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Was Helen Mirren the first choice for Mariah Carey's role in 'Precious'?

November 3, 2009 |  3:38 pm


In a bit of news that sounds crazier than it actually is, Mariah Carey told London's "Sunday Mirror" that her role as an unglamorous social worker in Lee Daniels' "Precious" was originally slated for Oscar winner Helen Mirren.

Let that soak in for a moment -- Mariah Carey takes over for Helen Mirren -- and then consider that Ms. Mirren is not only a friend of Mr. Daniels but also appeared in his 2005 drama, "Shadowboxer" -- as a cancer-stricken hitwoman who carries out one final murder with the assistance of her stepson (Cuba Gooding Jr.). Who also happens to be her lover. Ahem.

Ms. Carey is also a friend of Mr. Daniels, as noted in this "New York Times Magazine" interview, and assisted in raising the funds to make "Precious." So, see, it's not so odd that Mariah Carey would take over for Helen Mirren. She is, in fact, getting rave reviews for her performance.

OK, it is odd, but there are perfectly good reasons. 

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Mariah Carey. Credit: Getty Images.