Black Entertainment : Hudson to play Winnie Mandela amid legal threats

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CANNES, France (Reuters) - Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is to star in a biopic of former South African President Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie, whose lawyers have already contacted the film makers threatening to block it.

"Winnie," which also features Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela and is based on a book by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob, starts shooting in South Africa on May 31 and could be ready for theatres by spring next year.

Producer Andre Pieterse said Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had asked to see and approve the script before the picture went ahead, but that its backers had refused.

"A lawyer's letter came some weeks ago," Pieterse told reporters at the Cannes film festival, where Hudson and Howard appeared to promote the production.

"It was a benign letter and yet it contained the threat of an indictment, an interdict that could stop the picture.

"She (Madikizela-Mandela) ... would like to see the script and approve. (But) the film will be made based on a screenplay that was well researched and without any interference.

"If the film maligns her in any way then there will be legal basis for her to take action."


http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies...lay-winnie-mandela-amid-legal-threats-reuters
 

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I have mixed feelings about this one. First, I can completely understand why the South Africans would be upset; Winnie Mandela is an important figure---a living, cultural legend in her own right, so to have someone outside the culture attempting to interpret her story is the not best of choices (But then, again, look who's apparently behind the film.). Personally, the last thing I want to hear are fake-*** accents rolling out of the mouths of Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard (who, to me, is an even more ridiculous choice for Nelson than Hudson is for Winnie). I'd like the benefit of hearing a GENUINE accent and seeing someone inside the culture playing the role. On the other hand, it is still very irritating that we are still so heavily ethnocentric, that there is a refusal to honor our racial connections. Maybe Hudson will surprise us and do justice to the role and blast the notion that Black people can't play Black people---culture aside. Let's see how this one pans out.
 

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I have mixed feelings about this one. First, I can completely understand why the South Africans would be upset; Winnie Mandela is an important figure---a living, cultural legend in her own right, so to have someone outside the culture attempting to interpret her story is the not best of choices (But then, again, look who's apparently behind the film.). Personally, the last thing I want to hear are fake-*** accents rolling out of the mouths of Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard (who, to me, is an even more ridiculous choice for Nelson than Hudson is for Winnie). I'd like the benefit of hearing a GENUINE accent and seeing someone inside the culture playing the role. On the other hand, it is still very irritating that we are still so heavily ethnocentric, that there is a refusal to honor our racial connections. Maybe Hudson will surprise us and do justice to the role and blast the notion that Black people can't play Black people---culture aside. Let's see how this one pans out.

I don't even think Winnie is concerned about the nationality of the actress, It's more to do with the fact they (the director, producer, Hudson) have not spoken to her personally..i mean Jennifer should know better, at least pick up the phone and speak to the lady, or better yet a chance to go to South Africa...the issue stinks of typical Hollywood arrogance and i will not support the movie.

So is Terrence Howard gonna play Mandela?..lol.
 

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Pardon me, but I do believe an issue has been made of her nationality, and since I've not seen any evidence that Jennifer Hudson is exactly motivated by 'the revolution', is it shocking that she would not have, to much public awareness at least, spoken to her? My point is that we need, as BLACK people, to find some kind of balance in our cultural-racial communications with each other.





I don't even think Winnie is concerned about the nationality of the actress, It's more to do with the fact they (the director, producer, Hudson) have not spoken to her personally..i mean Jennifer should know better, at least pick up the phone and speak to the lady, or better yet a chance to go to South Africa...the issue stinks of typical Hollywood arrogance and i will not support the movie.

So is Terrence Howard gonna play Mandela?..lol.
 

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