Halle Berry was determined to make mental illness movie

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A non-stop action film starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie & Morgan Freeman. Wesley Gibson (McAvoy) is a mild-mannered Chicago office worker until he meets Fox (Jolie), who reveals to him that he's a member of an ancient secret organization called the Fraternity, which kills bad people. Upon learning from Fox that his estranged father has been murdered, Wesley completes training and becomes an avenging assassin.
November 19th, 2010

Halle Berry was determined to get new film 'Frankie & Alice' on the big screen.

The Oscar-winning actress - who plays a woman with multiple personalities in the true story - admitted despite the movie taking 12 years to come to fruition, she wanted to encourage people to have compassion for those suffering from mental illnesses.

She explained: "If I get my mind set on something, I'm pretty relentless. It's hard for me to get unstuck once I'm stuck. And I just believed in the story.

"I believed in the triumph of this woman and I thought that if in some way it could shed light on the stigma of mental illness it would be a good thing for people to have a little bit more compassion for people who suffer.

"The minute I heard this woman's story, I was intrigued by it and I was determined to get it to the screen."

The 'Monster's Ball' star - who has a two-year-old daughter Nahla with her ex-boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubry - admitted having a young child while the filming was taking place made a nice difference from playing such a "heavy character".

Halle added to America's OK! magazine: "It's nice playing a heavy character like this and then going back to real life and just having a newborn baby and all the wonders that new motherhood brings."