While appearing virtually in Good Morning America on Wednesday morning, the 49-year-old actress opened up plans for her 50th birthday on Friday, sharing that they will be discreet amidst the Pandid-19 pandemic.
Asked by GMA co-presenter Robin Roberts as she plans to celebrate the important occasion, King began, “Well, that’s just an interesting question to ask people today, right?”
“I’ll be celebrating at home and having a party to watch,” King shared, referring to the release of his next historic drama film, One night in miami, which will launch on Amazon Prime the same day.
The film – based on the staging of Kemp Powers of the same name in 2013 – follows Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) on a fictional evening he spent celebrating with his three friends – NFL star Jim Brown, singer Sam Cooke and Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X – after defeating world boxing champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Center.
Earlier this month, in an interview with British Vogue, King spoke openly about turning 50 and revealed that life only gets better with age.
“I feel like I’m much more interesting now, as a 50-year-old woman, than I was at 25, “King told the outlet.” I can bring much more to the table. I think it’s the same for everyone. “
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The son’s mother Ian, 24, also noted that he values the experiences he had along the way.
“You may not have the stamina you had at 25, but what do you know now? Much better,” she said.
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One Night in Miami starts broadcasting on Amazon Prime Video this Friday
During her time with GMA, King detailed more about One night in miami, sharing what attracted her to direct the film.
“Well, there are a lot of things I’m interested in, but at that time I was talking to my agents about directing a love story with a historical background – sort of like a Titanic,” she said. “And I would say this is not a typical novel, but it can be a bit of a bromance.”
So, as a co-presenter Michael Strahan asked King more about what he did One night in miami “the right story” for her to direct, King noted that the four men featured in the film played an important role.
“These four men are powers,” she said. “If not all of them, at least one of them has touched our lives in some way.”
“And Kemp Powers, the writer, was able to humanize them in a way that we don’t normally see them. We don’t think of them as men, we treat them and think of them as gods – as if they weren’t vulnerable, as if they had no fears or concerns, “he added. “In this play, we can see them as men [and] to see them celebrating each other, to see them being brothers. “