This Alternate 'The Butler' Poster is Much Better Than the Official Art

June 5, 2013
Source: Yahoo

The Butler Alternate Poster

One quiet voice can ignite a revolution. I love that tagline. And it seems to have a lot more of an impact on this alternate artistic poster. The Weinstein Company has debuted a second alternate poster design for Lee Daniels' The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler. Earlier they revealed the official poster, showing Whitaker standing in the Oval Office window. I was instantly bored by that poster, but I'm not as easily sold on symbolic imagery. This one is much more powerful (perhaps less subtle) but also makes me way more interested in the film than the other.

Here's the alternate poster artwork for Lee Daniels' The Butler, just revealed today. Found over on Yahoo:

The Butler Poster Artistic

And here's the original poster this week, which sells on imagery more than anything. Found via Moviefone:

The Butler Poster Original

If you haven't seen the first trailer for The Butler, you can view it here. Which poster do you like more?

The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels from a script by Danny Strong, stars Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as the White House's head butler, with an ensemble cast: Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines, John Cusack as Nixon, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon Johnson, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as JFK, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Carter Wilson, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower and Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower. The Weinstein Company picked up the film for release, and currently has The Butler scheduled to open limited theaters starting August 16th this year.

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Whitaker looks like he has lost a significant amount of weight.

DAVIDPD on Jun 5, 2013


Guess the original poster is too "bland" for Alex. 🙂 I agree though, never understood the appeal in the empty top half posters, a la Fast Five and the like. The alternate one is more appropriate.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 5, 2013


This film looks horrible. I went to see Only God Forgives last night and everyone in the theater laughed when they saw the trailer. Me included.

Nielsen700 on Jun 5, 2013


In that case, you have a terrible taste of humor. It's a brilliant trailer; well composed with stunning and terrific music and with great actors.

HÃ¥kan on Jun 5, 2013


Your opinion of my sense of humor is something I care deeply about, and something I'll remember for the rest of my life.

Nielsen700 on Jun 5, 2013


I am sorry if I hurted your feelings, that was stupid of me. But I do not understand why you laugh at the trailer. After what I have read about "Only God Forgives", is that a film full of violence, violence without sense - but it looks good thou!

HÃ¥kan on Jun 5, 2013


I was being sarcastic. You didn't hurt my feelings. The trailer is funny to me because it looks so cliché. I honestly think it could pass as one of the fake trailers at the beginning of Tropic Thunder. Also, the make-up looks horrible. Only God Forgives... I'm going to have to see that one again, I fell asleep.

Nielsen700 on Jun 5, 2013


I think it's a wonderful trailer. I think that some trailers have the right to be dramatic and extra emotional, and because "The Butler" is based on a powerful and touching true story, I have the opinion that the trailer of the movie can be like that.

HÃ¥kan on Jun 5, 2013


am i the only one that thinks the alternate art looks like he is giving a Nazi salute?

Bobby Zindel on Aug 16, 2013

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