Trailer Park: Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker in 'The Butler'
May 8th, 2013
01:09 PM ET

Trailer Park: Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker in 'The Butler'

Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard have joked about their intimate scenes in "The Butler," but the just released trailer indicates that the movie's tone is far more poignant than comedic.

Directed by Lee Daniels, "The Butler" is inspired by the true story of a man who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986.

Forest Whitaker stars as the "Butler," Cecil Gaines, and Winfrey plays his wife, Gloria. It's the OWN CEO's first live acting role since 1998's "Beloved."

Given the span of time that Whitaker's character works in the White House, the cast is packed with a parade of A-listers to portray all of those leaders and their families. James Marsden stars as John F. Kennedy, with Minka Kelly cast as his wife, Jackie. Robin Williams is tasked with bringing Dwight Eisenhower to life, while Melissa Leo plays his wife, Mamie.

Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda are Ronald and Nancy Reagan; John Cusack is Richard Nixon; and Liev Schreiber is Lyndon B. Johnson.

"The Butler" is slated to open October 18.


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  1. Coward Farts

    they got it.

    May 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Coward Farts...

    voted.

    May 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cheating

    watch it.

    May 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. none of those blacks are criminals...td band north

    thanks

    May 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. reposted: noj?

    toughlove47

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    May 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
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  7. Black Jacque Shellac

    J'ai merde sortir de mon trou du cul.

    May 9, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. motored out

    the cast is wonderful

    May 9, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. A1 Margaret

    the movie will be perfect.

    May 9, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fifi

    With a A-1 cast like this the movie is going to be great! Were going to see what that man went through working in the white house as an African-American, in the 1940's,the the hidden views of all the first familys. Hopefully he was treated with the respect he deserved as a working man. I can not wait to see this movie. I already give it 2 thumbs up on casting alone.

    May 9, 2013 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mel Stricker

    If this movie is anything close to as good as this trailer suggests, it will be great.

    May 9, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
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  15. Mammy

    I enjoy eating my own poop.

    May 9, 2013 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  16. Laira

    Tears on my eyes! Cannot wait to see it!

    May 9, 2013 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
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  18. TJ

    It's been 75yrs since Hattie McDaniel played a slave on the big screen. This is 2013 and black people are still playing servants.

    May 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wallingford

      Until Hollywood stops doing so, it will continue. History is portrayed the good, bad and ugly. I once saw a movie made in black and white where millions of people were sent to camps and other places of death during WWII. Then I saw another movie showing the same thing only it was made just several years ago. It doesn't mean I will wake up tomorrow and be living it. It just means it's history. History depicted.

      May 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • thisisyourbestyear

      I remember reading about him. He made history. He is my history, a proud man. Stop it.

      May 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • toughlove47

      Ummm, also playing presidents & nation leaders (Morgan Freeman), heroes/cops/agemts/ace pilots (Denzel, Danny Glover, Sam Jackson, Will Smith, James Earl Jones, Jamie Foxx), leading ladies (Halle Berry, Diana Ross, Phylicia Rashad, Kimberly Elise, Debbie Allen, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Macy Gray, Whoopee Goldberg). On and on, hope you get my drift. My advice: Remove your head from your a** and look around.

      May 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Hypocrite 1

    Loser.

    May 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Peace ☮

    Ah yes Richard Nixon. I can remember him getting off a plane, holding up his hands making peace signs, & shaking his cheeks...the cheeks in his face that is.

    May 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  21. alginyes

    Another "SLAVE" movie from Oprah. She knows how to serve her Masters well.

    May 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • thisisyourbestyear

      Oprah did not do anything except be in the movie. It is about history–my history. Hey what were black people doing in the 40's and 50's? Stop it. He was a proud family man who at the time had as very good job.

      May 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    thanks

    May 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
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    6. does not know at this point what is real or not real

    May 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  24. She does not care about her family so why should we call her in

    -

    May 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  25. pitt04

    The hairs on my arms are already standing up....can't wait.....

    May 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  26. summary for today

    1. motored in all the time now.
    2. fones, textsrigged tweets
    3. possibly using me for info on lesbean girlfriend where abouts and personal life
    4. suzie the dry name therefore different people however was still in the phone.
    5. possibely using her for scoops - 99% up in the air.......
    6. does not know at this point what is real or not real

    May 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Utliizing me for information? That will be the day...

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    May 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Reviews Both Texts...thanks

    Oprah is almost there...and a talent we will never forget...

    May 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Hans Frypan

    For a woman who so publicly announced her retirement, why does she keep popping up more than a social disease at Spring Break?

    May 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • toughlove47

      you mean like Regis?

      May 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • coward farts..

      regis is much more talent then some people i know...believe me on that 1

      May 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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      He is very funny and talented..i've me him a number of times over the years

      May 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • toughlove47

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      May 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Margaret

    i am so there for this flick.

    May 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  33. noj...still viewed as ignorable...thanks

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    May 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
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    the name suzie was mentioned on my phone...thanks...

    May 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Emma

    Looks like I might be FIRSTY !

    May 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |

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