After making the morph DoA and a comment about watching bad movies with buff actresses and why, it got me thinking about a remarkable move and why it is so remarkable.
Most movies where there is a buff actress, it is usually a B, C or D movie (notable exceptions are Aliens and Terminator 2), but almost inevitably the actress' buffness is treated as a "thing", either as a joke, a plotline (usually about steroids), or that this woman is incredible dangerous (either as a hero or villain). If the actress is buff it is usually made a deal out of.
However there is one movie that truly breaks the mold: "Angela Bassett in "What's love got to do with it".
For some reason Angela Bassett put in an enormous effort into building an incredible impressive physique. The movie was released in 1993, but Bassett's physique puts her well into today's amateur fitness/physique competition levels, and wouldn't even look too out of place on the pro scale. She puts many of the pro fitness stars of the early 90's to shame, and by those day's standard she was high end amateur bodybuilding material.
So she had an amazing physique, so what? There were several movies around then with actual bodybuilders in them, like "Double Impact" (Cory Everson), and "Iron Eagle III" (Rachel McLish).
Well Bassett's movie is for starters a true A movie. That's something.
But what makes this movie truly remarkable is that Bassett's physique in this movie is a complete non issue. Bassett is just Tina Turner in this movie, not Buff Tina Turner. She wears her Tina Turner clothes (sometimes arms covered, sometimes not), does her Tina Turner things and no one bats an eye lid. It is treated as completely normal. Here's this incredibly fit woman, muscles bulging and rippling (when you can see them) and it is treated as the most normal thing in the world. I don't know why the director and Bassett went this direction, but I absolutely love it.
I wish some of the cuter fitness profiles out there (the likes of Cassandra Martin, Lauren Findley etc.) had acting talent while script writers, producers, casting directors and directors had the guts to put them into any role and never make a deal out of it.
One can dream.
Anyway, let's revel in some of Bassett's glory while we go down this memory lane: