Viola Davis regrets her role in ‘The Help’

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Los Angeles, Sep 12 (IANS) Actress Viola Davis says she regrets her role in “The Help”.

“Have I ever done roles that I’ve regretted? I have, and ‘The Help’ is on that list,” quoted Davis as saying.

“But not in terms of the experience and the people involved because they were all great. The friendships that I formed are ones that I’m going to have for the rest of my life. I had a great experience with these other actresses, who are extraordinary human beings. And I could not ask for a better collaborator than Tate Taylor,” she added.

Adapted from the 2009 Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name, “The Help” also featured Emma Stone as Skeeter Phelan, a young woman writing a book collected from the stories of black maids working in the segregated South.

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The film shot Davis to national prominence as she earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Aibileen.

Talking about her regret, Davis said: “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. 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.”



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