A white lie?
Film producers are promoting a ‘new’ documentary called ‘Betty White: A Celebration’. But it looks like the film is at least a partial iteration of a document about White released in 2018.
The film will hit 1,500 cinemas on January 17.
An eagle-eyed fan of the late Golden Girl — who had been excited to hit the theater to see something new on White — pointed out to Page Six that in the film’s trailer, interviewees such as Ryan Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Alex Trebeck and Valerie Bertinelli wears the exact same outfits as in interviews for the 2018 PBS paper, “Betty White: First Lady of Television.”
Upon closer inspection, the “Celebration” trailer footage of White’s celeb friends all saying her name appears for about a minute in “First Lady,” which ran on Netflix in various regions from January 2020 to January 11 this year.
There also appear to have been some of the same clips used from White’s television career and footage of her work with animals.
“Celebration” is produced by Mike Trinklein and Steve Boettcher, the director of “First Lady”.
A representative of distributor Fathom Events, who is releasing the document in theaters, tells us: “There will be some footage from the 2018 film, but the bulk of ‘Betty White: A Celebration’ is new content.'”
When we asked for details, they sent us a press release. While it didn’t quite clear things up, it does say White spoke to them just a week and a half before she died of a stroke on New Year’s Eve.
“‘Celebration’ contains a particularly poignant exclusivity: Betty’s last on-camera appearance, recorded just ten days before her death,” the release read. “The special message expresses Betty’s deep appreciation for her fans – and shows that even in her last days, she never lost her sense of fun.”
It also appears to have added new guests such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Jay Leno.
Boettcher recently told ET: “I think the nice thing about the movie is that Betty is shown in quiet moments. Betty at home, Betty with some friends, Betty with animals, and it might show a different side of Betty. stage and out of the spotlight, but still the Betty we all know and love.”