Aug 06 - Winfrey teams up with an all-star cast in the new film Lee Daniels' The Butler. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: An array of Hollywood's biggest stars hit the red carpet in New York on Monday (August 5) to celebrate the New York premiere of "Lee Daniels' The Butler." The all-star cast was assembled by director Lee Daniels to help tell the story of Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986. Gaines' character, played by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, was loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, who died at the age of 90 in 2010. Former talk show host and cable network owner Oprah Winfrey plays Whitaker's wife in the film and said she is getting positive feedback from her peers about her work in the movie. "Jane Fonda had sent me an email saying I just saw it and the greatest accomplishment is that I didn't see Oprah I saw Gloria. So to me that is the real work," Winfrey told Reuters. The film is packed with America's history of civil rights and numerous stars. Actress Minka Kelly takes on Jackie Kennedy, Robin Williams suits up as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, while Jane Fonda channels her best Nancy Reagan. "I'm just honored that all these actors came out to support me. Because I couldn't afford to pay them their salaries. All I could afford to do was yell at them and tell them that they were horrible and to do it again. And they did it with love and I'm really just humbled," joked Daniels. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" opens in U.S. theaters on August 16th.