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10 Secrets of ‘The Butler’

Forest Whitaker stars as Eugene Allen in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” (CNN Photo/The Weinstein Company) by Jane Caffrey (CNN) — “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” follows the life of Cecil Gaines, an African-American butler who serves in the White House under eight presidencies. Inspired by real-life butler Eugene Allen, Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker) witnesses the rise of the civil rights movement, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Vietnam and the election of the Barack Obama, all while simultaneously balancing the highs and lows of his family life.