Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker (but not President Obama) star in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' (Photo: Weinstein Co./Getty Images)
One thing is certain: President Barack Obama does NOT make his big-screen acting debut in the upcoming White House drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
But there are two different stories circulating about why President Obama doesn't take his place in the movie alongside a number of leading actors playing former U.S. presidents.
On Sunday, conservative political blogger Matt Drudge made a surprising post on Twitter about the film, claiming that the president had been asked to appear in the movie but said no.
Obama rare unpredictable move: Turned down cameo in fuss-film THE BUTLER! Movie glorifies election. Marketing to move it AWAY from politics
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) August 4, 2013
After news of Drudge's allegation broke, Lee Daniels, the film's director, spoke to Yahoo! Movies on Monday and said that Drudge got the story wrong.
"No, I was too afraid to ask him," Daniels replied when asked if President Obama had been invited to be in the movie. "We wanted him to do it," Daniels said, and itRead More »from Director Confirms President Obama Did Not Turn Down Offer to Appear in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’