Franklin in film plea to Berry
Aretha Franklin has asked Halle Berry to reconsider playing her on the big screen.
The Oscar-winning Monster's Ball actress has said she couldn't play the Queen of Soul in a forthcoming biopic about her life because she can't "carry a tune".
But in a letter read by US talk show host Wendy Williams, Aretha is reported to have wrote: "Many actors have portrayed vocalists by lip-syncing to the artist's original recordings."
She added: "I would have liked Halle Berry to portray the older Aretha in the upcoming biopic of my life based on my memoir Aretha: From These Roots."
Halle insisted her voice isn't up to the challenge at the Golden Globes red carpet.
"I can't sing! If I could carry a tune, I'd consider it. Someone should tell Aretha that I can't do her justice," she told Ryan Seacrest.