Movie Fact #223 - June 30th, 2021

 

The 2006 film The Last King of Scotland saw it's lead actor, Forest Whitaker, ultimately taking home the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as the subject of the film, real-life former Ugandan dictator, President Idi Amin. Whitaker not only attests to staying in character as much as possible while he was making the film (even when he wasn't on set), but that also had it's drawbacks. Namely, according to his commentary on the DVD, director Kevin Macdonald states that during filming of Idi Amin's visit to the village near the mission, many of the local extras thought it was the real Idi Amin on stage giving speeches. Given the terror that Amin brought to Uganda during his dictatorship, one can imagine that was quite the traumatizing experience for the locals. A testament to Whitaker's performance...and Amin's horrific legacy. Stay tuned!

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