The Help actress Viola Davis has hit out at those who have criticised the movie, claiming that The Help is a fantastic story. Many people had complained about the fact that they did not want to see African American women playing maids on the big screen but Viola has hit back stating that story in The Help was too good to turn down.
Davis explained, "If what the African-American community wants, which is what I want, is a vast array of storylines on screen, then I think that they have a point. I think that we want to see different people on screen other than the maids, other than the urban mother, other than the gang-banger. OK? So it's valid in that sense. But this movie still, regardless of all of that criticism, is a great story."
She added, "I've always wanted to be the black girl with an Afro in a John Ford movie, with the only backdrop being the land. I've always wanted to do sci-fi. I've always wanted to play some grand sweeping figure in history. And I've always wanted to create work for other actors of colour. For me, it's about passing on the baton." Viola Davis is up for the Best Actress Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards.