Lee Daniels credits his “openness” to his success.
The 61-year-old filmmaker surprised the movie world when he persuaded Oprah Winfrey to come out of retirement to star in his 2013 film ‘The Butler’ and shocked audiences when Nicole Kidman urinated on Zac Efron in ‘The Paperboy’ , and he wrote it on The Willingness of the Stars to Do What He Requires His Honest Approach.
He said, “Sometimes people make fun of my openness. But sometimes people hug me for who I am and they open up. I don’t know how to live any other way. “
Lee’s conviction didn’t work on one occasion, however, when he failed to convince Oprah Winfrey to play in Prisoners.
When asked if it was true that he couldn’t persuade Oprah to take on Kathy Bates’ role in a “Misery” remake, he told the Guardian Weekend magazine, “It wasn’t a” Misery. “It was this one Film with Hugh Jackman and the hunt for a serial killer [‘Prisoners’].
I said, ‘I can make her do it [play the killer], ‘and Paramount kicked me out of the room thinking I was crazy.
“So I called Oprah and said, ‘I want you to do this,’ and she said, ‘You’re crazy, I won’t do that.’
“So I called Gayle [King, Winfrey’s best friend] and said, “Gayle, tell her to do it.” And everyone looked at me like, “What’s wrong with you?”
“I continued to hunt [Oprah] for a couple of weeks until I realized oh my god she really won’t. She is not under my spell! “
When asked if it was the first time that someone had not done what he wanted, he exclaimed: “Yes!”
Meanwhile, the filmmaker USA vs. Billie Holiday admitted that people don’t always understand why he shows people of color in his films who don’t behave perfectly.
He said, “People misinterpret my intention. It’s so hard to show the truth because the truth is interpreted in so many different ways. But I’m okay if I take the hit – because Billie Holiday got bigger hits from blacks. “