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Photos Of An Aged Oprah Winfrey As Eugene Allen's Wife In 'The Butler'

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 6, 2012 2:19 PM
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Eugene Allen
Eugene Allen

The film is scripted to cover several decades in the life of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served many presidents; So, based on Oprah's look in the photos below, they were likely shooting scenes covering the latter years.

Principal photography for Lee Daniels' The Butler has begun in New Orleans, with a loaded cast that includes: Forest WhitakerOprah WinfreyDavid Oyelowo, John CusackAlan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo,Liev SchreiberJesse Williams, Mariah CareyYaya DaCosta, and many more.

Music for the film will be composed by the legendary Quincy Jones.

Laura Ziskin Production, The Butler is being produced by Pamela Oas Williams, the late Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, and Cassian Elwes; executive produced by Hilary Shor and Adam Merims; and co-produced by David Jacobson.

The independently-financed film is bankrolled by Follow Through ProductionsWindy Hill PicturesSalamander MediaSalloway Rubenstein Productions/Crystal City EntertainmentEarl W. StaffordStarstream FilmsYogi Entertainment, and Inner Media Capital

For our thoughts on the film's script, and casting, read Vanessa's script review HERE, and Natasha's casting close-up of the film HERE.

Photos below:

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  • langston | August 6, 2012 8:55 PMReply

    Oprah has said plenty of times before, that because she is so strongly identified with modern culture, that a part must provide her with an opportunity to be seen in a vastly different context. Otherwise, the audience won't buy into the character. Oprah also loves historical and/or literary work, so it also speaks to her passion. The Butler is right up her ally of interest. And by the way, she's an excellent dramatic actress.

  • Asa | August 6, 2012 4:33 PMReply

    I would really like to see Oprah play a role where she's a more modern woman than some old, country lady.

  • ....? | August 8, 2012 12:45 AM

    Umm? Seriously? Do you actually know what this movie's about? It's set in Washington DC, they're only shooting it in New Orleans. I think that Oprah is lucky to have this role, this film, if carried out well, is going to be BIG! And also, Oprah isn't old throughout this movie, just nearer the end, so she won't be 'some old, country lady.'

  • Kia | August 6, 2012 4:38 PM

    Agreed. Oprah is such an intelligent, brilliantly accomplished woman on a normal day, so I'm always perplexed about why she can't vary her acting roles a bit. Maybe she just wants to be average in her acting life... idk.

  • roberto | August 6, 2012 3:38 PMReply

    LOL, look at Oprah lookin' like Miss Sophia

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