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Viola Davis says 'The Help' is 'missed opportunity'

The actress feels uncomfortable that the story is largely told from the viewpoint of a white woman.

Published: 22nd October 2018 12:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2018 12:19 PM   |  A+A-

Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in 'The Help' (Photo | IMDB)

By IANS

LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis says she considers "The Help" to be a "missed opportunity".

"Listen, 'The Help' changed my life in a lot of different ways. First of all, the friendships that I got - that experience is something I know I'll never have again. And Tate (Taylor, the director) is a great collaborator," Davis told theguardian.com.

The actress, who played the part of Aibileen Clark, one of the maids, added: "I don't want them to feel that I am blasting them in any way. It has nothing to do with the players."

Instead, she feels uncomfortable that the story is largely told from the viewpoint of a white woman.

"It has something to do with the culture - that I don't feel that people want to see, want to hear that voice in that time period. Because what it will become is an indictment, and it shouldn't be. I look back at that movie as a missed opportunity."

The film is set during the Civil Rights movement and Davis feels it was "just too filtered down".

The acclaimed actress wishes "The Help", based on a 2009 novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett, would have presented a more well-rounded version of history.



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