Aretha Responds To Halle: “She Shouldn’t Underestimate Her Own Talent.” Cast Your Vote!

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

Earlier in the month Aretha Franklin told Wendy Williams that Oscar-winner Halle Berry would play her in the long awaited biopic on the Queen of Soul’s life. Halle as Aretha? Most people gave it the side-eye – we all love Halle but she just didn’t seem right as Ms. Franklin. Halle agreed! On the red carpet for the Golden Globes she said, “Someone should tell Aretha that I can’t do her justice!” Also adding that she can’t sing.

Well, Aretha responded to Wendy Williams today with an official statement:

“I would have liked Halle Berry to portray the older Aretha in the upcoming biopic of my life based on my memoir Aretha: From These Roots, she was my first, but not my only choice. Everything is subject to negotiation and she shouldn’t underestimate her own talent. There are a number of other leading ladies out there that can definitely handle the role. I never expected Halle Berry to sing, she’s an actress, not a singer. Many actors have portrayed vocalists by lip-syncing to the artist’s original recordings.”

I also thought Halle saying that she couldn’t sing was odd reasoning — most biopics don’t have the actor singing. But, it looks like that was Halle’s nice way of saying she didn’t want the role. Good choice. As much as Halle is Aretha’s first choice it would be miscasting. Plus, Halle still has her dream role of playing Angela Davis!

Do you think Halle should push herself and play Aretha Franklin?  Cast your vote below.

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