Secret service switch
ACTRESS Angela Bassett’s role in new action thriller Olympus Has Fallen was originally written for a man. The Malcolm X star portrays Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs in the movie, about a fictional terrorist kidnapping of the US president. Bassett says she would never have landed the job had director Antoine Fuqua not decided to go against the screenwriter’s original suggestion to keep in line with the law enforcement agency’s history of male bosses. ‘‘There’s never been a female director of the Secret Service, ever,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s only a matter of time, so it was a wonderful casting decision that our director Antoine Fuqua made.’’
Olympus Has Fallen opens on April 18.