Terrence Howard as Howard in Lee Daniels' The Butler surprised Oprah Winfrey with his coat hanger twirling expertise Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Terrence Howard hands his microphone to Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
What we do see is a marvellously unsettling scene in which Howard explains their colliding worlds with the help of two wire dry-cleaner coat hangers. "That hangers thing came from I don't know where," Winfrey said, who wears every wild fashion mutation from the Fifties to the recent past in this movie, including a tight black and white Seventies jumpsuit.
Terrence Howard displays his coat hanger twirling skills at the Waldorf Astoria with The Butler screenwriter Danny Strong being interviewed in the background Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
After the press conference at the Waldorf Astoria the next day, I held up - taking on the role of a magician's assistant to Howard's act - two hangers I brought with me from my neighborhood dry-cleaners. Howard took on the challenge, and without a moment of hesitation began to demonstrate his skills, drawing a crowd of media.
The Butler is released in the US on August 16. Read what Liev Schreiber, James Marsden and Minka Kelly said about the film, here.
Coat hangers autographed by Terrence Howard for The Butler. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze