Idi Amin

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

1st November 2013 -

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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

23rd December 2011 -

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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

27th June 2007 -

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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...

The Things They Say 4217

4th March 2007 -

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"The country has made my career, made FOREST WHITAKER's career, the director KEVIN MACDONALD's career. Every crew member and every cast member has had about three leg-ups the career ladder because of the film." JAMES...

Mcavoy's Whitaker Oscar Premonition

3rd March 2007 -

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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...

Hudson And Whitaker Triumph At Image Awards

3rd March 2007 -

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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...

Washington Acted Like A Gorilla As Ape Attacked

3rd March 2007 -

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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

28th February 2007 -

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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...

Fascinating Fact 2913

26th February 2007 -

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FOREST WHITAKER gained 50 pounds (110 kilograms), used makeup to darken his skin, studied Swahili and learned to play the accordion for the role of IDI AMIN in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND....

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

22nd February 2007 -

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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

21st February 2007 -

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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...

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

19th February 2007 -

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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...

Whitaker Defends 'Defamatory' Performance

19th February 2007 -

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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...

Fascinating Fact 2864

19th February 2007 -

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The cast of Oscar-tipped THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND returned to location in Uganda for the movie's African premiere last night (18FEB07). FOREST WHITAKER and JAMES MCAVOY were welcomed in capital city Kampala by a...

Eastwood Honoured With Cinema For Peace Award

13th February 2007 -

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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...

The Things They Say 3993

11th February 2007 -

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"IDI AMIN wrote love letters to the Queen, he offered himself as her lover. FOREST (WHITAKER), if you're willing, I think there may be some takers." PETER MORGAN, who wrote the screenplays for both THE...

The Things They Say 3992

11th February 2007 -

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"This means a lot because to be embraced by another shore is a special thing. I try to think of myself as a citizen of the planet... to touch people in the world." A moved...

United 93 Hailed As Film Of The Year By British Critics

9th February 2007 -

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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...

Fascinating Fact 2814

9th February 2007 -

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FOREST WHITAKER has picked up 21 critics and guild awards this awards season for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator IDI AMIN in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND....

Whitaker Regrets Golden Globes Speech

24th January 2007 -

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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

22nd January 2007 -

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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

17th January 2007 -

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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

16th January 2007 -

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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

15th January 2007 -

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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

13th January 2007 -

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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'

12th January 2007 -

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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

11th January 2007 -

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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...

United 93 Wins Online Film Prize

9th January 2007 -

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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,...

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

9th January 2007 -

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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...

Whitaker Defends 'Attractive' Amin

9th January 2007 -

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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...

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