Chaka Khan wasn’t too eager on the chance to star in “The Color Purple.”
The iconic singer, who appeared on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” Friday, mentioned she turned down Steven Spielberg’s provide for a lead position within the beloved 1985 movie.
“Funny you should ask that,” Khan mentioned after Hudson requested her about tasks she had declined throughout her lengthy profession. “Well, you know I turned down ‘The Color Purple,’ the movie.”
Hudson, who appeared shocked, replied, “What?”
Khan mentioned Spielberg approached her about being within the film when she was “20, 22 tops,” however nervousness and an aversion to learning stored her from leaping on the chance.
“I was like, trying to run [from] that because I was afraid,” the Grammy-winning singer mentioned. ”I used to be like, ‘Oh God, a movie, oh my God.’”
“I like detested school and tests and studying, you know, I said, ‘Oh, that means I’d have to learn the script,’” Khan added.
The “Through the Fire” singer mentioned that the Oscar-winning director requested her to play Celie, the position that Whoopi Goldberg finally portrayed within the critically acclaimed movie.
After Khan revealed who Spielberg requested her to play, Hudson advised her viewers: “Imagine Chaka Khan as Celie, y’all?”
“Woulda been hot,” Khan replied.
“That would have been a whole other Color Purple,” Hudson quipped.
“The Color Purple”, which starred Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Goldberg, was produced by Spielberg and Quincy Jones.
Based on Alice Walker’s basic 1982 novel, the movie facilities on Black girls from the agricultural South through the early a part of the final century, attempting to outlive and thrive below merciless situations.
The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, together with Best Picture, Best Actress for Goldberg and Best Supporting Actress for each Winfrey and Margaret Avery.
A brand new film musical adaptation of “The Color Purple,” produced by Spielberg and directed by Blitz Bazawule, is at the moment within the works.
The upcoming musical is about to star Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, Fantasia Taylor as Celie, Colman Domingo as Mister, Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Halle Bailey as Nettie, Corey Hawkins as Harpo and singer H.E.R. as Speak.