Sunday, April 21, 2024

Oprah Winfrey: “I Held a Grudge for a Long Time” About the Failure of “Beloved”


Oprah Winfrey says she “held a grudge” about the failure of her 1998 film “Beloved” directed by Jonathan Demme and based on Toni Morrison’s bestselling novel. Oprah is in London to promote the release of “The Butler.”

“I was so disappointed by the box office reception of Beloved,” Oprah tells Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail. “I took it personally that people didn’t go to see it. Literally.” Winfrey says that when audiences for her talk show told her how much they loved her in The Color Purple (1986), she’d respond “But you didn’t go see Beloved. I held a grudge about it for a long time.”

Oprah also says “Butler” director Lee Daniels had wanted her character, Gloria, to have a bed scene with Terrence Howard. Winfrey nixed that plan.

It’s a great interview, from beginning to end:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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