Angela Bassett is reminding the world that love has everything to do with it.
The two-time Oscar nominee, who earned her first Oscar nomination for playing Tina Turner in the biopic ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It,’ detailed the rock icon Turner’s last words to her said during the 1993 film. Laurence Fishburne played Turner’s ex-husband and collaborator, Ike Turner.
The “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” singer died on May 24 at the age of 83 after suffering from a long illness.
“How do we say goodbye to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world?” Bassett said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “Through her courage to tell her story, her commitment to staying the course in her life no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve a space in rock and roll for herself and others who are like her, Tina Turner showed others that they lived in fear of what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like.
Bassett continued, “His last words to me – to me – were, ‘You never imitated me. Instead, you went deep into your soul, found your inner Tina and showed it to the world.’ I will keep these words close to my heart for the rest of my days. I am honored to have met Tina Turner. I am honored to have helped show it to the world.
The “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star added, “So today, as we mourn the loss of this iconic voice and presence, she has given us more than we could ever ask for. She gave us all of herself. And Tina Turner is a gift that will always be ‘simply the best’. Angels, she sings your rest … Queen.
Turner has won eight Grammy Awards during his career spanning more than half a century.
Bassett previously recalled the physical and emotional cost of turning into Turner for the biopic.
“We’d do scenes over and over and over again,” Bassett said in 2022 of singing in character. “Those concert scenes, you literally feel like you have a sweater down your throat after you play, and we’d do it (again) top to bottom.”
The film captured the years of physical abuse Ike inflicted on Tina; both Bassett and Fishburne received Academy Award nominations for their performances.