Trailer for Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ – How Is This a Real Movie?

Written by on May 7, 2013 

Successful or not, The Paperboy was clearly Lee Daniels‘ attempt at a sleazy, down-and-dirty tale that thrills with lurid delight. Now, on another hand, The Butler — the second project over two years, whose trailer we’re receiving barely under twelve months after his last movie’s Cannes debut — is an ostensibly more classy affair, moving from the backwaters of Florida to the White House in order to tell an inspirational, real-life story of butler Cecil Gaines conquering racial intolerance. Ostensibly.

But, boy, this trailer… this trailer is something of a whole other magnitude. Where do we start? Is it Forest Whitaker playing 18 years younger (unconvincingly) in the first moments? On a related note, is it the Black Power-affiliated son who looks to be the main character’s age? Is it John Cusack as Richard Nixon, or Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower? Is it the essentially unending music? Is it the question of a big supporting cast — Oprah Winfrey, Alan RickmanJane Fonda, Liev Schreiber, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Alex Pettyfer, and Mariah Carey — and how they got here?

We could keep asking questions all day, but the point has been made: The Butler looks insane in ways possibly no historical drama has ever attempted — and I want to see what comes of it.

Watch the trailer for yourself below (via Yahoo!):

The Butler will serve on October 18.

What do you make of this trailer?

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