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The Terence Howard/Oprah Winfrey 'Little' Love Scene In 'The Butler' That Became An Epic Scene

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 15, 2013 2:03 PM
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In case you haven't heard, Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard have a love scene in Lee Daniels' upcoming drama, The Butler.

Oprah even posted a picture of she and Terrence while shooting that scene, which we shared on this site last October when it happened (the photo is above), which generated a few comments here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Skip ahead to last week when, while doing press for a film he's currently starring in, Dead Man Down, Howard was asked about that love scene with Oprah, and he said something about appreciating Oprah's "tig ol’ bitties" (his exact words, not mine) and the fact that she is a "lovely, voluptuous woman."

We didn't post that interview on the site, but I did share it on Facebook and Twitter, and it was met with several disapproving comments, blasting Terrence for talking about Oprah that way. In fact, it became a bit of a controversy. 

This morning, a clip from an upcoming Steve Harvey interview with Oprah on his show, was uploaded to YouTube, in which they discuss the love scene between Oprah and Terrence in The Butler, as well as address Terrence's comments about Oprah's boobs.

In the clip, Oprah says that the love scene was initially supposed to be: "a little scene... and because Terrence Howard misbehaved, it turned into a bigger scene... and then it turned into an even bigger scene..."

She goes on to say how much of a "misbehaving kind of boy" Terrence Howard is - probably because, as Howard himself stated in the "tig ol' bitties' interview, he was so mesmerized by Oprah's voluptuousness, and just couldn't help himself, and the "little sex scene," became a bigger, and still bigger sex scene.

I imagine this is a topic that will come up again, closer to the film's release date this fall.

Oprah also says she wasn't offended by Terrence's words, because, well, as she states... you'll have to watch the video to find out.

So, yes there's apparently an *epic* love scene in the film between Terrence Howard and Oprah! You probably didn't see that coming did you? Although, while this is a Lee Daniels-directed project (a filmmaker who isn't at all hesitant to be risque with his material), The Butler is expected to be a PG or PG13 movie (unless that's changed closer to release date), so don't expect some Monster's Ball-style romp (Daniels produced that film) between the two actors, or for Oprah to pee on Terrence like Nicole Kidman does to Zac Efron in The Paperboy, which Daniels produced and directed.

The Butler has a loaded cast that also includes: Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, John CusackAlan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo,Liev SchreiberJesse WilliamsMariah CareyYaya DaCosta, and many more.

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

The Weinstein Company acquired USA distribution rights to the film, for an October 18, 2013 release.

The film is scripted to cover several decades in the life of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served many presidents.

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.

Here's Oprah with Steve Harvey:

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  • Marie | March 20, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    Every time I see this still with Oprah overdoing it, I just laugh!

  • Aaron | March 18, 2013 8:42 AMReply

    This has me interested in Oprah's billion dollar boobs. Now I want to see this film for the love scene alone. lol

  • ALM | March 17, 2013 10:15 PMReply

    The video confirmed what I was already thinking. Some people were offended, but Oprah was a little bit flattered by Terrence's comments.

  • Winston | March 15, 2013 11:33 PMReply

    Now I HAVE to see 'The Butler'.

  • Aswilliams | March 15, 2013 7:43 PMReply

    I remember like two months ago when Harry Lennix said when they approched him for a role in this film and gave a tremendous rant on the substance of this film and how it degrades and perpetuates black people. I totally agree with what Mr. Lennix has to say about this film coming from a director like Lee Daniels that puts his films based on lust and things of the sexual grativifying and perverting nature. If we as Afro-Americans after seeing such films as Monster's Ball and Precious are going to sit and watch a film of this nature that gets into the subconcious minds of a people then we are doomed for disaster. This should be a reawakening on all forms of black filmmaking and how it is portrayed on screen when it deals with this kind of subject that deals with lust.

  • Little Richard's Son | March 16, 2013 6:02 PM

    If all black films were "light-hearted" and "safe", they would be boring as hell, not to mention misleading. Believe it or not, "Precious" was based on real events that have actually happened to certain blacks, and since the author decided to tell that story, let her. I doubt the average white person even remembers the film, but uppity blacks keep bringing it up. People on this site always talk about writing about what you know and getting your stories out there. That's exactly what the writer of "Precious" did. Black cinema needs ballsy movies right about now. "Precious" had a positive message anyway depending on how you look at it, and who can front on Mo'Nique's powerhouse performance? The girl got down.

  • Nadia | March 15, 2013 6:50 PMReply

    What I'm more surprised by is that Oprah is on the Steve Harvey show. Lol!

  • D.A. | March 18, 2013 4:17 PM

    They said the same thing when they found out he was close friends with Michael Jackson. I wouldn't underestimate a man's network or his net worth.

  • Donella | March 15, 2013 6:16 PMReply

    Oh, is THAT why Terrance told Sway he couldn't talk about his lady (Oprah). LOL

  • sagevalentine | March 15, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    Oprah does not pay Terrence any mind. He showed his crazy when he stated that if a woman have baby wipes in her bathroom, she is unclean. That and his "racist" white wives.

  • Jeni | March 15, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    I would have appreciated a pee scene--Terrence is the worst. Oprah's far cooler about his unprofessional ways than I would have expected, but I guess she realizes that the controversy might help put butts in seats.

  • ALM | March 17, 2013 10:16 PM

    @ Jeni: Dang, girl! Tell us how you really feel about Terrence. Did he do something to you personally? :)

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