In a new interview, Lady O is opening up about Lee's directorial skills and his incessant nagging to have her take it off for the cameras!
"We had to keep trying to tame Lee. You have to harness him in a little bit. Because if it were up to him, I’d have had three love scenes and been naked on the couch, smoking marijuana! But I talked him out of it. He wanted me in a naked scene with Terrence Howard! Get out of here! And he would have had the f-word coming out of my mouth every other sentence if it weren’t for the PG-13 rating. It’s calmed down."
But the fact that these two buds shared a set really helped her get into character! She explained that Lee got her doing things out of her comfort zone from the beginning:
"The fact that he can make me—for a dance scene that now lasts less than 40 seconds—dance for six hours straight, and is going, “Faster! Faster! More! More!” I think he gets a kick out of it."
O also revealed how her on-set performance became more alcohol infused as the days went on:
"My character progressively becomes an alcoholic and there was this scene where—good LORD today—Lee is saying, “Drunker! Do the line, she’s drunker!” And at one point I go, “Lee, if she’s any drunker she’s not sitting up anymore.” And he’s like, “DRUNKER!” I’m like, “Oh my God, what is happening here?” But anyway, I suppose it would surprise a lot of people that I can take direction so well, because it’s very hard for me to stay out of it!""
Lee Daniels' The Butler opens Aug. 16, and we can't wait to see Oprah's drunk return to the movies!
Cheers to a sloppy (and fully clothed) O!
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