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Jennifer Hudson On Challenges of Playing Aretha Franklin

LEGENDS & ICONS OF MUSIC - Kevin Douglas Article

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Jennifer Hudson speaks on winning an Academy Award and compares it to being asked by the “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin to play her in a biopic.

It was fifteen years ago according to Jennifer Hudson that she approached about portraying Aretha Franklin from the icon herself. Earlier this year, we got to see “Genius” by National Geographic that gave a mini series on the life and times of the Detroit singer.

However, the film starring Jennifer Hudson, was backed by the singer herself and now we will get to see in theaters what the vision was for her biopic. Hudson had admitted that she regrets finding out why Aretha was adamant about her playing the part. In her media run to promote the movie, Jennifer Hudson sits down with  WGN News and Fox Soul to provide insight into the film along with her mindset during production.



Throughout the movie viewers will get to see the trial and tribulations of Franklin and Hudson’s friendship with the star made things difficult to act out some of the parts. Hudson admits that Aretha having confidence in her skills gave her the positive attitude to continue the film with passion.

It was something that Hudson believed needed all of her attention due to the respect Aretha Franklin still demands in the entertainment despite being gone a few years. Check out the interview below.

The film will be out in theaters on Friday August 13th. The movie also includes actor/comedian Marlon Wayans as Ted White (husband of Franklin) and Forest Whitaker in the role of Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin. The “Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul” also makes an appearance in the film as we see Yonkers own Mary J. Blige as the incomparable Dinah Washington.

The official synopsis reads: “Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of Franklin’s journey to find her voice.”