One scene that isn't hard for Danny to watch is the lively dinner scene, which he says is one of his favorites. The Color Purple cast and crew worked six days a week, but on their night off, he says they went out on the town. The night before they were scheduled to start shooting the dinner scene was no exception. "We had all been partying," he says. "And we came there, I mean, just wasted."
That morning, Danny says Adolph Caesar, the actor who played his father, even forgot his teeth in his hotel room. "Steven [Spielberg] was kind of saying, 'What is going on here?'" Danny says.
This memorable shoot lasted three days. "By the end of the three days, the ham had gone sour," Oprah says. "We didn't want to look at that food."
What many fans don't know is that the little girl sitting next to Oprah at the dinner table is Whoopi's real-life daughter, Alexandrea Martin, who was just 11 years old at the time. Oprah also reveals that she ad-libbed her lines in this scene. "Steven said to me, 'Just tell Miss Celie how you felt when you saw her in the store,'" she says. "I was just sort of making that up."
Then, on the final day of the dinner shoot, Oprah says something happened that she'll never forget. "This was my first time I'd ever acted, and I was so unsure of myself and everything. Whoopi came over, and she gave me a hug," she says. "And she said, 'Today, you became an actress.'"