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Forest Whitaker is Daniels’ titular butler in question, Cecil Gaines, who thanks to a 34 year tenure as butler at the White House, was witness to historical events inside the presidential palace, serving more than eight American presidents.
You’ve got to have a big cast on hand to cover the political and social events that span from 1962 to 1986. The Butlerfeatures some well-known actors in high profile roles including Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Melissa Leoas Mamie Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Not to mention the cast of Gaines’ family, friends and political activists played by Oprah Winfrey, »
- Rachel West
If there was ever a more ambitious film than "The Butler," we have yet to discover it.
"Precious" director Lee Daniels efforts to recapitulate — through the real-life eyes of a lone, stolid White House butler — pretty much the entire twentieth century as it related to the American Civil Rights Movement. With a cast list that reads like a flat-out roll call for the Walk of Fame, Daniels presents the working life of Cecil Gaines (real name: Eugene Allen), a man who served eight consecutive U.S. presidents during his career and witnessed history being made first-hand.
The first trailer for "The Butler" has now been released, and boy oh boy are we impressed with all the acute caricaturing going down here ... and all the feels we feel.
Forest Whitaker leads the cast as the apolitical Mr. Gaines, a man whose directive is to ghost around the Capitol without putting in »
- Amanda Bell
The Weinstein Company has unveiled the trailer for "The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker and directed by Lee Daniels (Precious). It's set to hit theaters on October 18h. Check it out below. Plot: The story revolves around a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. The movie also stars John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King Jr. Trailer: »
3 items from 2013
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