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Helen Mirren Was Asked to Star in 'Precious'

The Oscar-winning actress was originally asked to play the role of Mrs. Weiss, played by Mariah Carey.

Director Lee Daniels worked with Mirren on the film "Shadowboxer" and approached her to be in the now Oscar-nominated "Precious." Mirren was already committed to another role at the time and had to turn it down.

Watch an interview with Carey and Daniels as they dish about the casting of Mrs. Weiss.

"Precious" comes out on DVD March 9.