Oprah Winfrey asked permission from Forest Whitaker's wife so she could get cosy with the star in a bid to create chemistry for Lee Daniels' The Butler. The media mogul, who plays Whitaker's onscreen partner in the hit drama, would often rub the actor's shoulders and hold hands with him in a bid to create real chemistry for the film, but insists she spoke to his real wife, Keisha, about it first.
She tells U.K. talk show Loose Women, "I wanted to have real chemistry (in the film). I would just sort of ease my way over and go behind him and rub his shoulders and just stand there and rub his shoulders.
"Sometimes sitting on set I would purposely go and sit next to him, I would put my hand on his knee and start rubbing his knee... I called his wife first and said 'You know, I'm trying to build a relationship' and it actually worked."
Whitaker, who plays a butler who worked at the White House under eight consecutive presidents, previously said of Winfrey's dedication to the role: "It was an amazing experience for me. (Winfrey) was so committed to our relationship. In between the scenes, when we're trying to develop our rapport and continue to build our connection, she would be so generous, she would rub my back, or, you know, we'd walk hand in hand to the set and talk, and I think it led to the magic of us being able to really be connected in the film."
"I felt pretty good about it, let me just say. Forest is a good kisser, how about that? Thank you, Keisha Whitaker." Oprah Winfrey on locking lips with actor Forest Whitaker, her movie husband in new film The Butler.
The Oscar-winner is in trouble with California tax authorities, who filed a $185,253 (£115,783) lien against him and his wife Keisha at the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds in January (11).
It's not the first time the actor has fallen behind with his finances - in 2009, the Detroit News reported Whitaker owed $1.27 million (£793,700) in state and federal taxes.
The Last King of Scotland star, who previously starred in TV drama The Shield, was asked to front the upcoming cop series by bosses at America's CBS network earlier this year (10) and he admits returning to the small screen was an easy decision to make.
He says, "They approached me at the right time - I have two children who are 11 and 13, and I want to see them."
But Whitaker insists his TV stint will not put an end to his Hollywood career as an actor and director.
He adds, "I don't see boundaries like other people do. I'll do whatever. I'll do a video. I'll go direct. I just like to create. And I'm having a great time on the show.
"Sometimes I think, 'Am I going to have enough discipline? Am I going to be disciplined enough to get up and write (movies) when I need to?' Otherwise, when I’m doing it (TV show), it’s a blast - I won’t do as many movies. I’ll do one a year; I’ll try not to do two. So one movie a year - that’s what most of my peers do anyway."
Whitaker and his wife Keisha are parents to young girls Sonnet and True. The actor also has two older children, daughter Autumn and son Ocean, from previous relationships.
Francesca Eastwood, the 16-year-old daughter of Eastwood and Frances Fisher, is among a select group of finalists chosen to participate in Le Bal des Debutantes.
Whitaker's 17-year-old daughter Autumn, with wife Keisha, also leads the contingent, according to the New York Post.
The event will mark its 19th year at the Crillon Hotel in Paris, France later this month (Nov09).
Last year's (08) event saw Scout Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, make her society debut in front of her famous family.
Here's a complete list of winners for this year's SAG Awards...
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Winner!
The Station Agent
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - Winner!
Peter Dinklage, The Station Agent
Ben Kingsley, House of Sand and Fog
Bill Murray, Lost In Translation
Sean Penn, Mystic River
Film: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Patricia Clarkson, The Station Agent
Diane Keaton, Something's Gotta Give
Charlize Theron, Monster - Winner!
Naomi Watts, 21 Grams
Evan Rachel Wood, Thirteen
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Al Pacino, Angels in America - Winner!
Justin Kirk, Angels in America
Paul Newman, Our Town
Forest Whitaker, Deacons for Defense
Jeffrey Wright, Angels in America
TV: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Sex and the City, HBO - Winner!
Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Will & Grace, NBC
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Shalhoub, Monk - Winner!
Peter Boyle, Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace - Winner!
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond
Lisa Kudrow, Friends
Debra Messing, Will & Grace
Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Meryl Streep, Angels in America - Winner!
Anne Bancroft, Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Helen Mirren, Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Mary-Louise Parker, Angels in America
Emma Thompson, Angels in America
TV: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Six Feet Under, HBO - Winner!
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS
Law & Order, NBC
The West Wing, NBC
Without a Trace, CBS
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under - Winner!
Stockard Channing, The West Wing
Tyne Daly, Judging Amy
Jennifer Garner, Alias
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Allison Janney, The West Wing
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Kiefer Sutherland, 24 - Winner!
Peter Krause, Six Feet Under
Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace
Martin Sheen, The West Wing
Treat Williams, Everwood
Film: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain - Winner!
Maria Bello, The Cooler
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Whale Rider
Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April
Holly Hunter, Thirteen
Film: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Tim Robbins, Mystic River - Winner!
Alec Baldwin, The Cooler
Chris Cooper, Seabiscuit
Benicio Del Toro, 21 Grams
Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai
Screen Actors Guild Awards 40th Annual Life Achievement Award
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