Beyoncé debuted her retro 'do today on the set of Cadillac Records, where she plays legendary soul singer Etta James. Last month Etta spoke to PageSix.com about the hurdles Beyoncé would have to clear to walk a mile in her gold heels. "Etta James ain't been no angel!" she said at the time. "I don't think she looks like me, but that's all right. They can fix that up," Etta told us. And by the looks of things, Beyoncé is slipping into the role just fine.
Well now ... it looks like they "fixed that up" quite nicely. All it took was a short blonde wig to get the look right. I think it's interesting that Beyonce has been cast in the role of Etta James ... not that Etta is at all like the character of Deena Jones in Dreamgirls but I suspect that Beyonce will end up playing that same character in this new movie. I dunno, maybe it's the period pieceness of the films that make me expect the similarities (or maybe it's my lack of faith in Beyonce's acting). Xtina Aguilera has said numerous times that she is a really big fan of Etta James (I believe they even sang a duet together) so it would've been interesting if she had gotten the role of Etta in Cadillac Records instead. She may not look much like Etta James either but, then again, they could've "fixed that up", too. [Source]