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Entertainment How Whoopi Goldberg Updated Mother Abigail for 2020's 'The Stand': 'She Couldn't Be the Magic Negro' (Video)

23:25  09 october  2020
23:25  09 october  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

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Whoopi Goldberg made updated her 108-year-old character in " The Stand ," saying she had to be more reflective of the times. How Whoopi Goldberg Updated Mother Abigail for 2020 ’ s ‘ The Stand ': ‘ She Couldn ’ t Be the Magic Negro ’ ( Video ). “That was fine 40 years ago, but she had to be

Whoopi Goldberg made some modern updates to her 108-year-old character Mother Abigail in CBS All Access’ s “ She couldn ’ t be the magic Negro ,” Goldberg said in Friday’ s virtual New York Comic-Con Watch the full video of the panel above. Read original story How Whoopi Goldberg Updated

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Whoopi Goldberg made some modern updates to her 108-year-old character Mother Abigail in CBS All Access's limited series "The Stand," saying she has made her more reflective of the times in which we now live.

"She couldn't be the magic Negro," Goldberg said in Friday's virtual New York Comic-Con panel for "The Stand," the upcoming adaptation based on Stephen King's novel of the same name originally published in 1978.

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The trailer introduces Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail, a 108-year old prophet who receives visions from God and guides survivors of a plague that has decimated the How Whoopi Goldberg Updated Mother Abigail for 2020 ’ s ‘ The Stand ': ‘ She Couldn ’ t Be the Magic Negro ’ ( Video ).

" Mother Abagail" Freemantle lived in Hemingford Home, Nebraska . She is one of the main characters from The Stand . In the 1994 TV miniseries , she is played by Ruby Dee . In the 2020 mini-series the character is played by Whoopi Goldberg . Abagail' s parents, John and Rebecca, were freed slaves.

"That was fine 40 years ago, but she had to be a real person. She had to be much — you had to be able to feel her, you had to know her. You had to understand where she was coming from, why she made the choices she made. How she thought she was supposed to do things," she explained.

"I needed her not to be the little old Black lady who has all the information. She doesn't. She's hopeful that she's right, but she's not positive. She's told everybody where to come, how to meet her — but now what? And then God stops communicating. It becomes this whole other conversation in her head. But her exterior is, 'Listen, I got this. Trust me.'"

Mother Abigail's advanced age and what era she would have come from in King's novel wasn't on her mind while making the series, Goldberg noted.

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How Whoopi Goldberg Updated Mother Abigail for 2020 ’ s ‘ The Stand ': ‘ She Couldn ’ t Be the Magic Negro ’ ( Video ). ‘ The Stand ’ trailer unveiled at Comic Con: Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgard face off in battle of good vs. evil [Watch].

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"We're not in the '70s. The world of Mother Abigail in the '70s minus the 100 [years] would be very different, I think, than now," she said. "So what Mother Abigail recognizes is that change comes all the time; it's a constant. It's the one thing that you always know is going to be there. So when she is sort of awakened in her divineness, when it comes, she's like, 'OK, this is what I'm supposed to do. And then she forgets she's not God; she's the messenger."

That said, Goldberg is clear on the significance of power in the story and the effect it can have.

"It's something that happens to people. Power can sometimes make your mind think that you're in charge, and that's kind of the thing she has to figure out. 'How do I do this and not make it about me leading the people, but make it about me, through God, leading the people where they need to go?'"

Speaking about the show's central villain, Randall Flagg, A.K.A. The Dark Man, played by Alexander Skarsgård, Goldberg added, "That's very different from the person she's going up against, because he does think he's God."

Watch the full video of the panel above.

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