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Jennifer Hudson Tells Why She Turned Down Role of 'Precious'

Wire Report | 12/27/2011, 12:11 p.m.

Jennifer Hudson has revealed she turned down the title role in "Precious" because she didn't want to pack on weight to play the abused single mom.

Fresh off her Oscars victory in "Dreamgirls," director Lee Daniels approached the singer/actress and asked her to consider playing Precious -- but she wasn't interested.

In her new memoir "I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down," Hudson writes, "As much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight."

Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe eventually won the role as Precious, while Hudson became a weight loss icon and WeightWatchers spokesperson.