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Forrest Whitaker as Idi Amin The Last King of Scotland

Forrest Whitaker as Idi Amin The Last King of Scotland

Forrest Whitaker as Idi Amin The Last King of Scotland

The thing that makes Amin the stuff of nightmares is not just his monstrous brutality, but the fact that we are so drawn to him. When we first meet Whitaker’s Amin here, we understand how he seduced the masses of Uganda into following him. He’s jovial, amiable, even fun. However when the opposition nearly assassinates him, we get a glimpse of his savagery, but not before our protagonist has become entangled in his web. As Amin sinks deeper in paranoia and violent mood swings, his true nature is revealed – a cruel, capricious child who charms the media as a quaint curiousity, while his death squads carry out mass murder on a rarely-surpassed scale.