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Whitaker talks about portraying Idi Amin

ForestWhitaker.jpgForest Whitaker did an amazing job portraying Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (Filmstalker review) and we've been hearing how tough he found it to get out of the character afterwards, now he's talked about finding the character in the first place and some of the work he did to bring him to the screen.

Speaking on BBC World Service he said:

"Many of the people I met had a dual feeling of him in the first place - some had relatives who had been killed during the regime, but there remained the feeling that he had also done certain great things for the country. That reconciliation was something that I needed to understand in order to play the character...

...When I looked at the interviews and some of the documentaries that were made about him, I was struck by that ability he had to be jovial, to bring people in, to be charismatic. That was something I borrowed from the research. [I had to find] areas of paranoia, fear and, at times, anger."

The story comes through Digital Spy.

I have to say that I don't remember seeing or hearing of Amin on television, perhaps because I was so little at that time, but watching that film you are so drawn to the character and taken in by them, and then quicker than you realise you're whipped round and there's a huge arm around your throat. It really is a superb performance, and if you haven't seen the film then you must.

Whitaker is a stunning actor and I'd love to see more of him on screen, and I'd also like to see more of him directing.



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