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Halle Berry exits Broadway's 'The Mountaintop,' but Samuel L. Jackson is still in

April 14, 2011 |  5:45 pm

Jackson One of the most anticipated plays coming to Broadway this year, "The Mountaintop" has been generating buzz since it opened in London two years ago and scored an upset at the Olivier Awards, winning the trophy for best play. Written by Katori Hall, the drama speculates on the events of the night before the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

Halle Berry had been rumored for the role of Camae, a maid with ambiguous intentions who works at the Lorraine Motel, where King was assassinated while in Memphis. But producers announced Thursday that Berry won't be in the Broadway production due to her child custody battle.

Producers confirmed that Samuel L. Jackson will star as King when the play officially opens at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Oct. 13. Kenny Leon will direct the play, with the casting of the maid to be announced at a later date.

The play follows King after he delivers his  "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech and retires to his motel room. In London, the play was produced at the Trafalgar Studios 1, and starred David Harewood and Lorraine Burroughs.

In addition to her Olivier Award, Hall won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize recognizing female playwrights.


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Photo: Samuel L. Jackson. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for CDG

Photo (bottom): Martin Luther King Jr., with Hosea L. Williams, Jesse Jackson and Ralph Abernathy in 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Credit: Associated Press


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But why did she leave i was so excited her and samuel working together.

I was excited too. Her child's father said he didn't care about the last role she had to give up. He seems vindictive, controlling and "now"appears to have a problem with her having a career and a child. Aubry wants to ruin her career. The same career she had when he decided to have a baby with her. Actors take their children on location all the time but for Halle it is a problem and she needs to choose. Aubry is not giving up his career to be a father but then he is not an actor.


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