Fictional ‘Butler’ from Macon

August 15, 2013 

Film Review The Butler

This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox)


Fictional ‘Butler’ from Macon

In the new movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” that opens nationwide Friday, the title character in the movie is said to be from Macon.

Slate published a story this week that details the differences between the movie, in which the main character is named Cecil Gaines, and the real-life inspiration for the movie, longtime White House butler Eugene Allen, who served under eight presidents.

While Allen grew up on a plantation in Virginia, the movie opens with the Cecil Gaines character as a boy working alongside his father in a cotton field in Macon.

-- Phillip Ramati

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