Disappointed with what roles Hollywood has had to offer in recent years, the vivacious actress of two decades, Vivica A. Fox is once again back on television in a dual capacity.
Co-starring in The CW’s Mr. Box Office and hosting Lifetime’s reality program Prank My Mom, Fox says life is, “busy as what it can be to very honest with you,” considering herself to be, “just so blessed to have two shows on the air at the same time right now.”
Slated for 104 episodes, Fox is appreciative of the two-show-a-week work schedule which allows her, “to hit it and quit it,” crediting Tyler Perry with the, “new way of getting shows knocked out and done,” avoiding the usual entanglement of filming a show for, “nine months out of the year.”
Executive produced by Byron Allen, airing Saturday nights on The CW Network, Mr. Box Office features an "all-star cast" including Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows, Ric Fox, Essence Atkins, Alex Thomas and Gary Busey headlined by Bill Bellamy portraying a top movie star court sentenced to community service.
“Yeah, I play the sexy cougar teacher who’s always in heat over Bill Bellamy,” jokes Fox adding of her 2006 Getting Played castmate, “It was a wonderful chance for us to reunite and work together again … it’s good to see him back, because for a minute there I kind of missed him!”
As Fox describes it, “Bill Bellamy plays a ‘Will Smith’ type of character where he is Mr. Box Office but he punches out paparazzi and he community service is that he has to go to a school and become a teacher because he did major in education when he was in college,” a fact Fox explains, “a lot of people didn’t know about Mr. Box Office.”
And people still don’t know if a second, on-screen reunion with the real Mr. Box Office, actor Will Smith, is in Fox’s future as talks have once again garnered momentum for filming the sequel to the $817 million to-date grossing blockbuster Independence Day movie which catapulted Fox to stardom.
Originally released in 1996, producer Roland Emmerich and director Dean Devlin are said to now be in the early writing stages of what would amount to a franchise trilogy as discussions have led to the development of two new scripts tentatively titled ID Forever Part One and ID Forever Part Two.
Presumed to be aiming to maintain the original cast, the film is believed to resume and advance the story lines of its characters to present day. Hence, in a purely speculative plot suggestion by The Fast Life’s Chris LaMonica, Fox’s character, Jasmine Dubrow, who was last engaged to be married on-screen to Captain Steven Hiller (Smith), would now find herself the First Lady married to President Hiller in 2012 seeking re-election for a second term.
“Absolutely! Oh my God, I love this idea!” exclaims Fox who ironically, or perhaps divinely or fortuitously will be in attendance at Will Smith’s fund raising luncheon for President Barack Obama tomorrow Oct. 25. “When I see him, without a doubt, on Thursday, I’m going to be like, ‘Will. Boom! I got the sequel, I got the sequel!’ said an agreeably excited Fox.
So what could ultimately define itself as case of life imitating art, Fox herself is very involved and politically active in the 2012 re-election campaign for President Barack Obama. “I’ve been a huge supporter of the Democratic Party from Bill Clinton to Al Gore; as long as I’ve been able to vote, I’ve been a staunch Democrat,” revealed Fox in explaining her recent criticism of actress Stacey Dash decision to support Republican nominee Governor Mitt Romney’s candidacy for the Presidency in reversal of her 2008 support for then Democratie nominee Senator Obama.
“I believe this way. Everyone is entitled to their o-pin-ion,” stated Fox, but nevertheless, finding the “flip-flop” to be “disappointing,” queries Dash’s recent aggressive thrust of support for Romney including, “the photo shoot with the red swimsuit and the balloon and ‘Dash for America’,” as, “looking for attention?”
As far as she is concerned, Fox does not find Romney to hold any concern for women and minorities labeling him, “out of touch with most Americans,” and simultaneously all the more fueling Fox’s belief, “that we have to make sure that we get out and vote; that we stand strong behind Obama … [after] inheriting the worst economy ever, that he needs another four years to finish the job.”
And Fox, like her President, also finds passion in another “contact sport” aside from politics, as the avid sports aficionado and Indianapolis native now reveals herself to be a Denver Broncos fan. “Oh yeah, I got Peyton Manning going through the blood right now,” said Fox explaining herself to be, “a little disappointed in the way that the Colts ‘did’ her Peyton Manning … because the guy took your team from the bottom of the gutter.”
However, there has been no seismic shift in the Juwanna Mann actresses’ support for her Los Angeles Lakers has she appreciates GM Mitch Kupchak’s assembling of veteran talent around Kobe Bryant. “Let me tell you, we got such depth right now,” rejoiced Fox adding in reference to new acquisition center Dwight Howard, ” … they have been waiting for a strong center like we’re going to have with Dwight Howard to finally come back … we already did Superman I with Shaq Daddy, but now we got Superman II in the building!”
A little closer to home, her WNBA Indiana Fever let by Tamika Catchings just celebrated the franchise’s first league title. “First of all, let me just say that girl has the best arms on the planet ... she’s just ripped,” shouted Fox very pleased to see, “that my girl got it!” as the Fever defeated the Minnesota Lynx preventing Maya Moore from coming in “and [taking] over from the girls that’s been there for a while … she’s got to earn her dues.”
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