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January 03, 2012  | by: Martha Adjei

Jennifer Hudson

Last week, former Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson revealed that she was offered the role of Precious, the controversial hit based on the novel Push by Sapphire, but gratefully declined the offer.

Although she found the role of Precious – an overweight teenager struggling in with poverty and domestic abuse – appealing, she wasn’t wild about the fact that she would have to put on pounds to play the role. The Huffington Post says Hudson already had to put on weight for the role of Effie in Dreamgirls.

“As much as I was moved by this film,” said Hudson in her book I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, “I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight.”

The role was then filled by Gabourey Sidibe, a New York college student who went to an opening casting for the role. Sidibe was nominated for an Oscar, and became an instant star for her outstanding performance as Precious.

But was it a mistake? Many critics think that Hudson should have gained the weight to take the role, but I’m not so sure. If Hudson would have taken the roll, she would have had to sacrifice her inspirational weight loss goals and start all over again. Gabourey Sidibe is a gem, and I’m glad Hudson’s decline gave her the opportunity to enter Hollywood and be accepted for what she was – not just an overweight black girl, but a talented young actress to be reckoned with.

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