Tina Turner, at the height of her 80s comeback popularity, turned down the role of Shug Avery and opted instead for the role of Aunty Entity in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome".
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Patti LaBelle auditioned for the part of Shug Avery.
Steven Spielberg admits that his greatest mistake in directing this film was his lack of courage portraying the lesbian relationship between Celie and Shug. At the time of filming, Spielberg feared that overt sexuality between the two characters would alienate audiences, a decision he now regrets.