winger, Shirley MacLaine, and Jack Nicholson. One of my first tearjerker films. It was so good to see that mother-daughter dynamic, the love story kind of playing out, and just to see their love, and dealing with men. Shirley MacLaine -- the acting between her and Jack Nicholson was just awesome. It was just really one of my first tearjerker movies. I remember going, "Oh my God! I love that!" That was a good movie."
(Roland Emmerich, 1996; 61% Tomatometer)
I hate to say it, but it's one that I starred in -- is Independence Day. I was so happy about that film, because, first of all, it grossed close to $1 billion worldwide back in the day, and it really was a great film. To see Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum -- to see an African-American and a Jewish guy save the world -- I just love that. It was so cool. And the fact that I was a stripper that got to save the First Lady. It just had so many elements of people that normally don't become people's heroes save the world.
RT: You know, I've had a beef with you for that movie for 15 years. There's that scene where you're talking with Bill Pullman, who plays the president, and you say, "I voted for the other guy." And I'm thinking, "Who's this other guy? Did he have much better policies? Did he give better speeches?"
I think that was just a line, because if it was Mitt Romney I would have never voted for him. [laughs]
And then Memoirs of a Geisha. First of all, so beautifully shot. A wonderful love story. I cried. My friend who took me -- she said, "This movie's great." And it took me 10 to 15 minutes after the movie to calm down because it was just such a beautiful love story that was so wonderfully shot, and the actors... It was just gorgeous.
(David Frankel, 2008; 64% Tomatometer)
And then Marley & Me. I know, what a surprise. I went to the movie because it stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, and thought, "Oh, I'm going to laugh. It's going to be a comedy." And I own animals. Four cats. Once again, tearjerker. I'm such a sucker for a good film, and it was a great message that I absolutely loved.
My last one is... I'm torn between He Got Game and The Shining. Can we say that those two came in a tie?
RT: You're Vivica Fox; you can do whatever you want.
So it's a tie. He Got Game with Denzel Washington and Ray Allen, which I thought was just a wonderful movie. I'm an athlete, I love basketball. And then The Shining with Jack Nicholson, where he just kills it. And that's probably about the only horror film you'll ever see Vivica Fox love.
Next, Fox talks about being a sports nut and working on smaller films like Home Run.