Jennifer Hudson Offered ‘Precious’ Part! Guess Who Else Almost Got Famous Roles (PHOTOS)

| December 28, 2011 - 10:40 am

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Before she slimmed down to a size zero, Jennifer Hudson admits that she was offered the role that put newcomer Gabourey Sidibe on the map. In her new book I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, JHud reveals that director Lee Daniels approached her to play the role of Precious in the heart wrenching book-turned-movie of the same name.

The Dreamgirls actress wrote (via Uptown Magazine): “I had done that with Effie (Jennifer’s Oscar winning role) … and as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight.”

Click through the pics to see other celebs who almost got the part. 

In 2009, Lee commented to The Guardian about casting for the role of Precious, saying, “We were weeks away from the shoot but I still hadn’t found Precious. Do you know how difficult it is to find a 300 pound black girl to be great in a movie? They don’t exist in Hollywood.”

Gabourey was chosen for the part and later went on to be nominated for a slew of awards including a SAG, Golden Globe and Oscar. 

Do you think Jennifer could have played the role of Precious? Sound off in the comments!