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21 February 2011

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ALLEGRO

And also Rod....in COAL MINER's DAUGHTER sissy Spacek did her own singing...lol. Fantasia is uch a poor choice.

Maat atkins

yea I agree, but i think fantasia will do Ok. And plus she has acting experience under her belt with Color Purple and she did pretty good with that role. Plus she has church background that will help too.

Rod Mc

@ Allegro: You're absolutely right. WTH?

Dalton

This is some fckry. Nuff said.

The Truth

Perhaps fantasia was the best person for this role...the producers obviously think so. I will be awaiting the finished product. If Tyler Perry can be Alex Cross, Fantasia can certainly be Mahalia Jackson. #thatisall

ATL Kid

A mess. A HOT MESS!

Greg G

>>>If Tyler Perry can be Alex Cross, Fantasia can certainly be Mahalia Jackson.

That's gotta be a joke, right?

Isis

Why not Queen Latifah or as Rod suggested.... Kimberly Elise. I love Fanny, but this don't seem right to me.

Oh and I would rather have Queen play Pearl Bailey, so I take that back.

Mark N.

I totally agree Rod. Mahalia Jackson is too importance of a staple in our history to not have a more experience actress play this role.

Fred

This would be a perfect vehicle for Gabourey Sidibe. She has more acting chops than Fantasia.

Fantasia is more suited for a Patti Labelle biopic.

OnTheReal

Queen Latifah is the obvious choice for BOTH Mahalia Jackson and Pearl Bailey. Even Fantasia's speaking voice is wrong for this role.

This is an even worse idea than having Halle Berry play Aretha Franklin.

Distant Lover

THIS IS AN ABOMINATION!! I HOPE THE LORD LETS MAHALIA COME DOWN FROM ON HIGH AND STOP THIS MADNESS!!!! NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: SINGERS ARE NOT ACTORS!!!!
ACTORS CAN PORTRAY SINGERS BUT NOT VICE VERSA. FANTASIA IS NOT J-HUD AND CANNOT PULL THIS OFF AND MAHALIA JACKSON IS TOO IMPORTANT A FIGURE TO HAVE AN UNPROVEN TALENT TO PORTRAY HER! CALL ANGELA BASSETT! PLEASE!!!THIS BULLSHITTAKE HAS GOT TO STOP!!! FIRST THEY CAST MARY J BLIGE TO PLAY NINA SIMONE. THEY FIRE JESSE L MARTIN (WHO I BELEIVED WAS A PERFECT CHOICE) TO PLAY MARVIN GAYE AND TRIED TO REPLACE HIM WITH WILL SMITH (WHO THANKFULLY TURNED IT DOWN) THE BIG WIGS IN HOLLYWOOD WHO ARE LETTING THEIR KIDS MAKE THESE BONEHEADED DECISIONS NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE OFF THE DRUGS FIRST! GOD! THIS IS MADNESS! I'M GOING TO START MAKING MY OWN MOVIES WITH MY iPHONE DAMMIT! I AM SICK OF THIS DRECK THAT IS BEING PRODUCED BY THIS STUPID, EGOTISTICAL, METH-HEADS! FANTASIA, BABY, THIS IS NO SLAM ON YOU. YOU ARE A BUDDING TALENT, BUT DEAR, MAHALIA JACKSON NEEDS TO BE PORTRAYED BY SOMEONE WHO HAS MORE EXPERIENCE AND ACTING TALENT THAN YOU DO. PORTRAYING YOURSELF IN A LIFETIME MOVIE DOESN'T COUNT. IF THESE CASTING DIRECTORS THINK FANTASIA IS A MATCH FOR MAHALIA JACKSOM BUT TELL ME I'M NOT RIGHT FOR A PART, I AM STRANGLING THOSE WENCHES!!! My rant is over. I apologize.

Moore

'Barrino will be lip-synching to those original recordings'

Will they lip synch her speaking voice, too? Because it is not cute. At all.

DW Jazzlover

@Distant Lover, Don't apologize, I agree! I also agree that Gabourey Sidibe would be a better choice,also Latifa, if no singing is involved...
If their code was singing and not lip sync..Yeah Fantashia could do that job well...
But Hollywood still think we are interchangable...
Don't mess up with the Queen of Gospel....Please!

