The Butler, based on the story of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen, hits theaters Friday. It’s not surprising that some broad creative license was taken with Allen’s life. Still, some of the most remarkable episodes are true. Here’s a run down of The Butler, fact vs. fiction.
It’s an amazing story. Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States, will have spent eight years in the Oval Office when he leaves the White House in January 2017. But there’s one black man who spent nearly four times that—34 years—in the White House, watching as eight presidents filed in and out and witnessing the country change from within the walls that were changing it.
The life of that man, Eugene Allen, is the basis for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which debuts in theaters this weekend. The film was inspired by a 2008 Washington Post story titled “A Butler Well Served by This Election,”which first brought Allen’s story to the mainstream: a butler who served every president from Truman to Reagan and weathered the worst of the country’s brutal racial history was about to see the first black president of the United States sworn into office.
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