This Day In Film: “What’s Love Got to Do with It”Published by Clay Cane on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:00 am.
This weekend, marks the anniversary of the biopic on the legendary Tina Turner, which was based on her autobiography I, Tina.
Everyone in Hollywood knew playing the role of Anna Mae Bullock also known as Tina Turner would be award-worthy. By the early 1990’s Tina was already a legend, respected in every musical circle across the world — one could only dream to play her life story. So, nearly every Black actress sought out the role: Jenifer Lewis, Robin Givens, Janet Jackson, Pam Grier, Halle Berry and Whitney Houston. The role was offered to Whitney, who had huge box office success with The Bodyguard, but she turned down the part due to pregnancy.
Eventually, the role was given to Angela Bassett. Laurence Fishburne rejected the role of Ike Turner five times until he learned Bassett was the lead. Cinematic history was made…
Met with controversy and criticism, What’s Love Got to Do with It was a box office smash. The movie grossed nearly 40 million domestically, won Angela Bassett a Golden Globe and received two Oscar nods. In addition, the film helped to invigorate Tina Turner’s career, which was already pretty hot. What’s Love Got to Do with It is one of the greatest biopics made and considered a true classic.