Many in the African-American community were critical of Berry for taking the part.
In addition to her Academy Award win, Berry garnered high-profile roles in the 2000s such as Storm in the X-Men film series (beginning in 2000), the action crime thriller Swordfish (2001), and the spy film Die Another Day (2002), where she played Bond Girl Jinx.She starred in the psychological thriller Gothika opposite Robert Downey, Jr.in November 2003, during which she broke her arm in a scene with Downey, who twisted her arm too hard. Berry appeared in the nu metal band Limp Bizkit's music video for "Behind Blue Eyes" for the motion picture soundtrack for the film.In the Miss USA 1986 pageant interview competition, she said she hoped to become an entertainer or to have something to do with the media.Her interview was awarded the highest score by the judges.
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Berry tackled a more serious role, playing a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah (1995), starring opposite Jessica Lange.She portrayed Sandra Beecher in Race the Sun (1996), which was based on a true story, shot in Australia, and co-starred alongside Kurt Russell in Executive Decision.In 2001, Berry appeared in the film Swordfish, which featured her first topless scene. She appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the troubled wife of an executed murderer (Sean Combs), in the 2001 feature film Monster's Ball.In the 1999 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, and it was to Berry a heart-felt project that she introduced, co-produced and fought intensely for it to come through.
Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000) and its sequels, X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
Beginning in 1996, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004.
She starred alongside Natalie Deselle Reid in the 1997 comedy film B*A*P*S.
Berry was formerly married to baseball player David Justice, and singer-songwriter Eric Benét.
She has a daughter by model Gabriel Aubry, and a son by actor Olivier Martinez.