Whitaker Defends 'Attractive' Amin

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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 has already earned him a Golden Globe acting nomination, but his often-likeable depiction of the tyrant - responsible for Uganda's huge death toll in the 1970s while he was president - has prompted accusations his performance may have been too sympathetic. Whitaker retorts, "I was searching for the truth. I read books, studied documentaries and news footage. "I think it would be a mistake not to recognise that these often brutal historical figures do have this charisma. To not do that is wrong."


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