Patti LaBelle Turned Down “Shug Avery” Role, But Wait ‘Til U See Why
same sex kiss between Shug and Miss Celie. Patti says, “I told Steven Spielberg I couldn’t be in his film… I wasn’t kissing a woman. I regret it because it was just acting. She (Shug) was in the tub, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. So after I saw the movie, I said, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have gotten so nervous about doing something that’s acting.’ I should have shut up and just done the screen test and maybe I would have been Shug Avery.”
We agree with Patti…maybe she shouldn’t have been so head strong about that kissing scene because she missed out on the opportunity to be a part of not just a classic movie, but a movie where the overall message was far more powerful than the minuscule, although much needed same-sex kissing scene.
Margaret Avery did a phenomenal job bringing “Shug Avery” to life though and now that we’ve scene her, it’s hard to imagine anyone else for the role, although we absolutely love us some Patti.
In our humble opinion, The Color Purple is a historical piece that many people will still be learning from for many generations to come…long after we’re all gone from this earth. They just don’t make films like that everyday. As far as Patti’s decision, it’s just like the Old School saying goes: ‘You live and you learn’…lesson learned for Ms. LaBelle.
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