Barack Obama gives Lee Daniels’ The Butler two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
During an exclusive radio interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Tuesday, Obama admitted to tearing up during the film. “I teared up just thinking about not just the butlers who have worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled, but because of Jim Crow, because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go,” Obama explained.
The President went on to give props to some of the outstanding performances, including Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. “And Oprah, my girl, she can act. She’s just a wonderful actress,” Obama shared.
“And I will tell you that the butlers who are now here in the White House, when we first arrived, when Michelle and the girls just first arrived, they could not have been kinder to us and warmer to us,” he added.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler is in theaters now.
Idris Elba Thinks The Future Of The James Bond Franchise Is Female!
Idris Elba doesn’t want to play James Bond, but is down to make some changes to the James Bond film franchise.
Despite being fan cast as the next 007 by just about every person on the Internet with a Twitter handle, Elba has remained consistently distant from the world’s request. However, he does have a few ideas on who the next super secret spy could be … and it isn’t a guy.
“Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?” Elba asked while at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Sundance Film Festival. “Could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman, but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have — do something different with it, why not?”
Elba was on the panel speaking about his directorial debut, “Yardie,” but paused to reflect on the future of the British Secret Service.
Potential women Bonds however will have some time to prepare for the audition process, as Daniel Craig still has one more sequel to make for the storied franchise, marking the 25th installment and expected out in 2019.
For the record Craig thinks Elba would make a great Bond. We’ll have to see how he feels about a female replacement next time we catch up with him.
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