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Actress Halle Berry has been sitting on a gold mine of a film until now. Sony Picture’s The Call hits theatres on March 15th and it features Berry at her best. Of course this could not be possible if it were not for the dynamic team of directors, writers and fellow actors on board. Directed by Brad Anderson, The Call centers around the day to day grind of a 911 dispatcher, Jordan Turner( Halle Berry). With the pressures of holding people’s lives in the palm of her hand, Berry’s character is faced with tracking down a serial killer, after getting 911 calls from teenage girls. After a 911 call turns ugly for one girl, Jordan Turner is determined to find the serial killer that has found his way into her present from her past.
This role itself was not an easy task for Berry who admits that after the filming of this movie, she vows to never walk through a parking garage alone. The writers, Richard D’Ovidio, Nicole D’Ovidio , and Jon Bokenkamp have managed to shed an enormous light on what it is like to be thrown into situations of danger and be able to get out unscathed. Being a 911 dispatcher is one of the hardest and stressful occupations out there and Berry did not take that fact too lightly.
Berry has been known for immersing her entire self into a role and Jordan Turner was no exception. When Berry first came on the scene in her first motion picture, Jungle Fever, she did not bathe for more than a week, in order to bring realness to her character. In her 2003 film, Gothika, Berry was so dedicated to the role, that she ended up breaking her arm in one of her scenes, with Robert Downey, Jr. Needless to say the production was down for at least eight weeks, while the actress healed.
In The Call, Berry did her own stunts. To prepare for the emotional demands of her character, Berry worked with real life dispatchers, listening to their phone calls and observing their behavior, mannerisms,and protocol. Berry told Access Hollywood , “To really realize what these people do and how much responsibility they have and how calm [they have to be] and how they have to multitask… it’s [amazing,]”. “They are really the unsung heroes of the city.”