With his upcoming film Precious getting ready to hit the big screen, Lee Daniels just recently sat down with the Advocate for an interview. The openly gay director has some phenomenal films on his roster. And it seems with each new film he raises the bar more and more. To his credit thus far we've seen Monster's Ball - the hit which garnered Halle Berry an Oscar. The Woodsman - a rather dark film which allowed Kevin Bacon to enter the world of pedophilia as a recovering addict. Also he is the jewel behind Shadowboxer - this also dark piece of cinema starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren as a pair of hired killers (and lovers).
The common thread to his films thus far is this - they are all great and they're all a bit dark. None of his films are feel good movies. Please don't go to see a Lee Daniels movie if you forgot to take you're Prozac. They're may be serious consequences. And from the looks of it Precious will hold true to form. If you're slightly depressed then this will not be the film for you.
Precious (based on the novel Push by Sapphire) is the story of young girl that has lived a very serious, very hard life. The movie will star Mariah Carey and Monique. And adding more stellar power to the credits Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey signed on as executive producers of the film. It is a film that I believe is shaping up to be one of Daniel's best. I can't wait til I have my ticket in hand for this one. If you have not seen the trailer please check it out here.
It's great to see Lee Daniels elevating his craft and becoming more and more of a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. I love the fact that he is achieving success in Tinseltown. A place where just recently it was stated you must be closeted in order to be on top. Well Daniels in on top of his game and as an out Black man that is amazing. He is a role model for me (and I'm sure for many others). Check out the Advocate interview here.