Astronaut and politician John Glenn, who passed away at the age of 95 earlier this month, is depicted in Taraji P. Henson‘s upcoming film Hidden Figures.
The flick, which hits select theaters on Christmas Day and opens nationwide on January 6, focuses on the John‘s historic 1962 orbit of the earth and the three African-American women who played a key role during the process.
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Taraji along with her co-star Janelle Monae recently shared some sweet words about him while promoting the film: “When he decided to shake the colored computers’ hands, he told them their lives matter. And in turn, Katherine Johnson (Taraji) told him his life mattered as she made it a point to get those numbers right, so he could come back home and see his family,” Taraji expressed. “So that’s what it’s all about. It’s about pushing, putting our differences aside, and getting to a common goal. And that’s moving humanity forward.”
“He’s a hero. John Glenn was always on the right side of history,” Janelle added. “During a time when these women, because of their gender and the color of their skin, were often times treated like second-class citizens, he extended his hand out, and he trusted women, and women of color, with his life.”
Pictured: Taraji, Janelle and Octavia Spencer hitting the red carpet at their special screening of Hidden Figures with co-star Kevin Costner and soundtrack producer Pharrell Williams held at the National Museum of African American History & Culture on Wednesday (December 14) in Washington, DC.
FYI: Kevin is wearing Aquatalia shoes.