Jennifer Hudson is gearing up to release her memoir, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down and in it she talks about more than just her astounding weight loss. One of the tidbits JHud talks about being offered the lead role in Lee Daniels’ critically acclaimed film, Precious.

Apparently, Daniels wanted to cast Hudson, but after losing weight when Dreamgirls wrapped, she just couldn’t stomach the idea of packing on the pounds again to play the downtrodden and abused teen.

Hudson 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.”

Instead, the role went to newcomer Gabourey Sidibe who was nominated for an Oscar and has parlayed her success into several other roles, including the Showtime series The Big C.

But could have Hudson have pulled off the role as well as Sidibe?

While we may never know, one thing is clear: Gabourey inhabited that role and it’s hard picturing anyone else–including JHud–doing it justice.

What do you think? Did Jennifer Hudson make the right move in passing on ‘Precious’?


  1. Appletree

    I hope this doesn’t come out wrong, but I think J Hud is way too pretty to pull off that role. Gabby just fit the look for it better.

    • I understand exactly what you mean. JHud epitomizes GLAMOUR (that would be my choice word instead of pretty, if that makes sense), always has, and would never be able to pull off the realness, rawness, and grittiness of a character like Precious. Period. Gabby owned the role.

  2. I don’t blame her. It’s unhealthy to lose and gain weight drastically like that. I don’t know why they just don’t give people body suits for roles like that.

    • @LainaLain, I really appreciate your making the distinction in it being “unhealthy to gain and lost weight that drastically”, instead of just ZOMG! being fat IN GENERAL is so unhealthy, OBESITY EPIDEMIC IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, fat celebrities make THE CHILDREN want to be FAT!!!!!

      Jennifer Hudson makes me feel ill. Her music is horrid and just because she hated herself being fat doesn’t mean all black women (or women in general) who are fat hate themselves, nor should they, and I’m so sick of her preaching that bullsh*t. I never would have gone to see the film if she’d been in the lead, because I don’t want to contribute a dime to her success.

      Damn, that sounds petty. But it’s true. :)

  3. Ginger

    I’m glad she didn’t take the role. Her acting is horrible and Gabby made that movie. I’m sorry y’all I cry every time I see Precious.

  4. African Mami

    In the same manner, she should have turned down the Winnie Mandela role. She CANNOT act to save her life! I am VERY BITTER that she even got cast for that Winnie role! Urrrrrrgh!

  5. I wish black ppl got a pass for mediocrity like white ppl do. Im just glad to see black ppl making a living doing what they wanna do. Thats enough for me.

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