A little white lie?
Movie producers are promoting a “new” documentary called “Betty White: A Celebration”. But it looks like the movie is at least a partial reworking of a White doc that came out in 2018.
It should be in 1,500 theaters on January 17.
A fiery eagle-eyed Golden Girl fan — who was excited to hit the theater to see something new about White — pointed out to Page Six that in the movie’s trailer, interviewees like Ryan Reynolds , Carol Burnett, Alex Trebeck and Valerie Bertinelli are wearing the exact same outfits as seen in the interviews for the 2018 PBS documentary, “Betty White: First Lady of Television.”
Upon closer inspection, the “Celebration” trailer of White’s famous friends all saying her name appears for about a minute in “First Lady,” which aired on Netflix in multiple regions from January 2020 through January 11 of This year.
There also appear to be some of the same clips used in White’s television career and footage from his work with animals.
“Celebration” is produced by Mike Trinklein and “First Lady” director Steve Boettcher.
A rep for distributor Fathom Events, which is releasing the doc in theaters, told us, “There will be some footage included from the 2018 film, but the majority of ‘Betty White: A Celebration’ is new content.”
When asked for details, they sent us a press release. While that didn’t completely clear things up, it does say White spoke to them just a week and a half before he died on New Year’s Eve from a stroke.
“‘Celebration’ includes a particularly poignant exclusive – Betty’s last on-camera appearance, recorded just ten days before her passing,” the statement read. “Her special message expresses Betty’s deep appreciation for her fans – and demonstrates that even in her final days, she never lost her sense of fun.”
He also seems to have added new guests like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Jay Leno.
Boettcher recently told ET, “I think what’s fun about the movie is that it shows Betty in quiet moments. Betty at home, Betty with some friends, Betty with animals, and maybe it shows another side of Betty. Off the stage and out of the limelight, but still the Betty we all know and love.