From The Grio — Maybe they did it for the money.That’s what it had to be. Why else would two “just ok” actors decide to take on characters as challenging, iconic and complex as Nelson and Winnie Mandela?

Or maybe it isn’t their fault. The trailer for the new movie Winnie was recently leaked, and the results are more than a little disappointing — so who’s going to take the blame?

The film, based upon the life of Winnie Mandela, was first announced, with Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard in the staring roles, people were surprised, to say the least. But now that the trailer is out, it seems that everyone’s apprehensions have been confirmed — this looks like a really bad movie.

I mean, where do we even begin? The painstakingly slow pace of the trailer? The atrocious ‘old age’ make-up? The torturous accents? How about Terrence Howard. Why would anyone think to cast him as Nelson Mandela? Besides the very obvious issue of his skin color being several shades lighter than Mandela, Howard is usually most convincing as a creepy conniving villain. It asks audiences to take a real stretch of imagination to put him in the shoes of a man who single-handedly changed a nation.

And if this trailer is any indication, Terrence Howard went where no imagination could possibly follow. There was no effort to make him even slightly resemble Nelson Mandela, and the accent is just painful. It’s so bad your ears might bleed. Like they tossed out the budget for dialect coaches (and for a decent movie trailer editor) and decided to blow it on a pair of Hollywood actors.

Not to knock Hudson and Howard, but we have to remember, this is no okie doke straight-to-DVD production. This is a film about two iconic, legendary, world-changing , Nobel prize-winning people, who are still alive. It’s one thing to disrespect someone’s life story when they’re dead, but when they have the capacity and mental faculties to watch your lame attempt at recreating their life, and you don’t give it 110 percent, well… that’s just plain wrong.

(Continue Reading @ The Grio…)

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