August 6, 2011 10:15 PM

Actress, author and director rely on one another to turn ‘The Help’ into a movie

If it looks as if Octavia Spencer was born to play Minny in the screen adaptation of “The Help,” it’s no coincidence. Spencer is friends with the book’s author, Kathryn Stockett, and a bit of an inspiration for the character. Spencer also is friends with the film’s director, Tate Taylor.

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