Winnie Mandela is opening up about the new movie based on her life starring Jennifer Hudson, and she is not pleased. In fact, Winnie calls the upcoming film an insult.
Could you tell the story of a living person’s life without ever speaking to the individual? The producers of Winnie obviously thought so – as Winnie Mandela revealed in a recent interview. She said that she has never met or spoken to Jennifer Hudson, who is playing her in a movie based on her life.
“I have absolutely nothing against Jennifer, but I have everything against the movie itself,” she told CNN. “I am still alive and I think it is total disrespect to come to South Africa, make a movie about my struggle and call that movie some translation of a romantic life of Winnie Mandela. I think it is an insult.”
For her own part in this mess, Jennifer Hudson has said she wanted to speak to Winnie Mandela, but was advised by the movie’s producers that it would be a bad idea. A bad idea for who? Jennifer…or the producer’s vision of the movie?
I think I would find the idea of someone talking about my life without including me pretty insulting too.