As much as it was a film about civil rights and a troubled father-and-son relationship, Lee Daniels’ The Butler was also about Black love.
In the film, which earned $25 million its opening weekend, Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker portray a couple whose marriage lasts decades despite ups and downs.
“It’s time to see [Black love]. There aren’t any films out here, that I recall on a big scale, that show us as us in a way that needs to be shown,” Lee told Stacii Jae Johnson.
“We need more of that,” said Lee who wasn’t just referring to romantic love.
The filmmaker hopes the success of the move, inspired by the real-life story of a Black man who served several U.S. presidents in the White House, will prove to movie studios that audiences want to see more Black families on the big screen.
“I hope that this film will get Hollywood to make more movies about Black families because we don’t have them,” he said.
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Photos: Black Film Faves
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