“The Butler” tells the true story of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), who worked at the White House from 1952 to 1986, and Winfrey plays his flamboyant wife, Gloria. “My character progressively becomes an alcoholic and there was this scene where — good Lord today — Lee is saying, ‘Drunker! Do the line, she’s drunker!'” Winfrey said in an interview with People Magazine. “And at one point I go, ‘Lee, if she’s any drunker she’s not sitting up anymore.’ And he’s like, ‘Drunker!’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God, what is happening here?'”
According to Winfrey, her character might have gone in an even crazier direction had Daniels gotten his way. “If it were up to him, I’d have had three love scenes and been naked on the couch, smoking marijuana!” Winfrey said. “But I talked him out of it.”
“The Butler” hits theaters August 16.