Filmmaker Lee Daniels had to talk Andra Day into playing jazz and blues myth Billie Vacation in his new biopic, although he did not assume she used to be honest for the characteristic.
The Empire creator and director admitted he did not assume the singer would acquire the performing chops to represent Billie in The U.S. vs. Billie Vacation, nonetheless there used to be one thing he saw in her after they met to talk about the film that made him realise she may presumably impact it, then he had to convince Andra to join.
Lee told Good Morning The US: “I did not assume she used to be honest for the characteristic until I met her. She did not assume she used to be honest for the characteristic. She used to be like, ‘Are you definite I will play Billie Vacation?'”
He went on: “I stumbled on myself on the halt of the assembly talking an actor, who I did not need for the characteristic, into playing the characteristic.”
Explaining: “I could presumably tells that she cared for Billie’s legacy so remarkable and wished to reveal it honest and impact it honest and there used to be no system I could presumably philosophize her the different to audition, and when she auditioned it used to be over with,” the director added: “It used to be a slam dunk. l acquire below no circumstances labored with someone like this sooner than in my occupation.”