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Friday 18 April 2014

Forest: I've learned butler skills

Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey star in The Butler

Forest Whitaker has revealed he knows how to make a great cup of tea after training for his new film The Butler.

The Oscar-winning actor plays long-serving White House butler Cecil Gaines in the new movie, based on the true story of Eugene Allen who worked in the White House for 34 years and served nine US Presidents.

Forest revealed: "I worked with a butler coach to learn about what it's like to do service and how to do service."

Oprah Winfrey, who plays his wife in the film, joked: "So now you definitely know which fork to use."

"I do know how to go from the outside in, and I know how to make tea!" he laughed.

But Forest didn't get the chance to put his new found skills into practice for real.

He said: "I didn't get a chance to go and practise at the White House!"

The 52-year-old actor also had to study history, to make sure he knew everything about the events his character had worked through.

He said: "I had a drama coach bring me through the history, look at it deeply that way. I worked on the dialect, worked on marrying the real man and this man he was inspired by, and figured out the practicalities and the movements."

The Butler is out in cinemas now.

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