The movie -- about a White House head butler named Cecil Gaines -- takes viewers through eight U.S. presidencies. It also took Oprah through a mega transformation: For her high-profile role of Cecil's wife, Gloria, she had to appear 95 years old!
On "Next Chapter," Oprah chatted with fellow cast members Forest Whitaker and David Oyelowo, along with the film's director Lee Daniels. (The movie boasts an impressive all-star cast that includes John Cusack, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, and Vanessa Redgrave -- just to name a few!) But she also gave a peek at her extreme makeover (or should we say make-older?) for her role as devoted wife Gloria Gaines.
Check out this promo for "Oprah's Next Chapter":
Academy Award-winning makeup and prosthetics artist Matthew Mungle worked his magic on Oprah's face, causing the 59-year-old to declare, "It's no fun getting older!"
During the process, she Instagrammed a pic with the caption: "Fun day. Makeup artists doing a silicon cast for my face for new movie the BUTLER directed by Lee Daniels."
On "Next Chapter," Oprah went into detail about her incredible transformation: "First, the design team made a mold of my face. They then created a silicon skin that was glued on to add jowls and wrinkles. The wig, bald spots included, is from veteran wig maker Victoria Wood. After a wardrobe change, contacts to give the eyes a cataract effect, and five hours in the makeup chair, the metamorphosis into 95-year-old Gloria Gaines was complete."
Speaking of wardrobe changes, costume designer Ruth Carter told Entertainment Weekly that it was no easy feat to design period costumes for a film that spans 80 years. But clearly it was a labor of love, especially when it came to Oprah's character.
"Just as Jackie Kennedy was first lady at the White House, Oprah's character was the first lady of the Gaines house and of her community. I tried to create an [equally] iconic persona for her," she said. Carter described Oprah's "enthusiastic" attitude during costume fittings but dished on one point of contention: hair curlers.
"[Lee Daniels] wanted Gloria to wear her hair in curlers under a scarf -- those big plastic curlers with the pins -- outside to the Greyhound bus station when she's escorting her son as he goes to go off to college," the designer said. "[Oprah] felt that a woman of her stature in her community would not ever be seen in hair curlers out in public… It took us forever to convince Lee. He would not back off the curlers! So I sent him a text one day, and I said, 'Did you want the first time we see Oprah in this film [to be] in curlers? Is that the image you want to present?'"
In the end, Daniels ditched the curlers. (But he left the '80s leisure suit in!)
By the way, Oscar is already buzzing, but that's old hat for Oprah, too. In 1985, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie "The Color Purple." Could another acting nom be her next chapter?
"The Butler" will be released in theaters on Friday, 8/16.
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