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J-Hud Went The Extra Mile For Winnie Role

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Talk about method acting.

When Jennifer Hudson committed to starring in the lead role in Winnie, the story of Nelson Mandela's wife, she really committed to it.

While discussing the role in a recent interview, Jennifer reveals that she actually opted to confine herself in a prison cell for several days in an attempt to “experience some of the hell that woman went through.” She explains further:

“They snatched her out of her home and she had no idea what happened to her children. Imagine living that? This was her life! This was real. As a woman, I am angry for her, hurting for her. And as a mom? God, being in solitary confinement, away from my son just for five days when shooting those scenes—it was too much for me. I was drained and stripped down. I was changed.”

Wow. Incredible. Such commitment to the craft. We're really impressed.

Should we assume there is another Oscar in her future? Maybe!

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23 comments to “J-Hud Went The Extra Mile For Winnie Role”

  1. 1

    She is a god awful actress, I doubt it helped much. Nobody has EVER deserved and Oscar less than this woman.

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    Lets see how the movie turns out before saying another Oscar. I love her singing, but her acting is hit or miss. In addition, Winnie isn't well liked in South Africa for her antics and there is no real status of importance then her being Nelson Mandela's wife.

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    if i were J-Hud I would hang my head in shame, Winnie Mandela is a terrorist!
    the reason she was 'taken out of her home' was because she killed people for no good reason.
    she is not better than the rest of the worlds scum!
    she should be sent to jail for murder!

    J-Hud, you're an idiot!

  5. 5

    perez, you should do some research before posting such tripe!

  6. 6

    well she got her last undeserved oscar just for miming to a song so…

    she'll probably get an oscar this time just for looking plain.

    she's really no great actress. TV movie standard

  7. 7

    Re: burrito101 – Her and Nelson Madela are terroists! She a kid killed because she thought he stole her necklace. Nothing but pure evil!

  8. 8

    i love jennifer but if the acting is anything like what i have seen in the trailer there is no oscar or even a nomination in store. unless they do a whole lot of re-shooting.

  9. 9

    Yeah, they snatched her out her home because she ordered the abduction and torture of four young boys. One of those boys was later found in a field with his throat cut open. Fuck you J-Hud! Don't you dare try and play the sympathy card for that bitch.

  10. 10

    She is a horrible actress. Should have never won an oscar, the voters confused singing for acting.

  11. 11

    Thank god I'm not the only one who think she's an horrible actress. She's a great singer, yes, but a decent actress.

  12. 12

    Really Perez….Really ? I agree, you should do some research before posting this shit, and I agree that J-Hud is a total frikken idiot for glorifying Winnie 'EVIL Monster" Mandela. Obviously this lack of food thing is playing with her mind, as she should have done her research before taking on this role. Next time she takes on a role, hand her a burger and some fries. This is like Charlize Theron starring in a South African movie about glorifying Osama Bin Laden…. Winnie Mandela is a terrorist. Even Nelson Mandela, a terrorist too but now redeemed, cant stand the evil that is that woman. She killed a ten year old boy….. is that a hero? I hope this movie BOMBS…for the sake of every little black south african kid that was either raped, tortured or killed by Winnie Mandela and her gang.

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    Yeah, I think she got her Oscar cus she can sing..and it was a singing role. Just because you can sing doesnt mean you can act. I wonder how manty actors get upset when newbies get an award they never have? lol…I nevr saw dream girls so i cant say how her acting is at all. But, that is a lot of dedication to doing a good job. Her presenting at the Oscars was realllly bad and mechanical. Maybe she should stuick to singing.

  14. 14

    wait, wasn't she responsible for the rape, abduction and torture of young boys? wasn't she, and her husband, a fucking TERRORIST?

    i suppose 20 years from now hollywood will be glamorizing the likes of gadaffi and osama bin laden?

  15. 15

    and her LAST oscar was WELL deserved asswhole. lets see you get out there infront of people and try to blow a song like that. oh yea, thats right..you cant. so Shut the hell up, and if she didnt deserve it she wouldnt have gotten it, but since she did get it, well that means she deserved it so shut the hell up and deal with it. and hell if you ask me, half of these stars dont deserve to even be heard, let alone be on stage, nor get awards, butthey do and i have to deal with it. maybe you should try it (:

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    And as far as her weight goes you careless funny faced Basterd, that has nothing to do with the role she chose to play. so really shut the fuck up. i wish somebody would beat your ass for putting that dumbass comment. low life basterd !!!!

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    Re: Jordan Tudor – YOU A C-UNT !

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    Re: boricuas4669 – Boricua! Boricua! Love it!

  19. 19

    I find this absolutely disgusting. As a South African citizen the fact that this monster is being glorified as a heroine and a freedom fighter makes me really angry and upset. She is guilty of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity. She has kidnapped, tortured and killed many of her “own people”, including children. She has never acknowledged or repented for any of her crimes, not even during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is the personification of evil. Just because the woman is black and was involved in the struggle does not mean she is deserving of praise. To the contrary, the majority of South African citizens would tell you that this woman deserves to be put to death for all the evil things that she has done. The rest of the world’s complete ignorance surrounding Apartheid and South African history in general really frustrates me. Can’t you just pick up a book and do some research??? Is that too much to ask?

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    When ever some actor or actress talks about what "gruelling preparation" they did for a role I'm reminded of Olivier's comment to the effect of "Why don't you just act?" It's not a sign of dedication so much as an admission that you are unable to connect with anything that you have not physically experienced yourself. Pretty mediocre actress trying to glorify a horrible woman. Can't wait for this one.

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    I must admit it is ashame how mean spirited people can be. Why come on a site to try and down grade anybody. All that shows is your level of class, and trust to show a photo attached to the rude and cowart ass comment. Haters don't have anything elsa to do but hate. Jennifer Hudson is living out her dreams, and living life to the fullest. Look at yourself in a mirror and ask yourself while can't I be that dam important!

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    I like Jennifer Hudson but I just lost tons of respect for her! I wouldn't be proud of playing this role.. Winnie Mandela was a horrible person.. She ordered a 14 year old boy to be murdered!!! I am so tired of hollywood making heroes out of people who aren't!!!

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    Re: Loves-trashy-american-realitytv – I totally agree with you. I find it embarrassing that the US is making this movie..