Saturday, June 28, 2014

Angela Basset Explains Passing on Bobbi Kristina


From the moment the Lifetime network announced that a Whitney Houston biopic was in the works Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristna made it clear that she felt she was the only logical choice for the starring role [click here if you missed that].

First time director Angela Bassett explains why she didn't even consider it....

Entertainment Weekly asked Whitney Houston biopic director Anglea Bassett if she considered Bobbi Kristina for the starring role and she replied,
"No, I did not think about that. I did not think about casting her. And probably for a number of reasons, you know. One being that she’s not an actress. I know she’s acted here and there. I know she’s been on their family’s reality show, but she’s not an actress and acting is a craft. It’s an attempt to illuminate the complexities of human behavior and life. And this is a very fast-paced schedule; we have just 21 days to tell this story. It’s more than just saying lines and turning the light on. You have to drive the story—there’s a technical aspect." 
In the interview Angela Bassett talks about meeting Bobby Brown for the first time on the set of Waiting to Exhale and says the Lifetime biopic is merely a trailer for a big screen effort being planned by the family.

Read the full interview here 

75 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah she could have just said Bobbi likes coke like mom and dad and not an actress.

Anonymous said...

JUST LEAVE THAT UP TO ANGELA BASSETTHOUND BOBBI C BECAUSE IF SHE MESS THIS BIOPIC UP U SHOULD PERSONALLY SLIP HER IN HER FACE.

Anonymous said...

Why did i clicked?

Anonymous said...

I knew that this film would just be a preview to a real movie later on. Of course Bobbi wouldn't get the part. Anybody who knows anything about Angela Bassett knows she does NOT play about her craft. Sometimes she takes it TOO seriously. I remember reading that her and Jenifer Lewis didn't get along on the set of Meet The Browns because Jenifer was playing around and Angela doesn't play on the set lol

Anonymous said...

And if Angela gets anybody fucked up in this biopic whether it be Bobby, Cissy or Robin I expect any or all of them to drag her for filth.

Anon said...

Whitney COULDN'T act either. They surrounded her with true thespians in all her movies.

Anon said...

I appreciate Miss Bassett for career longevity. She turned down "Monster's Ball" becoz that was hoe shit and she was a proud Black woman. Now she is directing.
Fuck that Oscar,Halle hasn't done nothing of merit since then now she 's on tv. From movie screen to tv screen. And paying those white baby daddies outta pocket .

Anonymous said...

Angela doesn't have to explain to anyone why she passed on a non actress.

Anonymous said...

That is the prettiest picture I have seen of Bobbi. But it's a highly filtered Instagram photo. Photoshop and Instagram filters are an ugly person's best friend.

KenyaDoll said...

@6:43

I can tell Angela doesn't play but I like that. Did you hear what she said about Woody "I'm a Proud Pedo" Allen?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mandrake/4623545/Angela-Bassett-asks-Where-are-the-black-actors-in-Woody-Allens-film.html

The article is old but it's funny.

Anonymous said...

@Kenya

I'll read it later. I like Angela too but she seems like one of those people who is always "on" and it gets annoying. It actually makes perfect sense she picked Yaya because she was the EXACT same way on ANTM lol

Anonymous said...

@Anon

But the film is about Whitney Houston the PERSON, not the actress. So the actress playing Whitney has to be Whitney the PERSON, as well as Whitney the not-so-good actress. It's actually pretty deep.....acting that is.

Anonymous said...

Great interview! Angela was direct and professional with her responses. She did an excellent job of explaining why she didn't consider casting BK as Whitney. I admire her honesty. I hope BK doesn't take this negatively. In fact, she should thank Angela for pointing out the pedigree to become an actress and the challenges that come with portraying a character. Hopefully, BK will take this in positively and stop chasing an acting career that will never happen. Go to school, BK. Let the school advisers help you explore possible careers. It's refreshing to see Angela expanding her career into directing. I hope to see more movies directed by her down the road.

Anonymous said...

There is something very unsettling and morbid about wanting to play one's deceased parent. A parent child relationship if to complex for a child to play the parents role. Who would even want to explore that. To play a part briefly is on thing but the whole role?
that's just eerie to me
seems like lil miss brown has some sort of sense of entitlement here, willing to use her dead mommy's name to get into the business, smh

(angela was nice enough not to say bobbi is no where pretty enough, nor charismatic to play here mother either)

Anonymous said...

I appreciate Miss Bassett for career longevity. She turned down "Monster's Ball" becoz that was hoe shit and she was a proud Black woman. Now she is directing.
Fuck that Oscar,Halle hasn't done nothing of merit since then now she 's on tv. From movie screen to tv screen. And paying those white baby daddies outta pocket .

