Trivia / Dreamgirls

  • Author Existence Failure: Tom Eyen died in 1991, forcing Henry Krieger to collaborate with three separate groups of lyricists on the film's movie bonus songs.
  • Award Category Fraud: Jennifer Hudson won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing Effie White, even though this role is seen as a lead on stage and had earned Jennifer Holliday a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. However, the Academy Awards traditionally reserve Best Actor/Actress for more experienced performers, while Best Supporting Actor/Actress includes newer talent, even if they're in a lead role.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Jamie Foxx originally turned the film down because the salary was insufficient. He changed his mind when he saw that Eddie Murphy and Beyoncé were attached.
  • Billing Displacement:
    • Curtis makes Deena the star of the group and pushes Effie into the background because Deena is more marketable, even though Effie is more talented and the original lead singer of the group. Then for the film version, Beyonce Knowles (as Deena) got top billing while Jennifer Hudson (as Effie) was officially designated a "supporting actress", even though Effie is the main character of the story.
    • Jennifer Hudson got a spectacular "And Introducing" credit and an Oscar, so perhaps it evens out.
  • Cut Song: In the film, "Effie, Sing My Song" would've been sung by C.C. to Effie during their reconciliation at the jazz club, but it was cut after negative test audience reactions. However, it can still be found in the extras on the DVD and is reinstated in the 2017 extended director's cut.
  • Dawson Casting: Despite the fact she played Lorrell, who was the youngest of the Dreams, Anika Noni Rose is the oldest of the three women by almost a decade.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Jennifer Hudson, while having a nice set of curves herself, had to bulk up to play Effie as depicted onstage.
    • Beyonce lost weight, during a break in filming, to make herself look younger for the teenage and early years of Deena Jones.
  • Life Imitates Art: See Billing Displacement in the main section.
  • Method Acting: Bill Condon instructed Jennifer Hudson to show up late on the set every day, to better understand Effie's diva behavior.
  • Remake Cameo: Loretta Devine who played Lorell onstage cameos as a club singer reminiscing about Jimmy following his death.
  • Scully Box: Anika Noni Rose is significantly shorter than Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson, let alone the men, leading to the use of tricks to get her in the same shot as everyone else.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Denzel Washington turned down the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. Will Smith was also considered.
    • Spike Lee considered directing the film in the early '90s, with Jasmine Guy as Deena Jones.
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