ByDaniel Pearson, writer at

Although the talented Halle Berry is still around making movies and TV shows, I have to admit to being a little confused as to why she has slipped off the radar somewhat, especially amongst the bigger productions.

We know she's an incredibly good actor, we know she's gorgeous, so why hasn't she landed a real big role since she was the Bond girl in Die Another Day way back in 2002?

It's mystifying.

Just the year before Die Another Day was released, she became the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball.

But since then, slowly but surely, Halle has retreated from our screens. While I don't want to take anything away from the projects she embarked on next - which I'll detail in a moment - I can't have been the only one expecting Berry to become a true star. She could've been the actress of our generation.

Shortly after Monster's Ball, she made an immediate return to the X-Men franchise, in which she'd previously starred as Storm, for X2: X-Men United.

Following that she made two career choices she may now rue.

Firstly she starred in Gothika, a tepid supernatural thriller that was a flop with critics and at the box office, and Catwoman, the Batman spin-off which left a bitter taste in the mouth.

Nowadays, Berry stars on the TV show Extant, a moody sci-fi drama which seems pretty good but has yet to pull up any trees.

So why did this actress, who did so much to smash the "glass ceiling" for women, and in particular African-American women, not go on to bigger and better things?

It's a very tricky question to which there are no easy answers, but there are two very obvious factors: she’s a woman, and she’s African-American. It's undeniable that the secret hand of Hollywood guides all manner of different decisions, but it's also very difficult to prove.

News broke last week that Berry will star in action/comedy Mother, which is set for release later this year.

Perhaps this will be the start of her comeback. We all know she's talented enough to do it. Come on, Halle!


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