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Winne Mandela Is NOT Pleased With Jennifer Hudson's Winnie Biopic

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Back in March, we were impressed to hear how committed Jennifer Hudson was to her lead role in Winnie, a biopic about Nelson Mandela's wife.

Now, we're not so sure how we feel about the potential Oscar candidate, after hearing what the real Winnie Mandela had to say about the project (above).

The film does NOT have her blessing, and she claims she wasn't consulted about it.

This definitely puts a poor taste in our mouth about the whole thing.

What do U think? Do Winnie Mandela's comments change your feelings about this film?

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20 comments to “Winne Mandela Is NOT Pleased With Jennifer Hudson's Winnie Biopic”



  1. 1

    She makes a good point about film makers presuming to know how she felt. But, she is a very controversial figure who has been implicated in human rights abuses, and maybe she is upset if they included that it the movie. Or maybe I am just being presumptuous….



  2. 2

    Sad.



  3. 3

    I have never considered this side before when viewing biopics about historical figures. She is absolutely right when she says that those making the movie have no way of knowing how she felt or what emotions she was dealing with during her struggle. It is very presumptuous of the American film industry to think that they can accurately portray her life without having any contact with her or any insight into her life thus far. I am sure this happens all of the time with biopics and I wonder how accurate they really can be, unless the person it is about is spending all of their time on the set, instructing whoever is portraying them. I will definitely think twice about seeing movies like this from now on. It is disrespectful to pretend like we even know what emotions occur in situations like Mrs. Mandela's. I hope the movie industry at least reaches out to her to get her blessing.



  4. 4

    If Winnie Mandela is against the movie the better the reason to make it. Even though she was married to Nelson Mandela, she's nothing more than a simple criminal convicted for fraud.



  5. 5

    Perez obviously knows absolutely zero about Winnie Mandela's history. Why is that not surprising? Winnie Mandela would obviously not approve of any close account of her life, as she would not want the world to relive some of the appalling skeletons she has in her closet. She is as shady as they come. I would be far more concerned about the authenticity of her bio if she DID approve of it.



  6. 6

    I thought that casting JHud was a bad idea because she's not a very good actress, regardless of the awards and accolades she has received.
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    There has been a lot of bad press about Winnie since Mandela divorced her and there is more to this story than was probably given on screen.
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    I don't think the movie is going to do well at all. Biopics are a tough sell anyway and JHud is just not a strong enough actress for this role. And if Winnie ain't buying it, neither will we.



  7. 7

    Winnie is a shady character, there's no doubt about it, but that doesn't mean she automatically forfeits the right to at least share her opinion with the film makers. It's stupidity of the highest order to make a film about somebody's life without knowing how they felt and what they went through. Very disrespectful.



  8. 8

    Winnie Mandela's reputation is far from sainthood. In fact there were many allegations about her that she may not want to revisit.



  9. 9

    im south african and this woman is the most offensive (after julias malema) person that i have ever some across.
    she also fails to mention that she is just a common criminal with a bad weave!

    i also totally disagree with this movie because they are turning her into some sort of hero.
    Mandela is the hero, not this evil cow!



  10. 10

    Sorry Winny, but there is no way in HELL you ever looked like Beyonce……You get the BEFORE Weight Watchers Jennifer Hudson…End of Discussion!



  11. 11

    I can't wait to see Jennifer Hudson in Black & White Stripes during the prison scenes….



  12. 12

    It puts a poor taste in your mouth? Do you mean foul?



  13. 13

    Winnie Mandela is a low life criminal responsible for human rights violations. Who cares what she thinks?



  14. 14

    Perez, you've GOT to stop making yourself look stupid with posts like this. No one cares what a thug like Winnie Mandela thinks–including her EX husband Nelson, who divorced her immediately after his release from prison.



  15. 15

    Pretty silly to make a movie about someone's life without asking them about their life… :/



  16. 16

    She's an evil bitch. Who cares. Of course she's not going to like the movie. The thuth hurts!



  17. 17

    Will you watch Sarah Palin's "The Undefeated" or would you find T.V.'s "Game Change" with Julianne Moore playing $creech a more truthful commentary? Nelson Mandela ranks in the public's mind right up there with Gandhi and Mother Theresa. "Blessed are the Peacemakers…" Winnie Mandela is known because of her married name, her loud mouth, and being corrupt. That's all I know from years of reading, watching the news. Who knows, maybe Jennifer will turn the film into an "Evita" type of story-line,but no where does it say the film is a musical. Too bad.



  18. 18

    Have you seen the trailer? It looks awful. Terrance Howard is Nelson Mandela and J Hud is Winnie. So you have a serious actor who looks nothing like their character (not even thru use of make-up) and a singer who can barely act but sort of favor's her character.

    Also the trailer looks like a fluffly lifetime style movie. It doesn't look like it deals the real difficulities of a woman who at 21 married a man 18 years her senior who then spends 27 of their 39 year marriage in jail. Never mind dealing with political controversies and corruptions.

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    To disregard the vantage point of the person the movie is actually about is baffling to me.
    Some biopic.



  20. 20

    It's soobvious that she wants money for the movie! It's got nothing to do with respect - she's broke!