Franklin in film plea to Berry


Halle Berry has said she can't play Aretha Franklin because she can't sing

Aretha Franklin has asked Halle Berry to reconsider playing her on the big screen.

The Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball actress has said she couldn’t play the Queen of Soul in a forthcoming biopic about her life because she can’t “carry a tune”.

But in a letter read by US talk show host Wendy Williams, Aretha is reported to have wrote: “Many actors have portrayed vocalists by lip-syncing to the artist’s original recordings.”

She added: “I would have liked Halle Berry to portray the older Aretha in the upcoming biopic of my life based on my memoir Aretha: From These Roots.”

Halle insisted her voice isn’t up to the challenge at the Golden Globes red carpet.

“I can’t sing! If I could carry a tune, I’d consider it. Someone should tell Aretha that I can’t do her justice,” she told Ryan Seacrest.

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