Jennifer Hudson talks Sundance's 'Mister and Pete,' Grammys and Alicia Keys collab
When you think tattoos and heroin addiction, the name Jennifer Hudson comes to mind, right? 1_vm0lhv06
Fans of the Oscar-winning singer and actress have never seen her in such a state, but they will in "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," a film that has harder edges than its cutely rhyming title implies. Hudson plays a wayward mother to a child on the cusp of his teenaged years in New York.
"I've never had a drink before, I've never been drunk, unsober, in my entire life… I would never get a tattoo! It could not have been the furthest thing from myself," she told me on the "Mister and Pete" red carpet last night (Jan. 17).
The film's directed by George Tillman, Jr. ("Notorious," "Barber Shop") who has an affinity for casting and working with musicians as actors in his films. So it's little surprise that Hudson has some musical co-workers, including Jordin Sparks and the executive producer of the film, Alicia Keys.
Keys also wrote the score to "Mister and Pete," so is there any room for Hudson's Grammy Award-winning vocals in the film? And is the door open on a collaboration with Keys in the future.
"God no," she said in accordance with the former. As for the latter, there's a hint of things to come...
Hudson also saw a lot of high action at the Grammy Awards last year, as she was tapped in to sing a tribute to Whitney Houston only a day after the singer died at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Thankfully, Hudson said, she'll be watching the ceremony "from my couch" this year.
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