Former President Jimmy Carter has given his stamp of approval to "Lee Daniels' The Butler," the controversial movie based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight presidents, including Carter.
"We thoroughly enjoyed 'The Butler,'" Carter wrote in a letter to producer Harvey Weinstein, Politico reports.
"I realize that much of the plot was fictional, but believe it was a wise decision to make the White House service of the butler a framework for giving one of the best dramatizations of the civil rights movement I have seen. Eugene Allen was an admirable person and a good friend, and we enjoyed a close relationship with the WH staff."
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The movie has been criticized by conservatives, saying it presented Allen untruthfully and inaccurately portrayed former President Ronald Reagan — the man who ended Carter's dream of a second White House term — as a racist.
"There you go again, Hollywood. You’ve taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies," Reagan's son Michael wrote on Newsmax.
"After comparing Hollywood’s absurd version of Eugene Allen’s life story with the truth, you wonder why the producers didn’t just call it 'The Butler from Another Planet.'"
The movie has made $92 million
in its four weeks of release. It was No. 2 at the box office over the weekend behind the new Vin Diesel movie "Riddick."
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