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Angela Bassett said she was never going to cast Bobbi Kristina for the lead in Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic!

Bobbi publicly stated that she’d be the only logical choice to play her mother in any movie about the music legend’s life. Angela, who is directing the movie, disagrees because she flat-out doesn’t believe that Bobbi has the skills to pull off such a lofty role.

“I did not think about casting her; and probably for a number of reasons,” she told Entertainment Weekly recently. “One being that she’s not an actress. I know she’s acted here and there. I know she’s been on their family’s reality show, but she’s not an actress and acting is a craft.”

That’s not a knock to whatever acting Bobbi has done in the past, but Angela wanted someone that could appropriately convey the tone of any given scene in the film. “It’s an attempt to illuminate the complexities of human behavior and life” Angela said. “It’s more than just saying lines and turning the light on. You have to drive the story—there’s a technical aspect.”

Whitney had a very complex life that was packed with controversy and allegations of illegal drug use, and that continued to her untimely passing. However, Angela hopes not to focus on the different scandals in the diva’s life.

“No. That’s one of the things I do appreciate about the story at least, with this first story about her,” Angela said when asked if Lifetime would include Whitney’s death in the movie. “We’re not interested in dragging her life again through, you know, the muck. She had to play out her choices, and the consequences of them, in a very hot, glaring spotlight, but we’re not interested in dragging that through again.”

Even though Angela is hoping to be true to all of Whitney’s story while playing up the more positive aspects of her life, the Houstons are not happy about the biopic. They want nothing to do with film, but Angela had hoped to get their blessing.

“They’re not participating. We reached out to them in the early days; of course we’re not going to do the movie and not say anything to them,” she said. “You can if you’re using public domain, but that’s not our desire. We paid our respects and let the conversation be had, just to get their okay. They certainly could have been not involved and against it.”


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13 thoughts on “Angela Bassett Explains Why She Didn’t Cast Bobbi Kristina For Whitney Houston Biopic

  1. Jules Cherry on said:


  2. Yazzie B on said:

    I feel for Bobbi because she’s looking at this from a daughters view of her mother. She does not have enough experience to pull off such a large task. Angela is right to find some one who does. Bobbi should take some classes and get some acting gigs under her belt, before taking on something so large.

  3. JustMe on said:

    Maybe Bobbi should pay her dues and then maybe she’ll be qualified to call the shots. Unfortunately temper tantrums do not win roles. If Bobbi ever wants to be considered something other than a rich kid with a fat bank account, used to getting her way, it might be a good idea to buy a plug for that mouth. Learn something quick girlfriend, no one owes you a thing. Whitney was a natural, and unfortunately talent is not always inherited. Angela made the right choice.

  4. Bobbi Christina is a spoiled brat with very little acting experience. She should close her nasty little mouth and let the pros handle this movie. Being the daughter does not give her the privlidge of being cast for the part. If she wants a career in the movies, she’d best watch her mouth.

  5. Dangerous BlkMan on said:

    The movie would have been better if Bobbi had the part. When you read what Basset said about Bobbi is not a real actor you need to read between the lines. What she is basicaly saying is that Basset lacks the skills and or patients to use a new actress who is still learning the trade. So basically Basset sucks at her job and depeneds on the talent to get her through her job.

    • JustMe on said:

      Angela made the right choice, not only is Bobbi not talented, but she also looks almost nothing like Whitney, and is too closely connected to Whitney to be able to play the part with any objectivity.

    • Dangerous, please explain how the movie would be better if Bobbi plays Whitney. The girl can’t act. I saw her small role in Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse and she sucked in that. It doesn’t matter that she’s Whitneys daughter and if Angela gave her the part, she’d do the movie so much injustice. Whitney was a sensational woman and awesome humanitarian there needs to be someone who can portray her in an excellent manner and that’s NOT Bobbi!

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