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    Naomi winning the part of Whitney made the front page of The Times Newspaper in the UK today. Although I’m not a fan of the casting choice I’m wishing her the best.

    She has a massive responsibility now not only to the millions of Whitney fans around the world but with the global critics.

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    I’m convinced Pat Houston (& company) threw some names in a hat and chose at random.

    It doesn’t matter who they would’ve cast, this film is an obvious cash grab. Even the title “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” reeks of “buy/stream the soundtrack folks!”. Whitney didn’t even dance…🙄

    I wish ‘ol girl the best of luck. But let’s be real, it’s not an overwhelming choice. Sis is gonna need to bring her A game or she’ll be dragged. Right along with the filmmakers, producers, and Patricia. 😒

    👑Cicely Tyson (1924-2021)
    👑Mary Wilson (1944-2021)

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    She has the talent to have a Marion Cottilard/Angela Bassett star making moment. And neither of those women looked like Edith Piaf or Tina Turner

    I co-sign with this choice. I care about the performance. they will make her look like Whitney somehow.

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    ^I couldn’t agree more. I remember when director Joe Wright was interviewed by Gold Derby during awards season for Darkest Hour, he was asked how he came up with the idea of Gary Oldman starring as Winston Churchill despite looking nothing like him at all. His response was “you can fake the exterior, but you can’t fake the interior.” I don’t think it matters that much whether or not the performer offers any kind of resemblance to the person they’re playing. It should never be about who that person was on the outside, it should be more about who that person was on the inside. The hair and makeup team can work around the performer to make them look more like the person they’re playing.

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    I feel like when people say “but they don’t look like them” that they’re thinking that in order to convincingly play a character you have to look like them. That simply isn’t the case. Look at the cast of The Crown. Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby and Josh O’Connor look nothing like their real life counterparts. Margot Robbie looked nothing like Tonya Harding. Charlize Theron looked nothing like Megyn Kelly (although they sure as hell managed to somehow make her look like her twin).

    FYC:
    Picture: Passing, The Power of the Dog, Shiva Baby, Spencer
    Director: Jane Campion, Rebecca Hall, Pablo Larrain
    Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Winston Duke/James McAvoy
    Actress: Olivia Colman, Kristen Stewart, Tessa Thompson
    S. Actor: Richard E. Grant, Troy Kotsur, Kodi Smit-McPhee
    S. Actress : Kirsten Dunst/Martha Plimpton/Ruth Negga/Diana Rigg/Anya Taylor-Joy
    O. Screenplay: Bergman Island/Mass/Nine Days
    A. Screenplay: The Lost Daughter/Passing/The Power of the Dog/Shiva Baby

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    I feel like when people say “but they don’t look like them” that they’re thinking that in order to convincingly play a character you have to look like them. That simply isn’t the case. Look at the cast of The Crown. Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby and Josh O’Connor look nothing like their real life counterparts. Margot Robbie looked nothing like Tonya Harding. Charlize Theron looked nothing like Megyn Kelly (although they sure as hell managed to somehow make her look like her twin).

    Josh O’Connor looks a lot like Prince Charles. He’s far better looking, but there’s definitely a noticeable resemblance.

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    Josh O’Connor looks a lot like Prince Charles. He’s far better looking, but there’s definitely a noticeable resemblance.

    Not really? Apart from the ears he doesn’t have that much of a resemblance (either with his complexion or even his height).

    FYC:
    Picture: Passing, The Power of the Dog, Shiva Baby, Spencer
    Director: Jane Campion, Rebecca Hall, Pablo Larrain
    Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Winston Duke/James McAvoy
    Actress: Olivia Colman, Kristen Stewart, Tessa Thompson
    S. Actor: Richard E. Grant, Troy Kotsur, Kodi Smit-McPhee
    S. Actress : Kirsten Dunst/Martha Plimpton/Ruth Negga/Diana Rigg/Anya Taylor-Joy
    O. Screenplay: Bergman Island/Mass/Nine Days
    A. Screenplay: The Lost Daughter/Passing/The Power of the Dog/Shiva Baby

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    Noting how easily and swiftly this thread title was changed, though we still have Ammonite the Lesbian Drama.

    watch I May Destroy You

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    While I agree that the actor doesn’t have to look exactly like the real life person in order to be authentic to the role, I feel it’s different in Whitney’s case. All the actors mentioned above who played real people in films are actually better looking in real life than the people they’re portraying so it’s a lot easier to downgrade the actors looks to make them look similar to the real person.

    In this case it’s the opposite. Whitney was known for her beauty and Naomi while attractive just isn’t on the same level looks wise. It’s much harder to make an actor look more beautiful than less attractive. With minority casting in particular it seems we’re just meant to believe that all black people look the same?

    I’m still hopeful but just can’t get over the lack of facial similarities between the two, Naomi looks more like Viola Davis than Whitney but I’ll be happy to be proven wrong once I see the film.

    We’re gonna need some make-up wizardry with this one..

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    I can’t imagine not thinking she’s drop-dead gorgeous

    watch I May Destroy You

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    She looks nothing like Whitney. Hair and makeup have major work ahead of them.

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    She literally looks nothing like Whitney, it’s almost a joke but again with minority casting the public is meant to believe that all black people look the same, just throw a wig on and no one will notice..

     

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    She literally looks nothing like Whitney, it’s almost a joke but again with minority casting the public is meant to believe that all black people look the same, just throw a wig on and no one will notice..

    You’re comparing a picture of her in character against Whitney on stage.

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    She looks nothing like Whitney. Hair and makeup have major work ahead of them.

    That’s what they are there for, but this is not a lookalike contest…nor should it be. and I’m glad the producers/director were smart enough to realize that.

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    That’s what they are there for, but this is not a lookalike contest…nor should it be. and I’m glad the producers/director were smart enough to realize that.

    Never did I say I wanted or expected a “lookalike contest.” I hoped for resemblance of some sort, which this is not close to being. I’m fully allowed by my own damn opinion.

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