Aretha Franklin Still Wants Halle Berry to Portray Her in Biopic
Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:56:17
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Soul legend Aretha Franklin still wants Halle Berry to consider portraying her in a biopic even though the actress has turned down the role because she can't sing! Can't sing? Who cares, Halle. You can lip sync. That's why it's called acting!
Franklin told our pals at Billboard.com that she is still looking a bevy of actresses who she'd like to cast as the film's leading lady. She says that singing ability is low priority, since she is providing the soundtrack.
Franklin contends that Berry remains her first choice, saying, "I told her, 'No one ever expected you to sing, Halle. I never thought of you as a singer.' A lot of movies come out where it's the original artist and their songs are lip-synched to. That is how it would turn out if it's Halle. If not, if for instance it's Jennifer Hudson, she might sing one or two, but the rest would still be my original records. We're definitely going to use the original records. I may re-record some things, too."
Rumors abound that Taylor Hackford may direct. He lensed the Ray Charles biopic Ray. 'Retha said, "I don't want to use his (director's) name until it's on the dotted line (but) I can tell you that he's had several blockbusters in the last five to 10 years. Go back to the movie Ray." What a hint, Aretha!
She also talked about the film's timeline, as it will trace her "advent from Detroit to New York as a young, aspiring singer… It's going to be pretty straight-up."
Who do you think should play Aretha Franklin? Will Halle Berry cave and do it?