South Africans Don't Like Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela

An actors group in South Africa is trying to stop Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson from portraying Winnie Mandela in a new film. Apparently it's nothing personal against Hudson -- the Creative Workers Union of South Africa said using foreign actors to tell the country's stories undermines efforts to develop the national film industry.

"It can't happen that we want to develop our own Hollywood and yet bring in imports," the union's president Mabutho Sithole said in The Citizen newspaper.

It was South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt -- whose films include "Cry, The Beloved Country" and "Sarafina" -- who chose Hudson for the role last month. Even still, "This decision must be reversed, it must be stopped now," union secretary general Oupa Lebogo said in The Times. "If the matter doesn't come up for discussion, we will push for a moratorium to be placed on the film."

This comes days before the opening of the film "Invictus," about the 1995 South African rugby team World Cup victory. There are some big American names behind it -- Clint Eastwood is the director, Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela, and Matt Damon is the star rugby player.

Winnie Mandela stood behind her husband for decades, campaigning tirelessly for his release during his 27-year imprisonment in the apartheid era. But just two years after he got out of prison, the couple separated.

Her image was tarnished by a series of scandals including her links to the kidnap and murder of a young activist, and a 2003 conviction for fraud.


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