Whitaker Became Idi Amin15 January 2007
Whitaker Became Idi Amin
Director Kevin McDonald was impressed with the actors attitude and wowed by the effect it had when the cameras rolled.
MCDonald says, All actors have their methods. Forest was in character and spoke with the Ugandan accent on and off-set. I later found out, when I met his wife, that he spoke to her in accent too.
And he wouldn't hang out with the crew - he hung out with Ugandans and ate Ugandan food, like mashed banana and beans.
If he had a lighthearted scene coming up, in the days leading up to it Forest would be relaxed and fun. If he had an angry scene with violence, Forest would distance himself. You could notice the effect it had. When he was due to shoot a scene, there was a real sense of awe, everyone was whispering Forest is coming.
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