Comedian Robin Williams is preparing his return to the big screen. According to reports, the actor is set to star as Dwight Eisenhower in the upcoming movie "The Butler." The film, directed by "Monster's Ball" vet Lee Daniels, focuses on White House butler Eugene Allen, who spent more than three decades serving Presidents. Shooting is scheduled to begin later this summer, and the movie will be released in 2013. Since Robin doesn't look anything like the former President, the casting choice is likely going to raise some eyebrows. However, there are plenty of reasons why the choice is a good one. Here is a look at why the actor is a nice addition to what should be a great movie.
He knows drama
Sure, Robin is known for his over-the-top comedic characters in movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire." However, he has plenty of experience when it comes to serious subject matter. Throughout his stellar career, Robin has received four Oscar nominations for acting. After being nominated three times in the Best Actor category, he finally took one home for his supporting work in "Good Will Hunting." Comedy might be his bread and butter, but he is no slouch when it comes to serious work.
He's played Presidents before
Robin should know a thing or two about playing the leader of the United States. He has portrayed both real and fictional Presidents. In the 2006 comedy "Man of the Year," he played a comedian that winds up winning a Presidential election. Later that year, he took on the role of Teddy Roosevelt in the family comedy "Night at the Museum." Those two examples might be a far cry from what he is about to do, but every little bit of experience helps.
He won't have to carry this one alone
While his casting in "The Butler" might be huge news, the actor might not even be the biggest star in the mix. Forest Whitaker, John Cusack, Terrence Howard, and Jane Fonda are among the big names that have already signed on for the film. In addition, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey will show off her acting chops once again. With that many big names appearing, there won't be a lot of pressure on Robin to carry the movie.
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