Paul Greengrass - Forest Whitaker found The Butler 'difficult'

Forest Whitaker found playing Cecil Gaines in 'The Butler' the most ''difficult'' of his career.

The Oscar-winning actor admits playing the film's central protagonist in Lee Daniel's movie was intimating because of the challenging techniques he needed to master, but he's glad he was chosen for the role because it pushed him outside his comfort zone.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, he said: ''I was really nervous that I wasn't going to be able to accomplish this. For me, this is the most specific work I've ever done, and possibly one of the most difficult roles I've ever played. Part of that is because of the silence.''

He added: ''But honestly, I was grateful, because at that point I needed a challenge like this for myself as an artist. I needed to be afraid. Being afraid is good. I knew I was going into new territory. I thought maybe I'll expand myself.''

Meanwhile, the 'Last King of Scotland' star was previously in negotiations to play Martin Luther King in Paul Greengrass' biopic 'Memphis', which will follow Dr. King's final days as he struggles to balance his personal life and the civil rights movement, as well as his eventual assassination at the hands of James Earl Ray in April 1968.

Additionally, it's thought the biopic will focus on the events leading up to his final protest in Memphis, Tennessee and also the aftermath of his death as the FBI mounts a manhunt to find his killer.


Tags: Paul Greengrass - Lee Daniels


More Paul Greengrass

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to Return for Fifth 'Bourne' Movie

Matt Damon is to return to play Jason Bourne in the fifth movie in the spy-thriller franchise, with director Paul Greengrass also returning. It will...

Matt Damon Open To More 'Bourne' Movies: Will He Team Up With Jeremy Renner?

Matt Damon has revealed that not only would he be happy to reprise his career-defining role of Jason Bourne in the butt-kicking, Bond-esque blockbusters but...

Empire Film Awards: James McAvoy, Emma Thompson, 'Gravity,' And 'The Hobbit' Take Home The Silver

Some of the biggest names in film were out last night for the Jameson Empire Film Awards, which saw the year's biggest and best movies...

'Captain Phillips' and 'Her' Snaffle Writing Awards

In a strong indication as to what film might prevail in the writing category come Oscar night, ‘Her’ and ‘Captain Phillips’ were awarded top honours...


Baftas 2014: 'Gravity' Pulls in the Nominations While Chiwetel Ejiofor Stands a Great Chance

The Bafta nominations didn’t really throw up any surprises, with many of the year’s top actors, directors and films being recognised. The constant metronome of:...

10 Best Films of 2013

10. Behind The Candelabra - Sadly consigned to TV in America, this Liberace biopic's lavish production design deserves to be projected on the biggest screen...

'Jackass Present: Bad Grandpa' Looks Like The Early Favourite To Top Weekend Box Office

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is predicted to earn close to $30 million at the box office in it's opening weekend, according to Deadline, making it...

A Tom Hanks Tour-de-Force, But Was 'Captain Phillips' Really A Hero?

Tom Hanks is winning plaudits left, right and center for his portrayal of merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips in Paul Greengrass's critically acclaimed movie. The...



Paul Greengrass Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Paul Greengrass

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All