Tiffany Haddish prepares for a role in her life by playing iconic rail star and Olympic gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner (“Flo-Jo”) in an upcoming biopic.
In an interview with PEOPLE, Haddish reveals that she worked hard to capture Joyner’s incredible figure.
“It’s going to be huge – and my legs are going to be great! Florence Griffith Joyner was a great person and the more I learn about her, the more I think ‘wow’! “
Haddish, who lost 50 pounds. During the quarantine she also said, “First of all, it feels good to be able to wear a two-piece suit and not feel like, ‘Oh, I have to put on a full sarong and a very big cover-up, overall situation. It feels good to be free and the most important thing about the whole transformation is that my knees feel happy. And when my legs are happy, Tiffany is happy. “
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Haddish also revealed that she looks good in Joyner’s iconic outfits and style: “I’ve tried on some of the outfits and must say I look damn good in them. I had the long nails in the summer. We don’t have long nails at the moment because I type a lot; I am about to write my next book. So we need our fingertips so we can move quickly around the keyboard, but the nails will be back sooner or later. “
Deadline reports that Haddish will star in the upcoming Flo-Jo biopic that explores the powerful life and premature death of the Olympian. Al Joyner, Flo-Jo’s widower and former coach, will also act as producer and creative consultant for the film.
An elite athlete in the 1980s, Flo-Jo was voted the fastest woman in the world after setting sprint records over 100m and 200m at the 1988 Summer Olympics. After retiring from the sport a year after her record-breaking victories, Flo-Jo died of an epileptic fit in 1998 at the age of only 38.
A release date for the biopic is currently not known.