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Book Vs. Movie The Butler
The 2008 Washington Post Article Vs the 2013 Lee Daniels Film
The Margos go into the history of Eugene Allen, a waiter, and butler who worked for the White House for 34 years before retiring in 1986. Allen severed for several Presidents and ended his service with the Ronald Regan administration. He and his wife Helene were invited by the Reagans to a state dinner (the first time ever for a butler.)
After serving every President between Dwight D. Eisenhower to Reagan, he had plenty of stories to share with reporter Wil Haygood in his 2008 Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This Election.”
The Butler (2013) by Lee Daniels takes some liberties with the origins of Allen’s real-life story by changing the character’s name to Cecil Gaines with the lead played by Forest Whitaker with a celebrity-filled cast including Oprah Winfrey, Maria Carey, John Cusack, and Jane Fonda just to name a few of the actors.
So, between the original story and the adaptation–which did we prefer?
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In this ep the Margos discuss:
- The bio of the writer Wil Haygood
- The life story of Eugene Allen
- How the film The Butler came together
- Starring: Forest Whitaker (Cecil Gaines,) Oprah Winfrey (Gloria Gaines,) David Oyelowow (Louis Gaines,) Elijah Kelley (Charlie Gaines,) Nelsan Ellis (Martin Luther King, Jr.), David Banner (Earl Gaines,) Mariah Carey (Hattie Pearl,) Terrence Howard (Howard,) Cuba Gooding Jr. (Carter Wilson,) Lenny Kravitz (James Holloway,) Robin Williams (Dwight D Eisenhower,) James Marsden (Jack Kennedy,) John Cusack (Richard Nixon,) Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan,) and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. talks about the importance of domestic workers
- The Butler 2013 trailer
- “Nixon” meets the staff
- Louis comes home and fights with his parents
- JFK talks about civil rights with Cecil
- “Sun City” by United Artists Against Apartheid
- Music by Rodrigo Leao
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