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Although Robin Thicke says it’s too soon to discuss a Whitney Houston biopic, he didn’t hesitate to put in his two cents on which actress he thinks should play the leading role—his wife, Paula Patton. While it sounds like Robin just might be trying to earn brownie points with his spouse (or an extra paycheck for the household), he at least has decent reasoning.
“She reminds me of Whitney Houston, he told The YBF. And when she was first starting, she was going out on auditions, they were like ‘ you know you remind me of that Halle Berry meets Whitney Houston.’ She got that a lot when she first started. So she’s been getting a lot of Twitter’s and Google’s about her playing Whitney Houston. But I think it’s way too soon. I think anybody that tries to do Whitney within the next year or two is a big mistake.”
Aside from a quick biopic being insensitive, Robin says doing the film too soon won’t allow Whitney’s full story to be told.
“Everybody just wants to appreciate Whitney for the genius that she was, and let everything else come in a few years. Besides my remake of course. That wasn’t for attention, it was just out of appreciation. But everyone that’s gonna make a movie is gonna wanna make money off of it and it’s all gonna get jumbled and no one is gonna wanna tell the bad stuff because it’s too soon. And then you wont get the real story that what makes a human being a human being is their greatness and weakness. And Whitney was one of the greatest singers of all time, so it’s gonna be hard to tell that story honestly.”
In terms of stories, The YBF also asked Robin about headlines involving his own drug issues.
“Oh, the weed?” he said. “Oh no that’s done.”
He’s a mess.
So what do you say? Could Paula Patton pull off Whitney?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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By now you’ve heard that there are several actresses in the running for the coveted role of our fallen icon Whitney Houston. Names like Meagan Good, Jennifer Hudson and even Vivica Foxx made it into the conversation. While I can’t visualize any of these women taking on this role none of those names surprised me.
The name that did shock me: Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty.
Huh? I’m genuinely shocked that this is even a plausible suggestion right now. There are just so many reasons why this can’t be.
But some people are really gunning for the girl to get this role. For instance, today Vibe Vixen made a list of five reasons why Rihanna should play Whitney. They ran down a list of similarities like the trajectory of their careers and abusive relationships. And took leaps with stretches like they both look alike and have a similar stage presence. I’m not sold on those last two but overall I was surprised at how much these two just might have in common.
Commonalities aside though, Rihanna as Whitney should not happen.
For one, if I’m going to see a Whitney Houston biopic, I know Whitney’s not going to be on the screen but I at least want to forget that I’m not looking at Whitney. Does that make sense? Think back to some of the best biopics we’ve seen. When you watch “Malcolm X,” you don’t see Denzel. The fight scene in the car during “What’s Love Got to Do With It” is between Anna Mae and Ike, not Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. That’s Selena getting shot, not J Lo. All of those performances, especially Denzel as Malcolm X, managed to convince us, if even for a brief moment, that these actors became these iconic figures.
While Rihanna’s acting abilities may be questionable, this is not about that, remember J-Lo was relatively new to the acting game when she played Selena. This is about the fact that if Rihanna gets this role, we’ll see Rihanna and only Rihanna.
Think about it, this woman is probably the most photographed artist today, there’s not a day that goes by where she’s not on someone’s blog. That overexposure alone won’t allow her to take on a role of this magnitude for what would be her second acting gig. (She’s supposed to be in “Battleship” later this year.)
If that wasn’t enough for you, just last year the singer said, when asked about rumors of being in “The Bodyguard” remake, that she does not want to play a singer:
“I hate it when singers do singing movies all the time, because you can never look at them as anybody else. I want to play a character. My whole life is playing Rihanna; being a singer won’t be a stretch for me.”
Well, there you have it. If she doesn’t want to play a singer, then Whitney, a woman known as “The Voice,” is pretty much out isn’t it?
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