Forest Whitaker in Chicago for 'The Butler' screening

July 30, 2013 (CHICAGO)

He stars in The Butler, a film based on the real life story of Eugene Allen who served at the White House under eight U.S. presidents. Oprah Winfrey is a co-star.

At the screening, ABC7'S Janet Davies asked Whitaker what the role meant to him.

"This is a gift from the universe to me. Any actor would want to play I think a character with the kind of depth and range," said Whitaker.

Whitaker described Winfrey's performance as "amazing."

The Butler opens August 16.

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