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Help success 'exciting' for Taylor

The Help's director Tate Taylor is "excited" about the film's success at the US box office, but admitted it came as little surprise.

The big-screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel, starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, has surpassed the 100 million US dollars mark in America, and looks set to emulate its success when it comes to the UK in October.

Tate, who wrote and directed the film, said: "I'm pretty excited to have a No 1 movie that has made over a hundred million US dollars. It's a great feeling and feels wonderful."

He went on: "Strangely enough, I never tried to project what was going to happen. I didn't know if it would translate to other parts of the country, but I had a sneaky suspicion that it would.

"So I was not surprised but also, I was not expecting it. I had to manage my expectations but now I can be greedy and indulge my excitement!"

The Help, which opens in UK cinemas on October 28, stars Emma, Viola and Octavia as three very different women in Mississippi during the 60s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.

Tate hopes its has similar success on British shores.

"I have good hopes for the UK. Despite being set in the 60s, the issues are ever present, the characters are ordinary, real people who are accessible and the story has prevailed," he said.

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