The narrative: An adaptation of the biography "Winnie Mandela: A Life," the drama delves into the personal and political life of Nelson Mandela's second and former wife, revealing her fight to dismount apartheid, and the surrounding controversy that never seemed to fade.
Actor's push: "If you fail at Nelson, you don't get to comeback and say, `Well, I was trying. Let me do it again.'There are no re-takes. I knew that it would either kill my career or give birth to it."
Director's pull: "Terrence Howard is my all-time favorite actor. I just think that guy's an astonishing man, and I got him and it was amazing," said the film's director Darrell Roodt of "Prey" and "Yesterday." "And Jennifer" when I saw her in "Dreamgirls" I was busy writing Winnie at the time, and I said this is a really interesting human being."
Did she meet Mrs. Mandela? Turning the tables to Jennifer Hudson, the actress never crossed paths with Winnie Mandela, largely because of the film's director. "I desperately wanted Jennifer to meet her," said Roodt. "But the South African producer [Andre Pieterse] convinced me otherwise. And I think ultimately he was right, because [Winnie Mandela] is such a controversial character that if we had done this with her blessing, it might've been perceived as a whitewashed movie. But it's not that at all. It really embraces the dark times as well as the good times in Winnie Mandela's life."