Director Lee Daniels has recently revealed that in his new feature, The Paperboy, the role of Anita the maid was originally offered to Oprah Winfrey before Macy Gray would go on to take the role.
However, not so shockingly as Shadow and Act pointed out, Oprah was not trying to simulate masturbation on the floor on screen. Daniels explained while doing press for the project that Macy was better suited for the role than Oprah because “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.”
As for his role as a Black filmmaker, Lee Daniels noted his position:
“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.”