When it comes to famous fictional Hollywood husbands, no one is more known in the Black Hollywood spectrum than veteran actor Michael Beach, whose played in a laundry list of motion pictures throughout the years, but is famously remembered for his portrayal of a cheating husband in both Waiting to Exhale and Soulfood. He is in fact the man who caused Angela Bassett to set a car full of relationship memorabilia on fire, and made a knife yielding Vanessa Williams almost unleash the fury on her entire family at what should have been a peaceful dinner get together.
Since those roles, Michael Beach has padded his laundry list of film credits with some of the biggest and best productions to ever grace a screen anywhere. At nearly 50 years old, and having been a major factor in the success of television series like ER, Third Watch and The Game, you’d think Beach would be ready to take a break, but after our conversation at the 16th Annual American Black Film Festival it’s become as clear as day that this celebrated thespian is just beginning.
Beach arrived at Black Hollywood’s biggest film festival to promote and discuss his latest acting fete, “David E. Talbert’s A Fool and His Money.” “A Fool and His Money” is a play, by famed author Talbert, and charts the journey of the Jordan family whose luck has just changed after winning a million dollars in a radio contest. Unfortunately for the Jordan’s, the price of these overnight riches quickly makes them a target for every friend and long lost family member who will do anything to get close enough to them to get a piece of their money. Aside from Beach, the film also stars Eddie Griffin, Ann Nesby and Cindy Herron from En Vogue.
“I’ve never done a stage play before, but I had a balling doing this. After having been around for over thirty years, to do something like this is exciting.” Beach shared with Insight News. “David E. Talbert made it easy for me to transition because the production had multiple camera’s like a film, even though you rehearse it like a play. The whole thing was fresh and exiting and you can’t beat the energy of having a live audience there supporting you as an actor.”
Apart from this incredible production which is currently available for purchase on DVD, you can expect to see Michael Beach in this fall’s highly anticipated reboot of “Sparkle”, the film “Red Dawn” with Chris Hemsworth, and riding alongside Mark Wahlberg next year in “Broken City.”