Oprah Passed On Masturbating Maid Role In ‘Paperboy’ + Lee Daniels On What He Owes Blacks

Oprah Passed On Masturbating Maid Role In 'Paperboy' + Lee Daniels On What He Owes Blacks

All the behind-the-scenes reports on this film are maybe more interesting than the film itself, or at least give you some idea of just how much of a spectacle it is. 

From yesterday's post on the battle between Nicole Kidman and director Lee Daniels over her character's use of the N-word, to this post revealing that Oprah Winfrey was initially offered the role that would eventually go to Macy Gray, that of maid Anita, Winfrey turned it down. 

And even though he may have been disappointed by her rejection, Daniels now says that it was probably for the best, because, in thinking about what Oprah would've had to do, like masturbating on a floor, he now sees that Gray was better suited for what he was going for, stating, while doing press for the film, “everybody has [their] own interpretation. She would have played it very stoic, you know, something very different. I think Macy Gray was the right choice after all.

And with regards to his representation of a maid in the film, Daniels said that he wanted his depiction of a maid to challenge those portrayed by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in The Help, adding, “I just didn't think that the maids were right [in The Help], because I had so many family members that were maids. I really wanted to tell my version.

Well, I guess maids are human beings too, right, and like all human beings, they masturbate.

And, finally, I thought this other quote from Daniels would generate some debate:

"I owe it to African Americans to bring my A game… Some of this shit [that is released] is just wack. I take movies very seriously. And I speak for people that do not have a voice, and I owe it to my comrades that are bullied and beaten and that are told that they are nothing."

Of course, there are those who'd question whether Daniels is bringing his "A game," given his attraction to chaos on celluloid. He's a man that lives on the fringes; but that's what makes him the filmmaker that he is.

I've seen The Paperboy, and I can tell you that, at the very least, you probably won't be bored.

The critics aren't too high on it though, with a 43% consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Comments

monkeysuit

I agree with most of the comments below. Daniels is a sensationalists in the worst ways. He thinks he's doing something for black people with his gross portrayals? Puh-lease.

isee

He's an artist, what do you expect???? If you don't like it don't watch it.

isee

He's an artist, what do you expect???? If you don't like it don't watch it.

Denise

What has your world come to when your job is to play a maid that masturbates on the floor? Lee reminds me of a creepy, dude mumbling stuff to me on the street. "Your father is your baby daddy." "You pee during sex." Now this creepy dude is a director that people think is talented and he will continue to find funding for his fantasies. Lord help us all.

ALM

I got creeped out when he connected his family members with the actions of the housekeeper character.

Mark & Darla

@Tamby
Well, I guess maids are human beings too, right, and like all human beings, they masturbate. LOL

Miles Ellison

He must be using a different alphabet.

Anton

Armond White accurately labelled Lee Daniels a shrewd pathology pimp. If he thinks "Shadowboxer," "Precious" and "Paperboy" is bringing his 'A-game' then I'd hate to see what type of movies he'll deliver if he's off his game.

He's a black John Waters who takes himself way too seriously.

JMac

If this is his A game, he needs to go back to school… and not the one that taught him the best way to get attention is exploit the female body as much as possible. For a gay man, he certainly seems to be to preoccupied with female sexuality.

Adam Scott Thompson

I don't care if a black filmmaker moves us forward as a people — just don't set us back (you know who you are).

vdub0408

hmmmm… his 'A' game. yep, i think that is exactly what he has been bringing… however, gotta remember that an 'A' can be relative.

Im just saying...

At least the help had more roles for black actors than you offer.

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