Despite appearances in comedies Goldmember and The Pink Panther, Knowles couldn't convince director Bill Condon she would be able to tackle the dramatic role--which eventually went to Jennifer Hudson.
Knowles insists she was happy to take the smaller part to prove her talent as an actress, saying, "I'm already a star. I already have nine Grammys. Everyone knows I can sing.
"I did this because I wanted people to know that I can act and I can play someone so different from myself."
The “Irreplaceable” singer admits she would have loved to have sung Effie's show-stopping number “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going,” and would have gladly gained weight for the role.
Instead she lost weight to play Deena in the movie.
She explains, "I wish I could have gained 20 pounds and played Effie. I absolutely would have, but Bill didn't even believe that I could be Deena. So imagine if I would've said, 'Bill, I want to be Effie.'
But Knowles has high praise for her costar's performance, adding, "Jennifer Hudson had such pressure. First of all, never being in a film and never having done an album and still having to live up to those expectations, she did incredible."
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