Out of the shadows

Giltz, Michael
May 2006
Advocate;5/23/2006, Issue 963, p50
The article deals with the decision of film producer Lee Daniels to direct his first movie, Shadowboxer, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Helen Mirren. Nobody thought he should cast Halle Berry in the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball, the stark drama that marked his entry into film producing. Someone probably said no when Daniels decided he wanted to direct his first movie, but Daniels has no interest in dwelling on any obstacles he may have faced in Hollywood as an openly gay black man. Clearly, hard work and smarts have allowed Daniels to make opportunities for himself, and he is passing on that access to others.


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