Lee Daniels: 'I had to teach Oprah how to wash clothes for The Butler scene'
The filmmaker is hoping to reteam with Oprah for his Terms of Endearment remake.
Lee Daniels had to teach Oprah Winfrey all about washing clothes for a scene in his 2013 The Butler biopic.
The director reveals he was forced to stop filming when it became clear Oprah had no idea what she was doing.
"She was watching (character) Cecil's clothes in the washing machine and it was like a bad (I Love) Lucy episode," he recalls. "The whites were with the darks... and the non-wet clothes were going in the dryer.
"I had to stop the scene and I said, 'What's going on? Do you know how to do laundry...' She didn't know and I was like, 'You mean you don't know how to do laundry? OK, let me show you.'"
Lee now realises he may have embarrassed Oprah in front of the crew.
"She was like, 'Lee, I haven't done laundry in a very long time', and I was like, 'Awww'. She'd done it years prior. It was funny."
But the awkward moment on set in the deleted movie scene didn't ruin Oprah's friendship with Lee.
"She's the best," he tells Access Hollywood Live. "Hopefully we will be working together again."
The two pals may team up for the Terms of Endearment remake, with Daniels convinced she will want to be part of his project.
"She says, 'If I like the script!'" Daniels reveals. "You'll like the script! I love it (Terms of Endearment story). It's beautiful and I'm telling it from the lens of the African-American experience during the 90s and the 80s."
The writer/filmmaker reveals his version of the Larry McMurtry novel will focus on the AIDS epidemic.
"(The character) Flap, in my version, has HIV... and so he gives it to the Debra Winger character, who's played I don't know by whom and Oprah is left to deal with the terms of accepting him, given that he's given her daughter HIV."
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