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Thomas Westfall

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Thomas Westfall is a character that appears in the 2013 film The Butler. He is the owner of the plantation that the Gaines family are slaves on.

He's portrayed by Alex Pettyfer.


Early in the film, Thomas rapes Cecil Gaines' mother, Hattie Pearl, and later, when Hattie's husband, Earl, finds out about it, murders Earl at gunpoint in front of a young Cecil. Later, when Cecil begins working in the house, he is shown serving the Westfall family at dinner, and Thomas orders him to give him more food. When Cecil decides to leave the plantation as a teenager, he does so to avoid being killed by Thomas just like his father had been.

This is the only time Thomas appears in the film