*On Sunday’sepisode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Forest Whitaker and David Oyelowo, join the film’s director Lee Daniels to talk to Oprah about shooting the historic film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” They also share the experience of making the film in New Orleans.
“The Butler” follows Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker, who was the head White House butler that served eight presidential terms. Oprah’s character is his wife, and his son, played by David Oyelowo, also have standout performances among the other actors.
The cast talks with Oprah about their feelings on social justice and how their film acts as a form of protest.
“I mean, there’s different ways of protest,” Whitaker says. “And I think, more importantly, I should have said it’s a call for us to recognize that we need to stand up at times for issues and social injustice. This man is doing it by his mere presence. Sometimes by your simple presence, you can shift an environment.”
The cast members have acknowledged the power of the characters they portray in film and the path each one paved for other African Americans to succeed. Forest Whitaker and Oprah discuss how people should view the occupations of the service-people they play.
In another clip Oprah declares, “None of us would be sitting here today had there not been the maids and the butlers, none of us would be.”
Wath it tomorrow, Sunday at 9pm/8pm central on OWN.
Watch the clips of the interview below: