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Forest Whitaker: 'Idi Amin Portrayal Had Me Seeing Double'

Forest Whitaker spent months trying to shake off his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland, because he studied the African dictator so hard he started hallucinating - just like his subject...

Top Hollywood Dialect Coach Easton Dies

The renowned Hollywood dialect coach who helped Forest Whitaker hone his accent as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland has died.Character actor and language expert Robert Easton passed away from natural...

Writer Astounded By Whitaker's Dedication

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND writer GILES FODEN was astounded by FOREST WHITAKER's dedication to his role as Ugandan dictator IDI AMIN - because he was always in character. The author, who penned the novel...

Hudson And Whitaker Triumph At Image Awards

FOREST WHITAKER and JENNIFER HUDSON picked up acting prizes at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday (02MAR07), just six days after their Oscar wins. Whitaker was named Best Actor for his performance as Ugandan dictator...

Mcavoy's Whitaker Oscar Premonition

JAMES MCAVOY knew FOREST WHITAKER would scoop the Best Actor Oscar for THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND as soon as cameras started rolling on the film. The Scottish star was blown away by Whitaker's performance...

Washington Acted Like A Gorilla As Ape Attacked

RAY star KERRY WASHINGTON had to use her acting skills to save her life when she came face to face with an angry gorilla in Uganda. The actress went on a gorilla safari during a...

Whitaker Terrified Castmates As Idi Amin

Oscar winner FOREST WHITAKER was so intense as ruthless Ugandan leader IDI AMIN in movie THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND he terrified his castmates and friends. RAY star KERRY WASHINGTON, who played Amin's wife KAY...

Amin's Son Slams 'Degrading' Oscar-tipped Movie

Former Ugandan dictator IDI AMIN's son has hit out at the "degrading" portrayal of his "second mother" in Oscar-nominated movie THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. JAFFAR AMIN, 40, has faulted the representation of KAY AMIN,...

Whitaker Offered Oscars Speech Help

Oscars favourite FOREST WHITAKER has been offered public speaking help after a string of flustered speeches at recent awards shows. THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND star is hotly tipped to walk away with a Best...

Whitaker Defends 'Defamatory' Performance

FOREST WHITAKER used the Ugandan premiere of THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND on Saturday (17FEB07) to defend himself against allegations of defamation. The Oscar nominee, who plays the African country's former dictator IDI AMIN in...

Philips: 'O'toole Won't Win An Oscar'

Veteran actor PETER O'TOOLE may be wowing the critics in his latest film VENUS - but co-star LESLIE PHILIPS doesn't believe his pal will scoop the Best Actor Oscar on Sunday (25FEB07). Philips desperately hopes...

Eastwood Honoured With Cinema For Peace Award

CLINT EASTWOOD was honoured with the Cinema For Peace Award in Berlin, Germany, last night (12FEB07). The American director received the film award for his double project FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS and LETTERS FROM IWO...

United 93 Hailed As Film Of The Year By British Critics

PAUL GREENGRASS' harrowing 9/11 drama UNITED 93 was named film of the year by British critics last night (08FEB07). The film picked up the top prize at the annual London Film Critics' Circle Awards, beating...

Whitaker Regrets Golden Globes Speech

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND star FOREST WHITAKER regrets not being more composed during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards last week (15JAN07). The 45 year old won Best Actor in a Drama...

'Stomp' Still Scores At Us Box Office

Dance movie STOMP THE YARD held on to the top spot at the US box office for the second week in a row, taking $13.3 million (GBP6.8 million). The film narrowly beat BEN STILLER's family...

Macdonald's Ebay Regret

Director KEVIN MACDONALD regrets blowing up IDI AMIN's actual car in new movie THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND - as he would have made a fortune selling it on online auction site eBay instead. MACDONALD's...

Whitaker Begged For Amin Part

FOREST WHITAKER was so desperate to land the role of IDI AMIN in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, he begged the director to let him audition twice. KEVIN MACDONALD confesses he wasn't convinced Whitaker had...

Whitaker Became Idi Amin

FOREST WHITAKER stayed in character for the entire shoot of IDI AMIN film THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND – even when talking to his wife on the phone. Director KEVIN MCDONALD was impressed with the...

Scorsese Hailed By Us Critics

MARTIN SCORSESE's elusive Oscar dream looks closer to being realised after he was named Best Director by the Broadcast Film Critics Association last night (12JAN07). His gangster movie THE DEPARTED also picked up the Best...

Whitaker: 'Amin Was Make Or Break Role'

FOREST WHITAKER threw himself so deep into his role as former Ugandan dictator IDI AMIN in movie THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND that even his wife and children refused to talk to him. The actor...

Macdonald Considers Saddam Movie

Director KEVIN MACDONALD has refused to rule out documenting SADDAM HUSSEIN's last days on film, but insists now is not the time to give the Iraqi tyrant's last moments a Hollywood makeover. The 39-year-old Scot...

Mcavoy: 'I Landed The Last King Of Scotland Role For Being Cheap'

Actor JAMES MCAVOY is convinced he only landed a role in new movie THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND because he's so cheap. The Scottish actor plays NICHOLAS GARRIGAN, the personal physician of Ugandan dictator IDI...

United 93 Wins Online Film Prize

September 11 film UNITED 93 has been named the Best Movie of 2006 by the Online Film Critics Society. The film, about passengers who rebelled against terrorist hijackers and crashed a jet in rural Pennsylvania,...

Whitaker Defends 'Attractive' Amin

FOREST WHITAKER has hit out at suggestions his portrayal of former Ugandan dictator IDI AMIN was too 'attractive', insisting it's important the leader's charisma was captured onscreen. Whitaker's performance in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND...

The King + The Queen Reign At Washington Awards

FOREST WHITAKER's portrayal of dictator IDI AMIN in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND and DAME HELEN MIRREN's turn as THE QUEEN have earned the two stars top honours from the fifth annual Washington, DC Area...

The Queen Tops New York Critics Awards

THE QUEEN is the big winner at this year's (06) New York Film Critics Online Awards, taking home five honours for the DAME HELEN MIRREN-starring drama. Mirren plays British monarch QUEEN ELIZABETH II during the...

Letters From Iwo Jima Tops Nbr List As Oscars Race Heats Up

CLINT EASTWOOD's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS companion piece is a big winner months before its release - the war film, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, has claimed the National Board of Review's (NBR) Best Film of...

Whitaker Regrets Playing Tortured Roles

Actor FOREST WHITAKER regrets playing tortured characters in films, as he finds it hard to shake them off when the cameras stop rolling. The actor, famed for his role as Jazz legend CHARLIE PARKER...

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