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please!! if halle had did that same scene with denzel u woulda called it cinematic brilliance!! ur just a racist ass bitter POS! and lol at u talkin about halle's career while angela is doing tyler perry movies!! SIT!

Anonymous said...

^ Halle has been reduced to doing a tv show which is gonna FLOP so calm down.

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!! said...

I disagree acting is a gift. There are many in life who may never get to realize that gift. It comes from a certain space inside an ability to transform. Some are better than others.

Many of the best actors are those that have seen and felt alot of pain like Bobbi. Angela should have let her screen test. How do you know her gift if you haven given her the chance.

Tupac out shined every actor on the set.Angela was wrong and her comment was, mean spirited. There are so many Actors who are horrible and never had the gift but you see them in movie roles all the time.

Try some humble pie Angela and remember you were once a nobody in Tinsel town who needed a break!

Anonymous said...

Bobbi was being overly ambitious. Now if she wanted to play Bobby Brown she would have gotten the part. The resemblance is uncanny.

8:30: angela has a t.v show TOO...ur point being.

@8:03 : call me crazy but I always thought bk had something to do w/ Whitneys death. No one knew where she was at fhe time and I can see her holding her momas head underwater. Her interview w/ Oprah was cringeworthy as well and I raised mh eyebrows. Maybe tptb put her up it?! I dunno. Something is wayyy off about her . Creepy even. Just a theory. Who knows?!

Anonymous said...

If you don't like what she said, don't watch it. Save yourself the headache you're causing on yourselves. Many others will be watching. Angela Bassette has a lot of respect amongst her peers and her own fan base.

Anonymous said...

8:48
You are really dumb as fuck.

Anonymous said...

@8:48

The point BEING don't put Halle on some imaginary level when her and Angela are doing the same damn thing at this point.

Anonymous said...

I kind of agree with u @8:48pm
Whitney was no ones dummy
It took using someone close to her to take her out
I was rooting for Whitney to overcome her demons
RIP Whitney, u and your music will never be 4gotten

Anonymous said...

@KenyaDoll

Thanks! That article was very on point and funny.

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!! said...

This is Angela's first directorial debut. Shes not a director by her own logic and she shouldnt even have been considered .

So my reply to Angels statement is WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!

Anonymous said...

@8:47: Not as you are closed minded. Stranger things have happened. I don't doubt bobbis love whitney for minute. That doesn't mean she wasn't jealous or spiteful of her beauty, talents and the fact she was internationally loved and recognized for. Bobbi was / is an ugly, attention starved addict. Young ,vulnerable and easily lead astray. This is evident in her actions. So some slick / fast talker could have sold her some magic beans (a dream) to murder Whitney. Stranger things have happened. So until someone can place her @ the time of Whitney's death, besides the bk saw her last ( that's not good enough for - the culprit is the last to see the vic alive) then I stand by my theory. Prove me wrong. You can't. Because like me, you dont kno. Fuck you.

Anonymous said...

According to what I read, Angela was never asked to do Monster's Ball

Anonymous said...

@9:32

I believe Whitney was murdered as well but I don't think Bobbi did it. If you recall, earlier that day Bobbi was rushed to the hospital due to an overdose. She got into the stash that was MEANT for her mother. Whitney didn't take the dope so somebody had to come in her room and finish the job. I think she was strangled on a bed and then placed inside the bathtub. Whitney was in LA for a week already partying, drinking and drugging with who? RAY J. It was also alleged that Whitney had had a recent abortion. I believe someone (Clive) paid Ray to hang with Whitney in her last days, and give her that lethal stash to die on. Remember it was stated that there was meals for two in her room, but it was NOT eaten. Ray didn't play on eating his only order was to leave the tainted coke. Only Bobbi got to it first. The industry thrives on rituals. Do you know when Whitney's first album was released? February, the time of the Grammies, and Clive's pre-grammy party. Now when did she die? February, during grammy week, the same day as Clive's party. Grand opening, grand closing.

Anonymous said...

Angela is a Harvard grad, she doesn't have time for little Bobbie.

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!! said...

@ 10:55 WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP !!! George Bush went to Yale and whats your opion of him. Angela is ignorant a poor actor and an unexperienced director. Her comment was unpolished hurtful and totally inaccurate by Hollywood standards.

zeeedeee said...

I love Angela the actress but she does seem a little tight in the ass..and Jennifer Lewis is my mf girl!!..any hew it was mighty white of her to address this bullshit at all..this is her DIRECTORIAL DEBUT why would she be taking a chance and putting herself on the line for the likes if a non singing non acting totally entitled bad attitude unattractive crackhead who just happens to be related?..Nah

Anonymous said...

