Blackfilm.com is reporting that Leslie Uggams is set to return as Blind Al in Deadpool 2. For an afterparty set for the film The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, she was asked whether fans could expect to see her return to the film which she confirmed. The Deadpool sequel is set to start filming later this spring with Josh Brolin joining the cast as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino.
Leslie Uggams has had a long career in film, television, and the theater. The role that led her to national prominence was Kizzy in Roots. She starred in a variety show on ABC called The Leslie Uggams Show in 1983 which nabbed her an Emmy. She's also starred in films like Sugar Hill starring Wesley Snipes.
While her role in Deadpool wasn't that big, she certainly made her presence felt. It's great when an actor of her caliber takes on a role that some may scoff at. I think of Alec Guinness. While he gladly signed on to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Original Star Wars Trilogy, by the end of filming, he was quite upset over the fact that most folks only knew him from these movies.
I understand some of his frustration. You work for years as an actor, studying the craft and taking on complex roles that test your limits. What do you end up being known for? That role in a space opera movie. Fans of genre entertainment can be a little short sighted as well, hounding actors incessantly about the minutiae of a film they did for a payday.
Yet these films can also be gateways for fans to check out the work of amazing actors who don't normally star in films such as Deadpool. They bring a certain gravitas to parts that may end up as throw away parts in the hands of other actors. Leslie did a great job in the short amount of time she was on screen. It's great to hear her returning to the role.
So what do you think? Are you glad to see Leslie Uggams return to the role of Blind Al? Do you think her role will be expanded in the sequel? Do you think stage actors can bring more believability to roles in genre films? Sound off in the comments section below.
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