Jennifer Holliday, the original Effie, went on Wendy's radio show yesterday and had some, well, interesting things to say about the new Dreamgirls movie. Hearing this interview, it's really not hard to see why those involved with the movie might not have wanted her to be at the premiere. Here are some quotes and links to audio clips of the interview (Just a warning, she spoils a pretty big part of the movie. The first part of the interview is where most of the juicy stuff is):
-"Actually I was sort of invited to the premiere tonight and then I got called and said that it was a misunderstanding and that I wasn't invited to the premiere, but that it was an actual screening that I was invited to but they didn't have a date for that screening."
-"I'm also still a young woman still out here trying to work so if you're trying to cancel out my existence and my contribution to Dreamgirls...so then if you're trying to do that then what is to become of me, are you trying to say that two people can't be out here singing the same song? It's like, I'm not a millionaire and I don't have any kind of precious possessions, no children, this legacy, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" is the only thing I do have and I do need to work so it's alright if they have a movie so can't they just have me be wonderful too? Can't both of us just be wonderful? My thing is, please don't try to kick me to the curb."
-"One guy who's working on the music with the movie... he was saying, well, Jennifer Hudson has an absolutely wonderful gift and I think the torch has been effectively passed... I'm not passin no torch, 'scuse me, are you all trying to force me into retirement? Because..I still need to work so if we both sing...can she sing it..and I sing it..can we both sing it?"
-"Give a Dreamgirl a break, I did give the girl the opportunity to do this... I created the role, no one gave me the role, I created the role."
-"This story of Dreamgirls, we also want people to understand, is not the same as the play, what they've done is taken the brand of Dreamgirls and our fans and done a bait-and-switch."
-"Fortunately for me, I owe most of my survival, towards going into this new millenium, to the gay community. They have kept me, they have supported me, they have given me work, they have given me great respect. They also are really the ones who kept this whole thing going until it could be rediscovered."
Part 1: http://www.badongo.com/file/1824443
Part 2: http://www.badongo.com/file/1824495