Movies 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels' Backstory By Robert Pace 7:03 PM PDT, August 11, 2013 With the historical drama Lee Daniels' The Butler set to premiere at the end of the week, ET ventures into the lives of its stars, both in front of and behind the lens. By now, you've seen at least one of Forest Whitaker's acclaimed roles, but ET takes you back to the beginning of his career, to his first leading role. PICS: Stars On SetSoon to become a household name like Whitaker is Butler director Lee Daniels, who also directed Precious. Watch the video to discover more about Daniels and Whitaker. Lee Daniels' The Butler is theaters August 16.