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Forest Whitaker says 'The Butler' served him well

Forest Whitaker says 'The Butler' served him well

NEW YORK — Forest Whitaker tends to talk about his work with a mystical flourish. Movie roles, he says, have helped him achieve transcendence, learn the value of quiet and appreciate fear. Yet the star of Lee Daniels' "The Butler" is surprisingly direct about how he squandered an opportunity after his Oscar turn as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in 2006's "The Last King of Scotland." "I thought I found a new way to work after that movie. I could be this intense person, someone who vibrated differently, and it would make me a better actor," he said. "Then I tried it on a few movies, and it didn't work." But last year he began...

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