Several classic novels after adapted for the big screen became classic films – Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” quickly comes to mind along with “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck and “To Kill a Mockingbird” written by Harper Lee to name just a few.

“The Butler: A Witness to History” is sure to be added to that list of classic novels. Washington Post national reporter Wil Haygood penned the story about Eugene Allen, a White House butler for 34 years – which gives you more depth about the man you see portrayed in director Lee Daniels “The Butler.”

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Daniels got the idea for “The Butler” (now officially titled “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) from Haygood’s 2008 article entitled “A Butler Well Served By This Election.”

In the movie Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker gives a riveting performance as the butler, whose name is Cecil Gaines.

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