Thursday Morning Man: Tate Taylor!
Tate Taylor may not have earned an Academy Award for writing and directing The Help, but he wins the award for best looking director hands down!
He’s also up for a Writers Guild award this week, a BAFTA and two NAACP Image Awards for the film and is also its executive producer.
The Help is just Taylor’s second feature film as a director following 2008′s Pretty Ugly People which featured Melissa McCarthy in the cast as well as The Help cast members Octavia Spencer and Allison Janney. The three actresses also starred with Taylor in his 2007 award-winning short film Chicken Party.
So how did Taylor get to direct one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful films of 2011?
He insisted on it.
“The studios, other than Dreamworks, didn’t want to produce it because I insisted on directing it,” the openly gay Taylor told the UK’s Gay Times
. “… I can’t say that I blame them. You know, on paper, you just don’t let someone with limited experience, such as myself, go down there with a pile of money and start making a complicated ensemble piece. In the Hollywood economics and the business model I’m not a sure-fire hit. So, I was the reason and it only took me being stubborn and Dreamworks studios, being really cool, said ‘You know what? Let’s give it a shot’.
As an actor, Taylor has had roles in the films Winter’s Bone, Wannabe, I Spy and Breakin’ All the Rules. He has also had guest spots on Queer as Folk, Sordid Lives: The Series and The Drew Carey Show.