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Forest Whitaker feels he didn't do justice to Tutu in his role in The Forgiven

By: stagedoorscribbler - November 11, 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

He’s already said that portraying that lifelong champion of peace social justice Desmond Tutu on screen was more scary than playing brutal dictator Idi Amin.
Now Hollywood actor Forest Whittaker says he feels he didn’t really do justice to his Tutu role in the film The Forgiven which was released two years ago.
The movie, which was directed by Roland Joffe and received Archbishop Tutu’s seal of approval, is a semi-fictional account of Tutu’s post-Apartheid work with South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Based on the play The Archbishop and the Antichrist, the film explores Tutu's dilemma when meeting a vicious murderer seeking redemption.
Whitaker said he felt humbled to be playing one of his great heroes and Tutu was quoted as saying: “This timely, compelling and intelligent film, movingly, and above all humanely, captures what it felt like to be working with members of the TRC.”
But now 58-year-old Oscar winner Whitaker is quited as saying:"I'm not sure I was able to reach the place that I would have liked to [have] done to justify what a man he is.”