I know The Butler is getting some decent buzz and is being considered a big pile of stinking Oscar bait but when I saw John Cusack as Richard Nixon, I couldn't help but chuckle. It's not even close guys, if the casting is that distracting how am I going to pay attention to the performance?
Maybe I am jumping the gun and Cusack is either irrelevant to the story or his screen time is slight, but I couldn't get past it in the trailer. Some of the other members of the cast look like they are playing dress up, Jane Fonda as Nancy Regan? Looks like a Saturday Night Live parody.
To be fair, it can't all be bad. Alan Rickman looks hauntingly like former President Ronald Regan and James Marsden will probably kill it as JFK. I hope all my presumptuous bitching and moaning based off a trailer is just that and Forest Whitaker owns it shutting me up in the proces. New Poster below.
The August 16 release tells the story of a White House butler (Whitaker) who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.