Watch Oprah Go Southern and Slap Someone in The Butler Trailer


Here’s the trailer for the Oscar-bait movie The Butler, based off of a Washington Post article by Wil Haygood about Eugene Allen, a black man who was um, the butler at the White House for over three decades. Oprah plays his wife who has a strong southern accent and gets to slap someone when the film comes out in October.

Besides Oprah, expect a lot of famous people playing famous dead people who were less attractive than them: John Cusack as Nixon; Robin Williams as Eisenhower; James Marsden and Minka Kelly as JFK and Jackie Kennedy; Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Reagan and Nancy Reagan; Liev Schreiber as President Johnson – plus Cuba Gooding Jr., Melissa Leo, Alex Pettyfer, Terrence Howard, Grey’s Anatomy stunner Jesse Williams, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Redgrave, David Oyelowo and Forest Whitaker as the Butler himself.

In case you’d like to remember how important Oprah’s life as an actor is, note that she’s said things like, “I have never wanted anything in my life more than I wanted the role in The Color Purple. I have not wanted, and never want to be in a place, where I want anything that badly again. I felt my life could not go on if I did not get that role.” That role was so critical to her that she chose to spend part of this highly journalistic interview with Steven Speilberg during her Next Chapter series reliving her audition process.

‘The Butler’ Trailer: Oprah Winfrey Plays ‘Proud’ Wife to Forest Whitaker (Video) [The Hollywood Reporter]

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