Angela Bassett on the success of 'Black Panther' and the #MeToo movement

The "What's Love Got to Do with It" star spoke to "Nightline" about playing the head of the CIA in the next "Mission Impossible" film.
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Transcript for Angela Bassett on the success of 'Black Panther' and the #MeToo movement
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