Halle Berry says 'The Flintstones' is a 'big step' for black women

Halle Berry is reflecting on one of her earliest film roles. On May 27, the actor celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of 1994's The Flintstones , noting how significant her role in the live-action adaptation was for black women in Hollywood.

"Being a black woman in 'Bedrock' may seem like a small thing, but you know, 'The Flintstones' is the foundation of our culture," Berry said in a video on Instagram, during which she Watched excerpts from this film for the first time in twenty years. "I know this is a big step forward for black people, especially black women."

The Oscar winner added that while the film was "over the top and contrived," she realized "how important this little part actually was in this big movie."

This 1994 comedy, based on the original comic from the 1960s, tells the story of two families in the prehistoric town of Flintstones and Rubbles. Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, it became a hit with audiences, grossing over $340 million at the global box office.

Berry plays charming secretary Sharon Stone in the film, alongside John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins, Rosie O'Donnell and Kyle MacLachlan, among others Play a rival role. The late Elizabeth Taylor played Fred's mother-in-law, Pearl Slughoople, in "The Flintstones ," her final film role.

Halle Berry plays Sharon Stone in "The Flintstones." "The Flintstones"/Universal Pictures

According to reports, the real Sharon Stone was originally slated to play the role of Berry, but dropped out of the film due to scheduling issues.

This isn't the first time Berry has looked back on her role in The Flintstones . In 2022, the actor paid tribute to her character "Miss Stone" on X (formerly Twitter), calling her "the blueprint."

"Everyone was like, 'Oh, why would you want to make a movie based on a cartoon?'" she wrote at the time. “After 28 years, it’s so gratifying to wear brown and see this character become so beloved and resonate with so many of you.”