Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Dreamgirls”

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October 15, 2012 ‐ By

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You know when it comes to seeing black faces in the [mainstream] arts, particularly on Broadway and on the big screen, opportunities are few and far between. And when we have a piece of work that is impeccably done, like the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, you don’t want to ruin the classic by making a terrible remake. Which is why it took a very long time to get Dreamgirls into the theaters. But it finally happened. See how it went down.

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  • Deirdre Oliver

    What’s up with a link to check out the secrets behind these movies you are posting. Don’t see any. You say check it out but every time I click on one it doesn’t show anything but what is under the picture………….

  • curlyBoo

    Whitney would have played a PERFECT Deena!!! Beyonce’s needs acting lessons-but she did SLAY listen!!!!

    • Teej

      Whitney would have SUNG a perfect Deena, but Whitney was not a good actress.. (I’m not saying Beyonce is a good actress either though…) I thought ‘Listen’, was oddly placed in the movie, and now I understand why… :-)

  • LaBiss

    The best thing about this movie in my opinion is the staging; the special effects at the “reunion” scene were spectacular, and of course the singing and choreography. The exec producers/producer did a great job with what they brought to the table, esp. with J Hud.

  • jeighjoans

    I saw the original play in ’83 at the Paramount Theater in Oakland.. it was fantastic.. and I saw this movie in a crowded San Francisco Theater.. it was also fantastic.. the remarkable thing was that the movie had a live feeling just like a play. People were applauding after each performance like it was a live show. It was great.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NMJYFT6OYFTITFMJ2WJVBV2FAA Rehana

    I don’t think I could’ve seen anyone else besides J. Hud play Effie, and
    I love me some Kelly Price, child! But when Jennifer sang “And I Am
    Telling You”, BABBBBBBBYYYY!!!!! I
    am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I
    joined —blackwhitePlanet.С0M—–it’s where to- connect with
    beautiful and excellent people!
    I didn’t like Jamie Foxx as Curtis and always thought Terrence Howard would have killed that role.

    I saw the movie twice and both times there was applause after
    Jennifer’s AIATY. Never experienced that in a movie theater before or
    since.

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  • dang

    Whitney would’ve SLAYED the part Deena! She would’ve brought the attitude and stronger vocals that bey doesn’t have(no shade) I was actually able to see the Broadway show and deena was a beast. Just imagine the scene where they all gang up on Effie, now put Whitney in with the “Waiting to exhale” attitude. I’m a fan of Beyonce as a performer( she does the dang thing) but her acting is weak.(emotionless, forced, peicey)

    • Teej

      NOOOOO Whitney was a terrible actor… AND a terrible dancer.. (Remember how in ‘Waiting to Exhale” how they put her in the BACK when they danced…)

      She’d have sung it beautifully, of course, but she could NOT act, unless it’s as herself.

      No disrespect, Whitney RIP

  • UghReallyTho

    Why am I not surprised about what Beyonce did to be in the movie. She is SOOOO thirsty for attention and it’s sad. She’s the most thirsty artist ever

    • Teej

      What do you mean, “What Beyonce did…? LOTS of stars dress up FOR the role during the audition. It helps the director/producer instantly picture how it would look. If Dorothy Dandridge hadn’t done similar, we’d not know of her legacy today…

  • Blayke_Love

    The movie was really good. I enjoyed everyone and the roll they played. The only disappointment was after the movie came out. Black WOMEN mad it a competition with Beyonce and Jennifer. Why? Two different rolls and Bey played her part well. You never get that with White actresses…. really sad.

    • kiki j

      I say that all the time. Black women make everything a competition. But I didn’t think beyonce was right for the role. It wasn’t painful to watch, but she should stay in her lane. She’s a great singer and one of the best performer in her element but her acting is mediocre. She only gets these roles because of who she is. But like I said it wasn’t painful watching her.

  • D Boner

    One tiny tidbit you missed: They shot a sex scene with Jennifer and Jamie’s characters, but later cut it out. I remember seeing it on Oprah’s special “Dreamgirls” show. Hmm……wonder why.

  • ijs

    loved this movie even tho i was dragged to the theater lol I think usher wouldnt have been horrible, he wouldve had the singing and dancing down. i think terrance would have been great

  • TRUTH IS

    The last point wasnt a secret since BeDesperate was doing all the press about her and parading like she is the star of the show and deserves and Oscar. I was happy when JHud won and got all the attention cus Jhud could act and singe better then Betacky

    • Blayke_Love

      I realize its easy for folks to be on the bandwagon to HATE on this woman for reasons only black women put out there. But If you know anything about making movies and promoting a movie…THAT IS NOT BEYONCE’s DECISION, The prducers decided who would get the movie buzz. During that time, and NOW Beyonce is the BIGGER celebrity. Also, you cant RE WRITE DREAM GIRLS. Beyonce did not have the starring role, Jennifer played EFFIE. So your HOOD-OLOGY is really ignorant.

      • TRUTH IS

        And the outcome….JHud was the bigger star….we didn’t hear Jhud talking about her lip injections…any press was good press for the movie from anyone. To bad Beytacky cannot make decisions for herself and needs to be “handled” She is a fembot. And she did have the starring role hence her being a nominee for Best actress….you are the hoodlum defending BeDesperate without pay….dolt!!

    • louise_1

      And she definitely cannot act het way out of paper bag. She had nerve to think Hollywood director wanted to work with her. Wasn’t that funny.

  • kierah

    Whitney should have had a negotiator like Beyonce. Bey knew she couldn’t sing “And I’m Telling You,” but she got permission to get another powerhouse song in the second half of the movie. That’s where “Listen” came from.
    And sorry Veronica, but Andre 3000 can not act. (Didn’t you see “Idlewild?”)

  • Vandellish

    This is my 3rd favorite musical of all time after ‘Stormy Weather’ and ‘The Five Heartbeats’.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NCIQXQOHZNTKR2VJ6MEV64COIY Monica

    I didn’t like Jamie Foxx as Curtis and always thought Terrence Howard would have killed that role.

    I saw the movie twice and both times there was applause after
    Jennifer’s AIATY. Never experienced that in a movie theater before or
    since. I
    am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I
    joined —blackwhitePlanet.С0M—–it’s where to- connect with
    beautiful and excellent people!I still don’t know how Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her role. I
    enjoyed the movie but I definitely don’t feel it was Oscar material.

  • Reese

    I still don’t know how Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her role. I enjoyed the movie but I definitely don’t feel it was Oscar material.

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    • Reese

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  • Papillon

    I didn’t like Jamie Foxx as Curtis and always thought Terrence Howard would have killed that role.

    I saw the movie twice and both times there was applause after Jennifer’s AIATY. Never experienced that in a movie theater before or since.

    • louise_1

      Terrence Howard is a great actor. I’ve always thought he should have played lead in America gangster. He definitely could have pulled it off.

  • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

    I think this movie was cast PERFECTLY!! I don’t think I could’ve seen anyone else besides J. Hud play Effie, and I love me some Kelly Price, child! But when Jennifer sang “And I Am Telling You”, BABBBBBBBYYYY!!!!! Whoooooooo, I KNOW that’s how she got that part!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecelia.williams.54 Cecelia Williams

    Love this movie.

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