Katherine Johnson (b.
1918) is a physicist and mathematician who has made crucial contributions to
several NASA missions, assuring their success with her highly accurate
calculations. She worked with NASA for several decades, and helped advance the
rights of both African-Americans and women.
She initially worked as a human computer, and later as an
aerospace technologist. She calculated trajectories for missions such as the
1961 Mercury mission or the 1969 Apollo 11 flight. She was portrayed by Taraji
P. Henson in the 2016 film Hidden Figures.
When she passed away, we were pretty deep into postproduction. When we came back to the edit room after New Year’s, it was so hard. We went through all her scenes. I felt very strongly that we don’t try to change her performance. We don’t adjust what happens to her in this movie. Emotionally, you can’t help recontextualize it, now that she’s gone. It’s almost eerie how there are scenes that have an emotional resonance and a meaning, especially now. She gives a beautiful and complete performance in this film.
I feel like it’s not acknowledged or appreciated nearly enough that Hellboy is a book about a demon summoned to Earth by a mad Russian scientist using Nazi super tech in order to win World War 2 and bring about the apocalypse and instead of being a grimdark edgefest, Hellboy is just a big kid who really likes pancakes and his favorite superhero is an idiot named Lobster Johnson and one of his best friends was a homonculus who couldn’t wear pants.