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Why Viola Davis regrets her role in The Help

REGRETS: Viola Davis has revealed the film that disappointed her

VIOLA DAVIS has revealed that she regrets her role in The Help.

Davis starred in the award-winning film, which was released in 2011, alongside Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Her performance earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role, but despite the film’s many industry plaudits, Davis has expressed that she took issue with the film because it did not give a platform to the voices of the black maids.

In the response to a question asked by a New York Times over whether she had ever passed on a role and regretted it, Davis said: “I have passed on a lot of roles. There have been one or two that I regretted for maybe a minute, and then I let it go. As I’m growing older, I pass on roles because of my experience of knowing once the movie’s out, I’m going to have to promote it. And I don’t want to promote anything that I don’t believe in.

“Almost a better question is, have I ever done roles that I’ve regretted? I have, and The Help is on that list. 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.

Davis went on to explain what she found problematic about the film, a period drama adapted from the book of the same name by Kathryn Stockett.

She 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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