Butler Director Lee Daniels to Oprah Winfrey: “You Suck”

He also told her to shut up.

Filmmaker Lee Daniels has never been one to shy away from confrontation. Just watch any of his films, and that much is clear. And according to a new interview that the Philadelphia-area native gave to the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, Daniels had some choice words for Oprah Winfrey, who stars in The Butler, his latest film. (The movie just opened in England.)

He’s also, he says, a tough boss on set – and he made no allowances for Winfrey, playing her most substantial dramatic role in years. “Here’s how I talk to her: ‘Shut up and say the line. Just say it. That’s fake. You suck. I’m out of here.’ I’m serious! She’s used to being in control, so it was liberating for her.”

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