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56 DANNY GLOVER rule would be overthrown in South Africa within 20 years. He urged the United States to clearly state that it would not aid the white government when the racial explosion occurred. In 1984, after Pope John Paul II met with South African prime minister Pieter W. Botha, the Vatican publicly condemned racial segregation in that nation. It said that the Roman Catholic Church considered apartheid contrary to Christian principles. Meanwhile an international cultural and economic boycott of South Africa began to gather momentum.
He learned the true meaning of acting when he joined a community theater group headed by actor Mel Stewart. “Mel showed us there was more to acting than going on stage and making faces,” Danny explained. “He 29 30 DANNY GLOVER worked with us on improvisation and offered lessons in akido [a form of Japanese martial arts] to improve our concentration. Still, it was just a community activity. I was planning to pursue acting about as much as I was planning to send my resume to IBM. Hey, I was into changing society.
Breathe realism into every fiber of the character of Moses. When handling the mule and fighting to bring in the cotton crop, Danny wanted his grandfather to see him doing it right. His grandparents got a look at the final product after Danny bought them a tape and VCR. His mother did not survive to see Danny’s movie career take flight, however. In 1983, only days before filming began for Places in the Heart, she died in a tragic automobile accident. But her spirit remained with him throughout the production.