Yeah, Mos Def has been showing up a lot on the big (Bamboozled) and small (StLM, Chappelle's Show) screen. I really liked him in this, but I'm really excited to see him as Ford Prefect in the new Hitchiker's Guide.
While I haven't watched it yet, my friend Sean is in the commerical. He's the guy who goes up and says "Doctor so-and-so is needed in the OR" or something.
I remember him telling me about filming this in Baltimore last fall and how neat it was to be on the same set as Alan Rickman and Mary Stuart Masterson. I can't wait to watch it this week. Glad to hear it's good.
I think you're referring to the point in the movie where a doctor runs into the hallway and says, "Vivien Thomas is assisting in an operation with the Chief of Surgery." Then everyone crowds around the labs looking through the windows.
I really enjoyed the movie though, I even caught myself getting choked up near the end when Mos Def is looking at the portraits on the wall.
I saw this on The American Experience a little while ago and absolutely loved it. Although I can't picture Alan Rickman in the role as a white southern doctor, I will reserve judgement until I finally see the movie.
I too saw The American Experience version of the Thomas/Blalock story so I knew the basic history. HBO, as usual, did fine by the production. As for me, I'll watch Alan Rickman whatever the role. I think he acquitted himself nicely playing Blalock.
Yeah, I was impressed with his performance. Really, the acting in this was top notch, and the direction was very good, with a lot of great tight shots to give you an idea of the intricacy of the projects.
Another HBO original that didn't dissapoint, one I will eagerly own on DVD>