Friday, April 28, 2006

FEMA’s Katrina Debacle Helps Actress Put Role In Perspective

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency was panned by critics for its handling of Hurricane Katrina, but it’s inspired actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon to give a great performance.

The former NYPD Blue cast member plays a FEMA administrator in 10.5: Apocalypse, an upcoming disaster movie, and she admits she was inspired by the real-life events in the aftermath of Katrina.

As she puts it: “My character didn’t do a good job on a prior case but there are some situations where you have to step it up.”

Beauvais-Nilon figures a lot of real-life FEMA employees feel the same way, so it was easy for to translate those emotions to the 10.5 role – even though the New Orleans disaster is never mentioned.

10.5: Apocalypse, which also stars Dean Cain, airs May 21 and May 23 on NBC.

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