Thursday, October 22, 2009

Apparently people want to confide in Viola Davis...

The Oscar-nominated, exceptionally talented, and always-welcome Viola Davis has two new projects lined up. See if you can spot the pattern.

Funny Story centers on a clinically depressed 15-year-old who checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward where he gains a new lease on life. Davis will play the psychiatrist who helps him understand his anxieties and provides him with the help he needs.

Trust revolves around a family who must deal with the ramifications after their 14-year-old daughter is victimized by an adult who gained her trust posing as a teenager on a chat room. Davis will play the counselor assigned to the girl’s case.

Toss that in with the social worker/jail-house religious leader that she played in Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, and it appears that Ms. Davis is on her way to becoming the go-to actresses for tough, but empathic mental healers. I suppose that's better than playing the mayor in Law-Abiding Citizen, where she had about ten minutes of screen-time and spent nearly all of them scolding Jamie Fox and proclaiming general helplessness.

Scott Mendelson

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