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Jennifer Hudson Reveals Sacrifices She Made For Her Role As WINNIE MANDELA



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Winnie Madikizela Mandela

So we have not really heard much about the Winnie Mandela biopic, starring Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela herself and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela, except for the much derided TRAILER.

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Well, Jennifer recently spoke about the sacrifices that she had to make in order to give a realistic portrayal of one of Africa’s most powerful but enigmatic woman, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. I think a South African accent would have been first thing but then again, the movie is mostly for a Western audience who may have limited knowledge of African accents *sigh*. I will always contend that roles of significant African men & women should be played by African actors & actresses. I do understand the economics of the movie business. Bottom line. But at the sacrifice & expense of whom? I seriously digress…

Jennifer Hudson

More on what Jen had to say about the sacrifices she made for her role as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela:

Jennifer Hudson has revealed she didn’t see her son during filming for her upcoming movie, because she wanted to get into character.

The 29-year-old is starring alongside Terrence Howard in the title role of Winnie which is due for release later this year. Jennifer plays anti-apartheid activist and former South African President Nelson Mandela’s wife in a new biopic about her life.

Part of Jennifer’s preparations for the role was to remain locked inside of a cell day and night during filming where she went through the motions of Winnie’s confinement.  The star – who has an 18-month-old son David Daniel Otunga Jr. with her partner David Otunga – has revealed that she didn’t have any contact with her child throughout filming in South Africa in order to mentally prepare herself for the role.

“I was only playing her for four months, but this was her life, what she went through, and that’s a story that is so worth being told. I wanted to make it as real as possible, even down to being away from the baby – I didn’t see him the whole time I was away,” she revealed in an interview with Pride magazine.

The singer-and-actress says that even though the crew tried to convince her it was OK to have contact with her son, Jennifer decided to live in absolute solitude. The American star says that she wanted to do the role justice and so pushed herself to her absolute mental limits in order to make it as realistic as possible.

“I remember the crew saying to me ‘We can bring the baby here,’ and I was like ‘It’s OK.’ Winnie was away from her children, and she couldn’t see them either. It made it that much more real to me, being away from my baby too. I got to feel what Winnie felt, and that’s basically what it takes to make the character that much more real to me.”

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Your Thoughts On Jen As Winnie Mandela?!

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Photo: Zimbio / Getty Images

 

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  • Mmabatho konopi

    jennifer Hudson is a good actress but as a South African I would have loved to see South Africans starring as Mandela and Winnie. we have good actors in SA can we start embracing them! truly think a South African would of done done the roles more justice. what r we saying about our confidence in SA ARTISTS but BIG UPS to Jennifer, good job.

  • Rego mputle

    jennifer you are really talented but a south african could have done a much more better job than you could ever do in playing african heros.better luck next time shawty.

  • Rego mputle

    jennifer you are really talented but a south african could have done a much more better job than you could ever do in playing african heros.better luck next time shawty.