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