Arts Dreamgirls is Turning Me into a Total Faggot
posted by December 1 at 11:28 AMon
So if you haven’t heard already, the film version of the smash Broadway musical Dreamgirls is due on screens this Christmas. I never saw the show, haven’t heard the soundtrack, don’t like musicals, and am actively repelled by one of the film’s stars (that means you, Jamie Foxx.)
Nevertheless, I am nearly jumping up and down with excitement to see the film, and it’s entirely the result of the avalanche of hype being dumped on Jennifer Hudson, the former American Idol contestant who reportedly steals the film, leaving the cast’s high-wattage star power—Foxx, Beyonce, Eddie Murphy—sputtering in the dust.
For a taste of the intoxiciating buzz swarming around Ms. Hudson, check out this story in today’s New York Post. (This is one of a dozen such pieces that have landed over the past couple weeks.)
I happened to see the Oprah show featuring the Dreamgirls cast, and the segment featuring Jennifer Hudson was one of those Beatles-on-Ed Sullivan/LL Cool J-on-MTV Unplugged moments I won’t forget. The Beatles/LL Cool J parallel is an imperfect one, as Hudson didn’t perform on Oprah—she just came out for an interview alongside Beyonce and Foxx. Still, it was electrifying: Oprah had seen the film, the entire audience had seen the film, and everyone in the entire studio (with the notable exception of Beyonce; see the above link for more on that) was beside themselves with amazement and adoration for what Hudson achieves.
Best of all, Jennifer Hudson was as amazed as anyone. Here she is, this chubby young woman who got axed from American Idol and had been performing on cruise ships, who not only scores a role in a major film with major stars but totally steals everyone’s thunder and then some. “You’ve not just arrived, you’ve smashed through the wall,” said an adoring Oprah to Hudson, who sat there with the stunned smile of a lottery winner.
I love shit like this. Sports fans have their glorious goosebump memories, their Michael Jordans and 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey teams, and pop-art lovers have moments like the Hudson hype, when a chubby underdog comes out of nowhere and kicks everyone’s ass, including snooty glamorous skinny bitches like Beyonce.
Counting the minutes till Dreamgirls and Jennifer Hudson’s glorious Oscar speech…