Labelle Turned Down Color Purple Over Same-sex Kiss02 June 2007
Labelle Turned Down Color Purple Over Same-sex Kiss
The Lady Marmalade singer was approached to play blues singer Shug Avery in the classic 1985 film, but was turned off by the fact she'd have to perform a same-sex kiss during a nude scene and she passed. The role went to Margaret Avery.
But, having seen the film, which is now among her favourites, the singer fears she missed a great opportunity to show off her acting skills.
LaBelle 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."
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