Director Lee Daniels (Precious) is still reeling from the mixed reaction his sexually-provocative drama The Paperboy received from critics and audiences.
While the film did get some strong reviews, it mostly generated publicity because of its infamous scene in which Nicole Kidman‘s character urinates on Zac Effron’s after he is stung by a jellyfish.
Daniels’ next film promises to be far more demure. He is making an all-star film about Eugene Allen, a White House butler, who served eight different presidents over three decades.
The Butler stars Forest Whitaker in the title role and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, in her first film role in over a decade, as his wife.
“I can’t go into my bag of tricks on this one,” Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter. “No urination, no baby falling down the stairs, no cursing at all. We only have one ‘f**k,’ which Lyndon Johnson gets. I felt like I directed the film in handcuffs and a muzzle.”
The highly-anticipated film is due in theaters later this year.
Click here to view some behind the scenes shots from The Butler, courtesy of Oprah Winfrey.