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Robin Williams Will Portray President Dwight D. Eisenhower in The Butler

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Robin Williams get on a lot of people’s nerves, and I can understand why. His frantic style of comedy isn’t everyone cup of tea, and, to be perfectly honest, I’m not a big fan of it, either. However, when it comes to tackling dramatic roles in a believable fashion, Williams ranks among the best of them. In my humble opinion, anyway. His turns in “The Final Cut”, “One Hour Photo”, and the incredibly dark comedy “World’s Greatest Dad” are nothing short of exceptional. For someone like me, his next project doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

For next excursion into serious cinema, Williams will portray President Dwight D. Eisenhower in “Precious” director Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”. The film currently sports an insanely impressive cast, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, Terrence Howard, Alex Pettyfer, and Minka Kelly. That’s a hell of a lot of star power right there, folks. Also, it’s good to see Cuba Gooding Jr. doing something that isn’t going straight to home video.

“The Butler”, which follows the allegedly true adventures of Eugene Allen during his 34 years at the White House, is based on Wil Haygood’s report “A Butler Well Served by This Election”. Haygood will also serve as associate producer and researcher on the project. And if IMDb Pro is to be believed, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, and Mariah Carey are also rumored to be attached to the production, as well.

Look for “The Butler” to arrive in theaters sometime next year.

Robin Williams Will Portray President Dwight D. Eisenhower in The Butler
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  • pat weston

    I have always been impressed with Robin Williams acting range. I’m having trouble visualizing him in this role, but have no doubt he can pull it off. I’m a big fan of his comedy which makes his dramatic, serious efforts all the more remarkable to me. I look forward to seeing him play this part. Also, the movie sounds fascinating~~great cast all around!

  • Lynn McLeran

    I went to high school with Robin Williams. His style was just as frenetic as it is now. On the other hand, he was quiet in class and played basketball. It was only in drama class (which we shared) that his juices got flowing. He was very entertaining, charming, and an all around nice guy. I’ve heard he’s bipolar, been bipolar all his life. So let’s cut him some slack, eh?

    • Kathie

      Bipolar? I have never heard that! If he is, he certainly handles it well.

  • Diana Rohrer

    Robin Williams is an awesome actor /comedian,his mind operates on a different level, he is brilliant. most people that have a proplem
    with him just can’t keep up.His range and abilities are 2nd to none!

  • Jaime Eagerton

    I’m guessing you didn’t proofread this article before you posted it online. For the sake of everything that is holy, please do it next time.

  • ben

    If you don’t think Robin Williams is funny, you’re probably dead, or very stupid. This guy is a comedic genius, hands down. You probably like douche bags like Jack Black and Steve Carrell, who are about as funny as a screen door on a submarine.

  • Bill

    Jane Fonda! that piece of garbage should be in a gulag somewhere! not in a film about a American hero and commander. Robin Williams? in this film? well just another Liberal stain on the honor of this country!

  • Kathie

    I agree that Robin Williams comedy is unmatched. However, I also think he is one of the most under-rated dramatic actors of our time. I look forward to anything Robin….he is brilliant!

  • Jenna Somerset

    “Insanely impressive?????” Robin, Forest, Oprah, Cusack, Jane Fonda and…drum roll Lenny Kravitz!!!! Whose P.R. payroll is this writer on the dole with…maybe they should add Eddie Murphy and Bill Paxton to the cast to make this one of the most unwatchable films ever done.

  • karin

    he did o.k. as teddy roosevelt–i’m kinda thinking he looks a little more like harry truman than eisenhower….

  • Jen D

    “Robin Williams get on a lot of people’s nerves”
    “His frantic style of comedy isn’t everyone cup of tea”

    Two glaring grammatical errors in the first two sentences?
    After that I quit reading.
    But DOES Robin Williams annoy many people? I thought he was universally beloved. Perhaps Mr. Rigney has him confused with Gilbert Gottfried.

  • b kessler

    I don’t know how u people think negative about Robin Williams and I don’t care Robin Williams has been around for a long time in the movies on stage he help kids with mental problem. he volunteer for the troops I could go on but I think u would not change anyones mind and do not care
    amen ps he is funny

  • C E Nevels

    I hope that this film does Mr. Allen justice. One is concerned about the actors involved and the quality of the actors.

    I am hoping that this movie is not a joke!

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