Besides Bobbi not being an actress, ain't nobody got time for her coming in late, disappearing, getting high, having mood swings and attitudes, having to pay a make up artist extra money to turn this frog into a queen. And lastly, putting up with her POS husband on the set.

Anonymous said...

(angela was nice enough not to say bobbi is no where pretty enough, nor charismatic to play here mother either)
8:03 PM
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I totally agree. BK is old enough to know that she's not very attractive, didn't inherit any of her mother's looks, can't sing and can't act. If she keeps going around thinking she's entitled because she's Withney Houston's daughter, someone is going to really hurt this girl's feelings one day.

Anonymous said...

harvard, I thought she graduated w/a masters from Yale. Any case, Angela's the real deal. I'm so glad she just said the god honest truth: bobbi's not an actress. Hollywood continues to give parts away to the likes "popular" people just to sell tickets. Whitney was pretty. No one wants to see Bobby Brown in drag singing the greatest love of all on camera. Bobbi looks just like her dad. Stop playing.

Anonymous said...

NAH SONNNN!!! Said: When Whitney was in Central Park a few moons ago and brought Bobbi on stage to "Caw-Caw" with her (yep that bird sounded like a bird!) you could tell right then and there lil mama had zero talent. Now if she'd invested time in pursuing her craft instead of committing incest, Maybe Angie would have have given her the time of day. AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DAT

Anonymous said...

True that @ 7pm. Whitney couldn't act worth a damn and never should have been in ANY films. Real actresses have worked for years to hone their craft, then comes along Beyonce, Whitney, or whoever to take their role.

Angela Bassett should have had Whitney's role (Savanah) in "Waiting to Exhale" and Vanessa Williams should have had Angela's role (Bernadine). That's how it was planned until Whitney's people (aka Clive Davis) pulled out the big guns and forced the producers to use Whitney.

The last thing Angela Bassett is going to do is to put a non-actress in a starring role one of her films. Hell will freeze over first.

Divaish said...

Don't nobody wanna see BC ugly opportunistic ass play Whitney...Now maybe they could cast her as Bobby Brown ..but Whitney?hell naw!

Anonymous said...

@9:37

Vanessa Williams dry ass can't act either. Angela WAS Bernadine. Snitch cut it out.

Anonymous said...

Angela is a BITCH in real life, people give her know every damn thing attitude a pass.

Anonymous said...

@6:42
Lol and Cosign.

Anonymous said...

@1:23 pm Bobby-Kris is that you Boo?

Cause I saw your Tweets talking out the side of your neck about Angela B.

Has anyone seen them Tweets of Bobby-K calling Angela a damn man?

Anonymous said...

Whitney brought her fame to the table with those acting roles and a guaranteed banger on the soundtrack. Angela knows that Bobbi just brought problems to the table. She doesn't even look like Whitney, she looks 100 percent like her old man. If Bobbi wanted to act she could go to LA and start a career. She'd get some looks out of curiosity alone. Instead she'd holed up with her husband doing God knows what. No agency to her life. Angela is wise not to fuck with her. Sad but true.
Oh and there was no conspiracy with Whitney's death. The broad was a cock head till the end. That shit will kill you sooner or later one way or another .

Anonymous said...

@1:50 I was just going to type about Bobbi's Tweets... Angela didn't say anything bad to warrant that. Bobbi is living on cloud cuckoo if she truly believes she'll one day win an Oscar. She comes across very rude and disrespectful.

Anonymous said...

@2:09 pm

True.

Also why you think Tyler Perry didn't phuck with Bobby-K after that little stint she had on his show, "For Better or Worse"?

Her acting on that show was a wrap on her career. In all goodness, yes this broad could've gone out to Hollywood and started with commercials or promoting a charity for kids of drug addicted charity to get known. But No! She had to stay laid up with some dude raised to be her brother. I think the girl really believes she's entitled to any acting role cause of her parents status.

But she was very disrespectful to Angela with them Tweets. That little Diarrhea Tweetis enough for any producer to stay the hell away from her.

Anonymous said...

There's a HUGE conspiracy to Whitney's death. Like the 2 loud bangs heard coming from Whitney's room. Bobbi K drowning in the bath twice before Whitney was killed, i mean died. The pre-Grammy party going ahead, while Whitney's body lay dead a few floors above. Whitney's body being held in the hotel room for hours while celebs partied a few floors below. Everything about Whitney's death is fishy and abnormal.

Anonymous said...

