I have to wonder if Halle Berry is kicking herself today. Last week, she said she would NOT be playing [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Aretha Franklin[/lastfm] in the movie about her life. Her quote was, “If I could carry a tune, I’d consider it.” Aretha responded, “She shouldn’t underestimate her own talent.” She continued, “I never expected Halle to sing.” OOPS!
(Courtesy of Njai Joszar – Urban Pop Examiner)
While Halle Berry ended rumors surrounding her possible portrayal of Aretha Franklin in a biopic at the Golden Globes, claiming “If I could carry a tune, I’d consider it,” Aretha Franklin says she shouldn’t underestimate her own talent. Furthermore, the Queen of R&B/soul says Berry was never expected to sing !
“She shouldn’t underestimate her own talent,” Franklin said in statement released Monday. “There are a number of other leading ladies out there that can definitely handle the role.”
According to Franklin, Berry was never expected to sing, considering other talent including Angela Bassett (What’s Love Go To Do With It, Tina Turner, 1993) and Larenz Tate (Frankie Lymon, ‘Who Do Fools Fall In Love, 1998′) who have portrayed vocalists in the past. Ironically, Berry portrayed Zola Taylor, the only female member of ‘The Platters’, in the latter film.
“I never expected Halle to sing. She’s an actress, not a singer,” Franklin went on to say in the statement read on Monday’s ‘Wendy Williams Show’. “Many actors have portrayed vocalists by lipsyncing to the artist’s original recordings.”
As previously reported, Franklin called into the Wendy Williams Show earlier this month. Claiming her health was “superb,’ Franklin shared news regarding two projects with Williams, including a biopic/movie she hoped Berry would topline. It is unclear when the film(s) surrounding Franklin’s award-winning career will be shot.