Tiffany Haddish Reveals Incredible Year-Long Body Transformation Into “Athlete” For Flo Jo Biopic
ACTRESS Tiffany Haddish has opened up about how she transformed her athletic body for her biopic Florence Griffith Joyner – and is ready to show off her sprinting skills in public.
The award-winning actress and comedian even bragged about being “fast enough to smoke your ass” during a spirited red carpet interview.
Haddish, 43, spoke exclusively on camera about her efforts during more than a year of training as the late, iconic Olympian in an upcoming film about her life.
The actress said creating a super strong Flo Jo-like sprinter body means “planning” her Hollywood career around sleep.
Haddish bragged, “I was an athlete in high school and I’m an athlete right now.
“How fast am I running?”
“Fast enough to smoke your ass on the fucking beach in the dry sand. Don’t play with me. I’ll get you!”
“You could be my bunny.”
When asked how she balances her acting career with training to look like Flo Jo in her prime, she revealed, “It’s called planning, planning, planning everything.
“I schedule sleep, meals and rehearsals.
“So when it comes to that, it’s all about timing and discipline.”
Haddish is confident of pulling off a momentous performance, given that Hollywood has been focused on making plenty of biopics over the past two decades.
“Let me tell you something, I have a cultural impact.
“So I’m not afraid to play someone who is. The thing that worries me the most is my physical body. Can I take that body to that limit?
“And I think I’ve done a really good job over the last year.
“I learned everything I need to know about this woman and I continue to learn more.
“I know I will be able to deliver this character with grace, with tact and courage and success in abundance for his legacy and all associated legacies.”
Haddish also talked about maintaining her energy and positive career and life outlook by being proud of her success.
The South-Central Los Angeles-born star spoke of her “confident and happy exterior” in promoting roles and Hollywood.
“I would say the key to that is remembering where I came from.
“Where I’m from, people like me don’t end up in places like this.
Being here is an honor and a privilege.
“The little girl in me is so happy. We’ve worked so hard for so long.
“And when I say little girl, I’m not pregnant. The inner child. To be invited to this and invited to honor the writers, I can’t explain how huge that is.
“Because without these writers, I’m not able to do what I do, which is to improve their writing.”
Haddish showed off her athletic figure in a sparkling red dress on the Writers Guild Awards West red carpet before presenting an award at the star-studded event.
Haddish also made headlines, as she was seen posing and cuddling with manager George Freeman.
Griffith Joyner set several records at the 1988 Olympics; she died a decade later at age 38 from an epileptic seizure.
Haddish spoke at the 2023 WGAW Awards Ceremony hosted by comedian-writer-producer Janelle James (Abbott Elementary, Central Park).
The WGAW presented several special honorary awards for achievement and service at its West Coast ceremony: Breakthrough screenwriter-director Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation) received the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the WGAW, presented to Kaufman by Oscar-nominated actress Jessie. Buckley (Women Talking, I’m Thinking of Ending).
Legendary TV presenter Yvette Lee Bowser (Living Single, A Different World) has received WGAW’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement presented by NAACP Image Award-nominated actress Erika Alexander (Living Single, Black Lightning).
And acclaimed playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Colette, She Said) received WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award for the film She Said (Screenplay by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, based on the New York Times investigation of Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Rebecca Corbett and the book She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey) presented by actress and activist Sarah Ann Masse (She Said).
The Selvin Prize is awarded to the screenplay that best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and freedoms essential to the survival of free writers everywhere.
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