Distant Lover

AND ANOTHER THING! WHO EVER SAID THAT QUEEN LATIFAH WOULD HAVE OWNED THIS ROLE, NAILED IT.
ROD,OR SOMEBODY ELSE PLEASE GET THE PRODUCERS CONTACT INFO SO THAT WE CAN SEND AN OPEN LETTER TO HAVE THEM RECAST THIS ROLE. SOMEBODY CALL QUEEN'S AGENT OR BETTER STILL, FIRE THAT B*TCH BECAUSE SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON HER JOB GETTING THE ROLE FOR QUEEN.
WE GOTTA CHANGE THIS! THIS IS SACRILEGIOUS! WE CANNOT STAND FOR THIS! I TELL YOU WHAT, WOULD THEY CAST ZACH GALIFINAKIS TO PORTRAY RONALD REAGAN? THEN WHY DO THEY THINK AN UNPROVEN ACTRESS CAN PORTRAY ONE OF OUR HEROES? THINK ABOUT IT Y'ALL! WHO DO YOU THINK IS MAKING THESE DECISIONS? I CAN THINK OF ONLY BLACK CASTING DIRECTOR AND I KNOW ROBI REED HUMES AIN'T HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS MESS? Okay, I'm done for today.

Andy Niable

Yes, Sissy Spacek sang her own vocals and won an Oscar. Jessica Lange, in the bio pic of Patsy Cline, didn't sing, and didn't win. Make of that what you will.

Then again, Marilyn Horne provided the voice that Dorothy Dandridge lip-synced to in Carmen Jones, Marni Nixon gave us the songs that Natalie Wood synced in West Side Story, and in Porgy and Bess, both Dihann Caroll and Dorothy Dandridge were not doing their own singing.

drdeeptruth

As a fan of Mahalia Jackson I really never felt that Ms Fantasia could pull of doing such an over the top role. I always used to sit and wonder who could give it a valid attempt. Queen Latifah does sound like a great choice I can actually picture her in that role. But never in my wildest dreams would consider Fantasia

Former COGIC

@ Andy Niable:

Inside baseball much? Everything you said is true. But you totally miss the point.

It isn't that Fantasia has to do her own singing. It's that Fantasia CANNOT act. And given Mahalia's iconic reputation, hmmm, maybe they might want someone more serious? Or even an unknown?

And I'm assuming you don't follow pop culture or R&B music. Fantasia's personal life is a mess and very disrespectful to Mahalia's memory.

Dorothy Dandridge, Natalie Wood, Dihann Carroll and Dorothy Dandridge didn't sing but they could ACT. Those actresses are iconic and Fantasia is nowhere in their class.

Jaysin

Preach Distant Lover. Preach!
But please dont shout lol

ATL FINEST

miss fanny is a mess child a mess!

sat down miss married man and husband stealer, sat down!

moving in with a married man ... a hot ghetto mess! sat down gurl!

Distant Lover

@Jaysin

I ain't never heard of a quiet sermon! You gots to get the people fired up about thangs otherwise nuthin' changes.

And the church says: AAAAAAY-MEN!

cullen

I agree with you Distant Lover but did you really need to call her the B word? I mean honestly tearing down one black woman to build up another one is unnecessary. She isn't fit for the role but she doesn't have to be degraded in the process.

howard

PLEASE re-think this choice! I am a huge fan of Fantasia's and belive she has some acting talent, however not for this role. We are talking about one of the greatest women and talents in modern history. She was so influential in Civil and International Rights that she was called the most powerful Black women of her era. No Fantasia has no where near the voice of mahalia neither does she have the serene reverance mahalia possessed. No one is without faults and Mahalia had some. However fantasia's recent extra marital woes, alleged suicide attempt combined with the abortion make her an inapropriate choice for the role. Also Fantasia's speaking voice has none of the power or conviction of Mahalia.I do not see Gabby Sidebide in the role. But maybe Monique. Interesting. You need someone who can plunge some unhappy emotional depths without losing their Faith. The Ex-Prime Minister of India, Indira Ghandi said she would "....never hear a more beautiful voice in her lifetime....nor would anyone so completey embody her Faith." That ain't Fantasia.

CindyBirdsongtheGoodSupreme

Fanatasia's speaking voice alone should eliminate her from the role. It's too Donald Duck-like. She cannot approximate the carriage, regal bearing or presnce of Mahalia Jackson. Her look is wrong and this is soooo disappointing to read; let alone watch. Queen Latifah has the acting chops, looks and bearing. Please cast her or some one more close to Mahalia's essence.

Fred

I was thinking Monique as well but she recently bought the rights to portray Hattie McDaniel. Gabourey Sidibe is closer in age with Fantasia and Fantasia was told to add 30-40lbs for the movie. Gabourey Sidibe already has that part covered (no disrepect intended). All she needs to do is study and learn Mahalia's mannerism and her life and I think she can do the part.

Queen Latifah I believe might be too old for the part. Hence why I think they are going for someone younger. Amber Riley (Merecedes from the GLEE) might be also another possibility if they are going for someone young. JMO!

Fantasia just doesn't have the chops. Not to be funny but has she finally learned to read yet?

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