Angela is about honing ones craft, professionalism, having talent and having some form of acting skill(s). Angela don't play. Bobbi Kris is a very self-entitled, delusional person. If she's so serious about acting (judging by her Tweets) why doesn't she go to an acting class and learn the craft. Go to drama school or something. She's expecting to get movie roles just because her parents are famous. It's crazy, and life doesn't work that way. If she had some acting ability, her parents name could've maybe helped her get roles. But, she's very deluded if she thinks she's going to get movie roles just because she's Whitney and Bobby's daughter.

Anonymous said...

@2:09

Whitney had coke in her system but that is NOT what killed her. She had bruises all over her body and she was found in a bathtub.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe the conspiracy stories in this blog about Whitney's death. Whitney was a drug addict like so many other singers: Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison (Rock n Roll guy of the 60s) and Billie Holiday, and like these singers, Whitney spun out of control and allowed the drug(s) to take control of her, until she OD'd. She will be remembered for her beautiful voice as well as her drug addiction.

Anonymous said...

Whitney had coke in her system but that is NOT what killed her. She had bruises all over her body and she was found in a bathtub.

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she had bruises on her body???receipts???? [crickets]

Anonymous said...

Vanessa and Angela are great actresses....the DELUSION

Anonymous said...

@3:03

Can your dumb ass read? Do you know what Whitney's LISTED cause of death was? Asphyxiation by way of drowning. She did NOT overdose. She was murdered.

zeeedeee said...

Bobbi k need not EVA NEVA be talkin bout what somebody look like!

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!! said...

Let me critique Angela based on Her Career as actress I will be as cold an empathetic as Angela was.

To date, Angela's highest award in her career feild of which she considers herself an professional thespian of the highest caliber is a Golden Globe. She obviously has not earned the respect of her peers.

Angela basset is most known for playing Tina Turner and being in low budjet Urban Films in other words the Chitlin Circuit. In other words Hollywood has no confidence in her Box Office draw or Mass Appeal.

She went in Yale on an affirmative action program called Upward Bound and her Class Curriculum was Drama. In other words she was given a handout she wasn't smart enough to go Yale and her family wasn't rich enough to send her. She also wasn't smart enough to earn a regular degree so she took the easiest choice, Drama.

By her own standards she did not deserve a handout, a freebie to go to Yale and her degree choice of Drama was the easy way out .

She has no exsperience as a director, no honors by the Academy in the feild of acting, no blockbuster box office sucess and no business directing a movie because she is not a movie diretor.

By her own standards she has not been a sucessfull actress and has earned the lack luster chitlin circuit roles she has been cast in

If she really wanted sucess as a DIRECTOR and really wanted critical acclaim she would have started out directing a Broadway Play versus a Chitlin Circuit made for TV movie.

















Anonymous said...

@12:13pm

Vanessa isn't a great actress, but she's better than Whitney on Whitney's best day.

The role Bassett played (the one that should have went to Vanessa) didn't require a good acting. But Whitney's role (the one that should have went to Bassett) required serious chops and Whitney didn't have it.

Terry McMillan didn't like it either, but there wasn't a damn thing she could do.

Black actors and actresses hate when singers come along and get lead roles and rightly so.

Anonymous said...

Bobbi is a child, Angela hurt her feelings and spit on her dreams. How about helping like Angela was helped by getting her placed in acting program. Or offer to mentor.

Say something nice like well she has her mother's eyes and passion and we are going to work with her to get her to her star potential we have other projects she will definatley be involved in
and we are using her as a consultant on this project . Be a mentor like someone was for you.

P.S. @4:44 Angela should read all of this ! Everything in 4:44 a couple of times.

Anonymous said...

The nerve of this golden globe Bitch. 55 years old Aunt Jemima
Black Sambo Step and Fetch It 30 years in acting and all got is a golden globe non acting Stevie J face making Z lister. Justin Beiber got more awards than her!




Anonymous said...

@4:44/5:24 aka the same person

You forgot that Angela was NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD for WLGTDWI which means at one point she was considered amongst the best. Also, Bobbi is NOT a child. She's a 21-year-old married woman.

Anonymous said...

@5:38 Okay clearly you're a troll bringing up Justin Bieber smh

Anonymous said...

The role Bassett played (the one that should have went to Vanessa) didn't require a good acting.


dumbest comment ever............

Anonymous said...

@4:44 PM A lot of black people (past & present) got their jobs because of Affirmative Action. Do they fall under the same category of 'freebie' like Angela Basset?

Anonymous said...

Awards dont define an actor dumbasses. What awards does sam jackson have?? Danny Glover?? Diahann Caroll?? please log off if you cant stop being a total moron

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!! said...

