Questlove Has Some Words For ‘Precious’ MariahPublished by Clay Cane on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 9:53 am.
Precious is one of the most anticipated films of the year and some are coining the Lee Daniels production this generation’s The Color Purple. The film stars Mo’Nique, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd and of course a less than glamorous Mariah Carey.
Talking to Oprah, Mariah casually ranted about her look for the movie. “‘This is so ugly, I don’t know what to do.’ He put dark stuff under my eyes, he … put fluorescent lighting, the most hideous lighting. Some people had the most beautiful, angelic lighting, and I looked at Lee like, ‘You motherf***er, why did you do this to me?’”
Well, Questlove of the legendary hip-hop band, The Roots, didn’t find Mariah’s comments too amusing.
On Monday 28th September 2009, @questlove said:
@MariahCarey slow the breaks on the Precious press saying how “ugly” you were made to look. 1) your character was not ugly 2) what about your fans that aren’t “cosmopolitan covershoot ready” that look like that character. i *know* you meant no harm but that’s a risky thin line you walkin.
I admit when any beautiful woman glams down for movies or television (think Tyra’s “experiments”) you might give them the side eye for rambling about how unattractive they might look. However, to be fair, this is no different than Charlize Theron in Monster; she constantly said she gained weight and used makeup to blotch her skin in order to play one of the first female serial killers (won an Oscar for it!). Or, Nicole Kidman in The Hours, who wore a prosthetic nose and little makeup. No one can forget how many times Halle Berry mentioned she didn’t wear makeup or touch her hair for her Oscar-winning role in Monster’s Ball.
I think because Mariah isn’t looked at as a “serious actress,” people might raise an eyebrow to her. There is so much to celebrate with the film Precious — come on Questlove, let Mariah live!
Do you think Mariah could be offending her fans when she says she was “ugly” in the role?