Actress Angela Bassett's role in new action thriller Olympus Has Fallen was originally written for a man.

The Malcolm X star portrays Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs in the movie, about a fictional terrorist kidnapping of the U.S. president, and she reveals she would never have landed the job had director Antoine Fuqua not decided to go against the screenwriter's original suggestion to keep in line with the law enforcement agency's history of male bosses.

She says, "There's never been a female director of the Secret Service, ever. It's only a matter of time, so it was a wonderful casting decision that our director Antoine Fuqua made."