A man was shot and in critical condition – after being gunned down for suggesting that Halle Berry should play Aretha Franklin in a new biopic. The argument over whether Halle Berry would play Aretha Franklin in her upcoming biopic occurred on Thursday in a barbershop, according to a report.
According to local reports, Michael Jermell Hatton, 44, allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the other man, Tony Jonathan Lundy, 47, at around 10:45 AM. The two were discussing which actresses should play the deceased legend. Tony suggested Halle Berry, and the two started arguing. Eventually police say that Michael pulled a gun and shot Tony, who is now in critical condition.
Police said Hatton, was arrested and charged with aggravated malicious wounding, shoot/cut/stab or wound in the commission of a felony, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm in public with injury for shooting Lundy.
Michael also was treated for injuries and transported to a local jail, where he was being held without bail.
The men apparently were debating casting choices for a movie based off Franklin’s memoir “Aretha: From These Roots.”
Halle Berry turned down the role of the “A Natural Woman” singer, saying it was because she couldn’t sing.
“I can’t sing!” Berry said in 2011. “If I could carry a tune, I’d consider it. Someone should tell Aretha that I can’t do her justice.”
The role eventually went to Jennifer Hudson — though Franklin made it clear she preferred Berry.
“She was my first choice. Everything’s subject to negotiation, and she shouldn’t underestimate her own talent,” Franklin wrote in a letter to “The Wendy Williams Show.” “There are a number of other leading ladies out there that can definitely handle the role. I never expected Halle to sing. She’s an actress, not a singer. Many actors have portrayed vocalists by lip-synching to the artists’ original recordings.”