@5:24 read it again. I said won. Nominated is not a win. I was talking about the highest award she has ever won. And that is a GOLDEN GLOBE. THAT IS HER HIGHEST WIN EVER to repeat myself since you didnt catch it the first time you read it.

The purpose of what I wrote was to be overly critical of Angela Basset and say things that were not necessary and hurtful. I used her demeanor, you can be critical and honest without being mean.
I analized and critiqued her career the same way she did Bobbi truth hurts huh. Angela has more than enough exsperience to be wise with her words .

The fact that she didnt and wasn't is why her career has never risen above Golden Globe status in 40 years in Hollywood and she is directing Chitlin Circuit made for TV movies. I know the words that Im saying are very very critical and and show zero empathy but they are the truth ANGELA BASSET STYLE!




WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!! said...

I ment @5:42 not 5:24 and futher more I agree awards dont mean ZILCH in regards to talent but if Im going to critique her career based on the same critiria she used against Bobbie Angela having never risen above GOLDEN GLOBE STATUS shows her own peers
have deemed her unworthy to be included in the ACADEMY!


Anonymous said...

Hold the phone.

Angela Bassett was in the business BEFORE the Academy started giving token awards to Black actresses. Her lack of an Oscar certainly has NOTHING to do with her talent. That bitch can act CIRCLES around ANY actress you stack her up against.

Also....please take note. ANGELA IS NOT A CASTING COUCH WHORE who fucks to get awards and A-list roles. She has EARNED everything that she ever got on her FEET and not on her BACK.

Anonymous said...

Hows those chitlins taste Angela. Lol Justin Beiber got more awards than Anna Mae Angela. Eat that cake old roast beef puss loose Puss thotty.

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!! said...

I agree awards dont mean ZILCH in regards to talent but if Im going to critique her career based on the same critiria she used against Bobbie

Angela having never risen above GOLDEN GLOBE STATUS shows her own peers have deemed her unworthy to be included in the ACADEMY!

So by her own salty holyier than thou acting is a serious skill analysis she is a failure as judged by her peers.

I can assure you it is that very reason she is so salty and bitter .

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!! said...

@6:42 This message was for you!

I agree awards dont mean ZILCH in regards to talent but if Im going to critique her career based on the same critiria she used against Bobbie

Angela having never risen above GOLDEN GLOBE STATUS shows her own peers have deemed her unworthy to be included in the ACADEMY!

So by her own salty holyier than thou acting is a serious skill analysis she is a failure as judged by her peers.

I can assure you it is that very reason she is so salty and bitter .

Anonymous said...

Lol they filmed the underground railroad in Angelas Puss.

Anonymous said...

@7:03

I did not find anything that Angela Bassett said in her interview to be anywhere near as harsh or cruel as you make it out to have been. She simply stated the truth....BK has no major acting credits to her name on film, stage or TV. She has NEVER been cast as the lead in anything. It would be wrong to take advantage of her family name, and just give it to her due to nepotism, have her set up for failure and ripped to shreds by film and TV critics. Furthermore, a 21 day shoot does not afford time or the money for multiple takes to try to get it right. She wants someone who knows what they are doing and can work quickly. Nothing wrong with that. If CB wanted the role, she should have done her own project, raised the money, financed it and cast herself in it. But we all know that scatterbrained mess of a child is all talk. She is too busy staying on Twitter beefing with her own family to get any project done.

Anonymous said...

Da mn the hate is real,I never thought I would read any negative comments about a married actress who has shown nothing but class. Women we gotta do better. Insecure females tearing down strangers

Anonymous said...

@756


you know its just bobbi kris and her husband/play brother

Anonymous said...

Are yall clowns serious??? u really think bobbi kris can play whitney freakin houston?? with that face and body?? GTFOH!!

Anonymous said...

This is sad Bobbi Christina thought she could play her mother, she is a drug addict and if she does not get help she will end up dying from her addiction. Sad she does not see herself as a the crack head she is with a user husband.

Anonymous said...

there are times i think angela lays it on too thick for some roles (jump the broom..comes to mind), but she's a baddddd actress and can hang with the best of them. vanessa williams is also a good actress (ms america). now vanessa williams from soul food tv show aint a good actress at all. bobbi kris, stop burning bridges. i know you have 20M bucks, but um, yeah, no point in being a spoiled kid cuz you didn't get what you wanted. u have millions of bucks do your own project.

Anonymous said...

i woner why it seems nobody has considered that BK should not play her own mom because that could send her off even faster on her downward spiral by stirring up old memories of her mom...plus, i don't think she would want to portray the honest bad things about her mom that the world already has an idea went on behind the scenes...

Anonymous said...

Ms.Bassett you don't have too explain yourself!!!

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