Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo Fight Over Sidney Poitier’s Relevance In New Clip From ‘The Butler’

Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo Fight Over Sidney Poitier's Relevance In New Clip From 'The Butler'

Welp… Here’s a first clip from Lee Daniels’ The Butler – a film currently in the middle of a legal battle between its distributor, The Weinstein Company, and their opponent, Warner Bros.

The film which covers several decades in the life of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served many presidents, and is loaded with a cast that includes: Forest WhitakerOprah WinfreyDavid OyelowoColman DomingoJohn CusackAlan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa LeoLiev SchreiberJesse WilliamsAml AmeenLenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr and many more.

Music for the film is composed by the legendary Quincy Jones.

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

My opinion may not be the most popular, but absolutely nothing that I’ve seen of this film thus far makes me want to see it. Nada! And this clip (while the debate being had was indeed a very real one during the time the film takes place) only discourages me even more. 

I’ll certainly see the film when I get the opportunity to do so, and will share my thoughts afterward.

Check out the clip below, which sees father (Whitaker) and son (Oyelowo) fight over ideas and mother (Winfrey) try to mediate.

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What all this overacting stuff, we often overact ourselves, job interviews, social functions, first dates, etc.. The difference is we are not apart of a multimillion dollar movie project. These are professionals trying to tell a story about someone most of us didn't even know about. Like most projects centered around blacks it tends to get a more critical eye, and that's unfortunate, but we live with it and move on, and in this case hoping to be inspired at the same time. Even if we deem the movie not to be Oscar caliber, at least we would have engaged with a piece of history untold in our American History books (if it is correct me).

I understand we are giving our opinion because we enjoy watching movies, honest debate is always good. The good news is it got us talking. The cast of characters that are in this movie, honestly how often is it that you see these caliber of actors and actresses in one film, and these are not just cameos, to convince them to be apart of telling this story is commendable, and for them to accept it says they believe the story should be told. One of the challenges of seeing these films is that once again we get to see how Blacks/Negroes were treated, we are always reminded of how they lived as lower class citizens. I don't think they are overacting, I think that the era did call for a lot of emotion, perhaps our seeing them in other films has given us a more critical eye. IJS..


It looks fine to me. We finally get another movie that is about black people (like Precious). It's not setting off any warning bells outside of the "veering towards Lifetime MOW territory".


I liked all the players in the scene. I'm going to watch the movie.


Not a fan of the comments at all. Don't like Lee Daniels, don't like Tyler Perry, don't like…… BORING.

Jameka Wills

…Wait aren't you the same guy who wrote, directed and starred in Beautiful Things? Bwhaaa haaa haa! Boy Bye!!


All you Black Film apologists, come on now! You know the acting in this clip is over the top, and that, as always, Oprah's over-emoting, and ostensibly still hasn't taken time out of running her justifiably-successful billion-dollar media empire to take an acting class. I ain't hating, but damn. I will give it a chance, catch it on Netflix, and inevitably enjoy some aspects of it–as I do with all Lee Daniel's films. Hell, I even found a moment or two of bright life in the godawful "Paperboy"–now how's that for persistence and commitment. (But please, let's not throw quality and high standards under the bus for that proverbial "mess of pottage" that we call the chance to see our cultural images and stories onscreen!)


I want to see this but the ACTING is BAD in this scene COLLECTIVELY, which leads me to believe that it's a director's issue. Oprah especially seems to hit the wrong notes, all around. Even her makeup looks off. Maybe Daniels is out of his element when not doing risque, sex-fueled scenes I don't know. The concept of the film is not an issue for me but poor direction of (generally) good actors is a huge deterrent.


The acting seems bad? Really, Ladybug? And CC, David overacts in every one of his movies? Really? Have you seen Ava Duvernay's "Middle of Nowhere" or "Jack Reacher" or "96 Minutes"? And Forest? Have you seen "Powder Blue" or "Vantage Point" or "Fragments"?

Anyway, we're seeing this "Butler" clip way out of context as the film has yet to be released. And also how do we dismiss the remote possibility of this movie actually having some substance in favor of bashing actors and their performances in a 1 minute clip? And yet we continue to kiss the ground of some of these other films made by "us" if you catch my drift that are questionable from a content and execution standpoint.

Cedric said it best how we view works of color vs. other. But I'll add with all due respect to this blog it seems that just about every artist, feature, short or web series that is featured here on this blog is torn to shreds by either its readership or staff.

Yes we should demand the best in art. Yes art is subjective. Yes it's a free country. But we got to do better than this, ya'll. We still support the same old crap mainstream wise and that's why we continue to complain about what the industry is producing. If we boycott the truly wretched flicks it will reflect at the box office and the industry will have no choice but to respond.

It seems like every time there's a movie that deals with people of color and period drama nobody wants to see it. Not saying these movies in question are necessarily perfect. But many of us actually boycotted "Red Tails", "The Help", "The Great Debaters", "Blood Done Sign My Name", and now "The Butler".

Things that make you go "Hmm!"


Psssssssssst… Darkan and Ladybug, let me put this bug in y'all ear. Now listen, you're not crazy nor alone and don't tell nobody but Forest and David have been overacting for the last 10 years.

I saw David Oyelowo in Lincoln, The Paper Boy, Red Tails and Rise of The Planet Of The Apes. In each film he OVERACTED. To me he always looks like a little boy in a grown-ups job.

And poor Forest, he had his moments but as of late he's a one note over-actor. Check that, after The Last King Of Scotland, I can't think of any one of his movies that I'd recommend. So, over the last 7 years, not 10, his acting has been questionable.

And, although I love me some Oprah (no woman can match her greatness) I have to say this may not be her finest hour. Maybe she should stick with playing Sophia and that women from Brewster Place, but from what I've seen in this flick, overacting is running rampant.

However, they're still going to get my money. Yep, I mean, that's what I do… I watch movies. And, who knows, Lee Daniels might pull a rabbit out of…


Is it me or does it seem like the clip was edited funny and there is a lot of over acting in that scene. Sorry, I'm Tambay on this one. That clip just leads me to not wanting to see it any more than I already didn't want to.


Who are you again? In the scheme of things…you are NADA. No – Thing compared to the names you typed above. Stay in your place – immigrant.

Besides, this AINT yo his-story. BTW, wtf is your history? I doubt you know it. Africans only know about their mothercountry – Britian. LOL


oohhhh! …..I can't wait


I love how we lament on and on about other folks' tales being told on a consistent basis, but when our stories are told, we say 'I don't wanna see it'. Thanks, T!

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