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“The Butler” Director: Oprah Needed Time to “Understand Not Being in Charge”

When it comes to most things, Oprah Winfrey is pretty much the queen of the world.

But Lee Daniels tells “The Hollywood Reporter” that when he was directing “The Butler,” it was important that the talk show maven take cues.

Right off the bat, Daniels told Winfrey that he was unimpressed by her first take, in which she was taking her son to the bus station to join the fight for civil rights in the ‘60s.

“I said, ‘No! That sucks! What are you doin’? It’s not real! It’s fake!” he told “THR,” laughing. “She was like, ‘Huh?’ – just sort of reeling from that. It took her a minute to understand not being in charge. But I think she almost got off on it.”

Daniels’s comments seemed to work, as Oprah was praised for her role in the film, which earned more than $145 million worldwide on an estimated $30 million budget.

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