Forest Whitaker is sure to shock fans of jazz crooner Louis Armstrong by focusing on 'Satchmo's' love of marijuana in his next movie.
The Crying Game star will star as Armstrong and direct the biopic next year (11), and he insists he won't be shying away from the most controversial aspects of the We Have All The Time in the World singer's life.
The actor/director says, "He smoked weed every day and it's in the movie where he wrote to the president to try and make it legal. We will have that in the film."
And Whitaker is taking time out to make sure his portrayal of Armstrong is Oscar worthy: "I'm taking a year to prepare and practice the trumpet."