Listen to Looch: Jennifer Hudson shines as Aretha Franklin in 'Respect'

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Mary Lucia talks about 'Respect,' the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson. (Mary Lucia; Luke Taylor | MPR)
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This week, Mary Lucia talks about the Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson.

"Jennifer Hudson is an amazing singer," Mary says. "We know that. Hudson was handpicked by Aretha, which I think makes it more special to portray her.

"She's also an amazing actress," Mary continues. "Jennifer Hudson's performance is so nuanced. You have to have somebody who is an amazing singer like Hudson, and she doesn't always necessarily sound like Aretha — I don't think it was something she was going for, to emulate Aretha's exact sound — but there's certain camera angles and certain scenes where you know Hudson really did her homework and really studied."

Watch more of what Mary has to say in the video above. Respect is directed by Liesl Tommy. The film is screening in theaters, and it can also be found on Amazon Prime Video, where it is available to stream for $19.99, as well as on Vudu, Google Play, YouTube and other rental services.

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    In addition to her prowess as a performer, 'Respect' also highlights Aretha Franklin's talents as a music arranger. Left to right: Henry Riggs as Tommy Cogbill, Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin, Alec Barnes as Jimmy Johnson, John Giorgio as Chips Moman, Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler and Joe Knezevich as Tom Dowd in RESPECT, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. (Quantrell D. Colbert / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.)
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    Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin and Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler in RESPECT, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film (Quantrell D. Colbert / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.)
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    'Respect' also highlights Aretha Franklin's talents as a music arranger. In this scene, Franklin (Jennifer Hudson) arranges Otis Redding's 'Respect' for her own performance. Left to right: Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin and Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin in RESPECT, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. (Quantrell D. Colbert / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.)
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    Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin and Forest Whitaker as her father C.L. Franklin in RESPECT, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. (Quantrell D. Colbert / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.)
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    Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in 'Respect' (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.)
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    Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in 'Respect' (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.)