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'I Felt Like I Directed The Film In Handcuffs And A Muzzle' - Lee Daniels On 'The Butler'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 24, 2013 at 12:44PM

'I Felt Like I Directed The Film In Handcuffs And A Muzzle' - Lee Daniels On 'The Butler'
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"It’s very un-Precious and un-Paperboy... I can’t go into my bag of tricks on this one: no urination, no baby falling down the stairs, no cursing at all. We only have one ‘f---,’ which Lyndon Johnson gets. I felt like I directed the film in handcuffs and a muzzle."

Lee Daniels talking to The Hollywood Reporter about his upcoming PG13-rated The Butler, which will be a first for him - films he's directed that were rated PG13.

He did warn at Cannes last year, when The Paperboy premiered that "I’m trying to keep it [The Butler] PG13 which is not easy for me."

Meanwhile, as you might also recall, Harry Lennix, who said he was offered a part in The Butler, after he read the script, called it "N*ggerfied... Historical Porn."

Despite what Lenix said, I'm curious to see what a handcuffed and muzzled Lee Daniels work might look like.

The film is scripted to cover several decades in the life of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served many presidents, and is loaded with a cast that includes: Forest WhitakerOprah WinfreyDavid Oyelowo, John CusackAlan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo,Liev SchreiberJesse Williams, Mariah CareyYaya DaCosta, and many more.

Music for the film will be composed by the legendary Quincy Jones.

Laura Ziskin Production, The Butler is being produced by Pamela Oas Williams, the late Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, and Cassian Elwes; executive produced by Hilary Shor and Adam Merims; and co-produced by David Jacobson.

For our thoughts on the film's script, and casting, read Vanessa's script review HERE, and Natasha's casting close-up of the film HERE.

No release date yet, but it's expected this year.

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