I'm all for self-esteem, but sometimes people get beside themselves. I know I'm supposed to respect my elders, but I think someone should sit Aretha Franklin down and give her some perspective. In an interview with People
, the Queen of Soul discussed among many things, her upcoming made-for-television film based on her autobiography, From These Roots
Who'll play you?
I'm not sure yet. Jennifer Hudson came to read for me. I also have an interest in Halle Berry possibly doing it. And Fantasia.
Halle Berry? Really, Aretha? Do you honestly think Halle Berry looks like you?
I know, I know. She's a diva. It's her world and I'm just waiting for her to sing in it. But Halle Berry? Anyone that's spent time in interviews discussing their love for pig's feet knows Halle Berry can't play them. C'mon nah.
I can see Halle playing the right side of her, but who's going to play the rest?
"Call Me" is one of my all-time favorite songs, particularly the live version that I'm still grateful that my great friend bought for me, but I don't love it enough to forget that Jabba The Hut is more fit to portray Aretha than Halle Berry. Yogi Bear even.
And before anyone gets on me, yes I realize Aretha used to be a lot slimmer, but there aren't enough cheese biscuits from Red Lobster in the world to bribe me into believing that Halle Berry should play Aretha Franklin. That would be lying and lying is wrong.
Besides, I don't think Halle would do the role any justice. Try a newcomer. Let someone new get a chance to shine, Re-Re.
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