Well, well, well… whadaya know?
Her upcoming new book titled, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, won’t be released until January 10th, 2012, however, the inimitable Michael Musto, columnist for The Village Voice, who has apparently already read, or is currently reading the book (likely for review purposes, ahead of its general release date), writes on The Village Voice’s website today that, in her book, Jennifer Hudson reveals that she was offered the lead role in Lee Daniels’ Precious (the part that would eventually go to Gabourey Sidibe, launching her career), but turned it down!
Around that time J-Hud would have just been settling down from the high she must have been on after winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Dreamgirls during the 2007 ceremony (Precious was released in 2009, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival that year, meaning, it was shot in 2008.
So, why did she turn down a role that very well may have givenm her at least another Oscar nomination?
Well… as Musto states, after Dreamgirls, she lost a lot of weight, and, given that she’d have had to gain it all back to play Precious, was a turnoff for her.
“I had done that with Effie… and as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight,” she reportedly says in the book. She instead went on to co-star in the first Sex And The City movie.
So, wow… I’m sitting typing this, trying to imagine J-Hud as Precious and can’t immediately see it. Maybe because Gabourey did a good job with the role, disappearing into it really, I can’t get her image out of my head to replace with another. Plus, it’s been awhile it seems since J-Hud was on the *heavy* side; today we see her in form-fitting dressing, clinging to her svelte shape – also images I’m having difficulty replacing with the J-Hud of old, because I guess I’ve gotten so used to seeing her in her current form.
But I dunno… I’d like to think she could’ve pulled it off. But, in my mind right now, Gabourey is/was Precious.
Lee Daniels must have offered her the part soon after she’d won the Oscar, hoping to capitalize on her then newfound notoriety.
No matter now anyway, because she did turn it down, and wisely some will probably say. And all we can do now is imagine if her acting career path may have taken a completely different turn right now, and we wouldn’t be seeing her in The Three Stooges; or maybe not. Maybe it wouldn’t have made a single bit of difference.
We’ll never know…