It’s hard to picture anyone but Gabourey Sidibe playing the acclaimed role of “Precious” in Lee Daniels’ film, but in her new book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, Jennifer Hudson reveals that she was offered the lead role but turned it down.
J Hud says the opportunity came along right after her role in “Dreamgirls,” when she had first lost weight and she knew she’d have to gain it all back to play the part. She also didn’t want to be type-cast.
She writes, “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.”
That obviously won’t be an issue anymore with Jennifer’s new slim figure, but even at her previous size, it’s hard to imagine her as Precious.
Can you picture Jennifer Hudson in the role of Precious? Do you think turning down the part was a good career move?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.