Viola Davis regrets starring in The Help

2018-09-12 18:00
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Cape Town - Viola Davis gave an award-winning performance as a maid named Aibileen alongside Emma Stone in the 2011 movie, The Help. Although the role earned her a number of awards and nominations, Viola has expressed her regret in being part of the movie, eight years later.

According to E Online, Viola made the revelation during a Q&A interview with New York Times when asked whether she had passed on a role and regretted it.

“I have passed on a lot of roles. There have been one or two that I regretted for maybe a minute, and then I let it go. As I’m growing older, I pass on roles because of my experience of knowing once the movie’s out, I’m going to have to promote it. And I don’t want to promote anything that I don’t believe in,” she explained before making the revelation.

“Almost a better question is, have I ever done roles that I’ve regretted? I have, and The Help is on that list.”

Although Davis also spoke about how making the film in terms of friendships and collaborators was extremely positive, she also explained that the drama was not in the true voices of the maids.

“I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard. I know Aibileen. I know Minny. They’re my grandma,” she said.

“They’re my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and to bring up children in 1963, I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie.” She concluded.

Reports by The Gaurdian reveal how The Help received positive feedback from author Xan Brookes, who described the movie’s moral universe as “rendered in bright cartoonish strokes “ and spoke of the racial inequality highlighted in the movie.

The Help is a broad southern melodrama that implicitly frames the push for racial equality as the tale of oppressed African-Americans who are given their voice by a lone white do-gooder “ he said in a review for the publication.

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