Robin Williams is Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'
by Ethan Anderton
July 18, 2012
If you thought the ensemble cast of The Butler from director Lee Daniels (Precious) was already impressive with Forest Whitaker, James Marsden, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Alan Rickman, Alex Pettyfer and Oprah Winfrey and many more, well it just got a bit better. A press release sent our way reveals that Robin Williams will play President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the film based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House servant who worked for eight First Families over three decades. Whitaker is playing the lead, and most of the big names will have small supporting roles throughout the butler's career.
The article on which the film is based, from Wil Haygood at the Washington Post, follows Allen's work from starting at the White House as a "pantry man" in 1952, when blacks weren't allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia all the way through various historical events like the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, and finally the election of President Barack Obama. It should be quite an interesting drama that seems along the lines of Forrest Gump, but just in a central location, so that sounds good to me.