Denise Boutté has mastered the Denzel tear. In his Oscar-winning role in the 1989 Civil War drama “Glory,” Denzel Washington became infamous for a brutal flogging scene in which a single tear streams down his cheek.
Boutté pulls off a similar feat of emotion and control in her new TV movie, “For the Love of Ruth.” But the Maurice native admits she may have had a little help.
“We were on location in a house and we had shot in that room the day before,” said Boutté. “I had an allergic reaction like nobody’s business. I could not stop sneezing. It was horrible.
“The next day, the scene where we get the bad news, is changed. The director had the brilliant idea and said ‘Let’s bring Denise back to this room that made her almost die from allergies.’
“I’ll take credit for that Denzel tear and call it emotions. But it could have very well been the allergens.”
Acting and allergies work for Boutté as the star of “For the Love of Ruth,” which debuts at 7 p.m. Saturday on TV One. Directed toward African-American adults, TV One is a cable and satellite network available to more than 57 million U.S. households.
Directed by Christine Swanson, “For the Love of Ruth” is a modern retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth. Boutté plays Ruth Sommerling, who faces a chain of endless disappointments since being orphaned as a child.
An accident claims Ruth’s husband, but draws her closer to his mother, Naomi Marachond, played by Loretta Devine of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Client List” fame. But conflicts develop with Naomi’s brother-in-law Stephen, James Pickens Jr. of “Grey’s Anatomy”.
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SOURCE: The Advertiser