Idi Amin is a daunting subject for a feature film, but Forest Whitaker played the former Ugandan dictator’s charismatic side as well as the murderous rages into which he could erupt at any moment. When I spoke with him on October 6, 2006, that was the first thing I asked him about before moving on to the intricacies of language and the miracle and necessity of forgiveness.
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND is a fictionalized account of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of a Scottish physician played by James McAvoy, who came to Africa in search of adventure, and gets more than he bargained for when he is recruited by Amin himself to be his personal doctor, advisor, and friend. The film co-stars Kerry Washington and Gillian Anderson. It was directed by Kevin MacDonald from a script by Peter Morgan, Jeremy Brodk, based on the novel by Giles Foden.